One place we’re routinely assured the Portal Master™ has a decisive advantage over Kirby Smart is in-game coaching. Never mind that Mullen has yet to prevail in a single head-to-head meeting; rings are being run around even as the losses mount.
As a reminder, here is an example of genius.
Frustration on the Florida offense surfaced early last week in the game against Georgia as the Gators called two timeouts of their opening possession.
The Gators called timeout with 13:13 left in the first quarter, and then two plays later with 11:42 on a drive that went eight plays, but ultimately ended on an incomplete pass on fourth down at the Georgia 40-yard line.
Coach Dan Mullen said earlier this week that a lot went into calling the timeouts, and that there was an “administrative” problem. But Gainesville Sun columnist Pat Dooley shed light on the issue in a podcast called “Dooley Noted.”
Dooley said a fan first raised the issue that some Gator players had the wrong wrist band.
“(Kyle) Trask was getting one play, the receivers were getting another, it was a disaster,” Dooley said, and later confirmed the issue. “So obviously, that’s a bad mistake. That’s a mistake that shouldn’t be happening in Week (10), that’s a mistake that shouldn’t be happening at a program like this with all the people that are running around with jobs.”
Some fans also pointed out that it was particularly embarrassing as the Gators were coming out of a bye week and seemingly should have plans like this ironed out.
‘Ya think? Good job, fans.
Kirby’s done some stuff that’s made me pull my hair out, but I’d like to believe by the time he’s got a decade of being a head coach under his belt, he’ll at least have fully mastered the art of having everyone wearing the same play calling device.