September 3, 2018 at 3:02 am #35123
I’m impressed with Coach Mullen and staff. It took a lot of planning and coaching to have the team so well prepared for the opener.
It was the easy game it was supposed to be against an out-matched opponent. It would be enough if it was just the Xs and Os. There was improvement in every phase of the game.
We saw maximum effort and focus from our players. They played as a team, had fun, won convincingly and avoided dumb penalties. We haven’t seen that around here in a while.
Confidence and determination was high. There’s a scheme in place that allows players to immediately contribute and succeed.
They made it look easy to put it back in place.
September 3, 2018 at 8:12 am #35124
September 9, 2018 at 3:28 am #35283
How far and how fast can Coach Mullen and staff bring them along?
Defense – have a basic open field tackling practice. Play the new scheme better. There’s an expected learning curve. It’s fixable and can be turned around.
Offense – Right now we’re patching things together at the center of the Florida line and it shows. It could be a more persistent problem. There’s not a lot of depth or experience to pull from in relief. All these backs and we’re struggling to run between the tackles.
September 9, 2018 at 7:56 am #35284
The Gators’ defense played very poorly. A big part of it was that Kentucky was simply being more physical. They were aggressive and the Gators seemed to think that all they needed to do was show up. Playing with more heart would make a difference.
The offensive line may be hopeless. I’m not sure how the Gators can expect to have much success on that side of the ball. Maybe the OL can find a way to improve, but they’ve had enough experience that they should be looking much better than they did last night. Franks struggled in the second half of the game, but he was not the main problem by any means.
September 11, 2018 at 12:59 am #35324
September 16, 2018 at 7:57 pm #35422
In following up with this thread, this is a week where coaching or coaches could give us an edge.
How well can the coaches design a game plan to exploit our strength against their weakness? Enhance the players ability to execute?
Players and plays make the game. Coaching has it’s effects. Last season the two division teams and rivals reset their respective programs. It’s only natural to look at this game as a “SEC Survivor Bowl” of sorts to see which team has progressed the mostest and fastest.
From my perspective, Florida has a clear advantage in the coaching staff over Tennessee. Dan Mullen brought a team of SEC caliber people from MSU, many have been with him for years. Pruitt has an outstanding group of coaches at UT, most working together for the first time.
Have we found the bottom as programs? That’s the question that will be answered by the players in Knoxville. For either team to win, it will come down to the players and ability to execute a game plan.
September 25, 2018 at 12:45 am #35545
October 1, 2018 at 10:22 pm #35662
In keeping with the theme of this thread on the years of experience most of our coaching staff have working together – an “unexpected” victory in Starkville?
Bulldogs were stunned to see last year’s head coach and most of the staff on the other sideline – with players in the white, orange and blue unis. Players had to execute, but it was not hard for Coach Mullen and now Gator coaches to put an effective game plan together.
Experience working together will continue to reap benefits for the Gator coaches with LSU.
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