It’s too early to panic, but it isn’t too early to have serious concerns about Will Muschamp’s future as the Gators’ head football coach.
In 2½ seasons he has a 22-10 record and has won 15 of his last 19. Those are respectable to good numbers, but considering Florida’s resources – and, yes, lofty expectations -- those numbers certainly aren‘t outstanding. The Gators have been upset only a couple of times during Muschamp’s tenure, but they haven’t posted many signature victories either.
The bigger concern is the Gators’ lack of offensive progress. In an age of offensive football, the Gators look like a team stuck in the 60s and 70s, and that’s especially true against top competition when the Gators are 5-10. The failure to recruit and/or develop quarterbacks and receivers is becoming alarming.
Offensive coordinator Brent Pease catches much of the heat because his conservative play-calling, but Muschamp is the boss. He deserves most of the credit for Florida’s successes and most of the heat for its failures. Certainly if Muschamp wanted a more wide open attack that’s what Pease would call.
The Gators’ success under Muschamp, of course, can be credited to the defense and that aspect of the game has been outstanding. It may be the best in the nation. It was certainly good enough to win at LSU, holding the Tigers’ explosive offense to only 17 points. But the punchless Gators managed only two field goals.
The game was more or less typical of how the Gators have performed against quality competition under Muschamp.
In SEC play, Florida is 3-6 against Alabama, Georgia, LSU, South Carolina and Texas A&M and 10-1 against Auburn, Tennessee, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Arkansas and Missouri.
In nonconference play, the Gators are 2-3 against quality teams (Ohio State, FSU, Miami and Louisville) and 7-0 against opponents playing in Gainesville to collect big paychecks.
If such a trend continues is that successful enough for Muschamp to keep his job? Most outsiders would think so, but history tells us Gator Nation would disagree.
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