You could see this one coming a mile away.
But being fast is not as important as being right.
That’s the word this week from Florida coach Will Muschamp and offensive coordinator Kurt Roper coming off the 65-0 opening-day win over Eastern Michigan in which the offense was not really all that fast getting lined up and firing off plays.
Execution takes priority over speed in the Gators’ new spread, uptempo offense.
“My ideal is to no-huddle, we’re quick tempo, we’re at the ball, we can play fast whenever we need to play fast,” Roper said Tuesday. “I’ve never been one to really harp on tempo. It’s all about execution, staying on the field and those things.”
“I think we can change tempo based on the game situation and how we want to go about things. That never really presented itself,” Muschamp said. “We felt pretty comfortable in the rhythm we were in.
Boom isn’t a no-huddle, break neck guy. He’s a defensive guy who wants the pace of a game to favor his defense. So while he may hire an offensive coordinator who utters devotion to tempo, that’s not the same thing as sticking with a high paced offensive attack game in and game out. And I’ve seen nothing from him in his stint at Gainesville to suggest he won’t hesitate to have Roper tone it down to a level he’s more comfortable with.
That kind of approach worked so well at Auburn, where it cost two successive head coaches their jobs. Of course, maybe Muschamp wouldn’t know about that, since he’s never coached at Aub… oh, wait.