Florida coaches have plenty to work on, starting up front

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Florida quarterback Malik Zaire is sacked by Michigan safety Khaleke Hudson in the second half Saturday in Arlington, Texas. [Tony Gutierrez/The Associated Press]

Only one game into the season, Florida’s opponents already have a blueprint on how to attack and stymie the Gators’ offense. It was provided by Michigan in the Wolverines’ 33-17 smackdown Saturday in Arlington, Texas.

The Wolverines crowded the line of scrimmage with seven defenders and confused and physically overwhelmed a Florida offensive line that was supposed to be a team strength this season.

Michigan blitzed, stunted and dominated the offensive line, and as a result the offense went nowhere, especially in a second half that saw the Gators get outscored 20-0.

The offensive line is sure to see more of the same, especially when SEC play begins in two weeks against Tennessee.

“They want to get better,” wide receiver Josh Hammond said of the offensive line. “They want to get back and go get it cleaned up, see what they messed up on, see what Michigan ran and definitely get it fixed.

“A lot of other teams will probably try to mimic what Michigan did, so we definitely have to get what they did cleaned up and get ready to face that in upcoming games.”

Certainly, there were a lot of mental errors and missed assignments up front that contributed to the meltdown. But most of the problems seemed to stem from the fact the offensive line was not physical enough to cope with a strong and aggressive Michigan defensive front.

There was no push in the running game (the Gators managed just 11 yards rushing on 27 attempts), the quarterbacks had no time to effectively run the offense (six sacks), and UF’s potential playmakers were taken out of the game.

UF coach Jim McElwain said after the game that he and the offensive coaches do not need to revamp the offense. But it’s clear they need to rethink some things now that it’s evident the offensive line is not as sturdy as everyone thought heading into Saturday’s game.

“We’ve got to look at a lot of things,” he said. “And yet, it’s not time to hit the panic button. We’ve got a good football team. We’ll come back and do the right thing and be OK.

“I think we just continue to challenge them (on the offensive line). I like those guys. They learned some lessons today. We’ve got to give them an opportunity to be successful.”

McElwain said the coaches need to work out a plan that not only will help out the beleaguered offensive line, but put the quarterbacks and playmakers in a better position to make plays and sustain drives.

“It’s one of those deals,” McElwain said. “It’s disappointing, and yet I can see where we’re at and I can see the pieces. More than anything else, cleaning up that get-it-to list and let those guys go make some plays.

“I think we have an opportunity to grow and be a really, really good team. And that’s what we’re planning to do.”

McElwain said the offensive staff put together a good game plan, but it failed because the Gators were beaten so badly on the line of scrimmage.

“It was foiled by getting whooped by big, strong guys. And that was disappointing.”

Not only do the Gators need to rethink their offensive options and clean things up on the line, they have to determine the best route to go with the quarterback position.

Feleipe Franks was benched in favor of Malik Zaire early in the third quarter, but the results were basically the same for both QBs. They did not have enough time to execute most phases of the offense.

McElwain said the coaches would examine the situation at quarterback this week and come up with a plan for Saturday’s game.

“We’ll put a plan together and get a look at it,” he said.

Contact Robbie Andreu at 352-374-5022 or robbie.andreu@gvillesun.com. Also check out Andreu’s blog at Gatorsports.com.

61 COMMENTS

  1. In the beginning of the game the O-Line was confused by the defensive scheme, but in the second half often Michigan only rushed 3 D-lineman and still got to the QB. Most of the offensive line has at least 1 year of experience. Either they are not talented enough or not tough enough. I suspect just a lower level of talent

  2. It’s more than a disappointment, Coach. It’s a warning that Gator football simply can’t continue to play without an offense no matter how good its defense may be (which wasn’t very good this time either). Gator fans are rumbling, they’re tired of, over the course of the last 6 years, going from elite to average or below. Most of us know you can get it going and that you’re the right coach to do it…..it’s time!

  3. I’d like to know who scheduled this game at the start of the season with a traditional powerhouse such as Michigan. Especially with a team like ours that has had a number of questionable seasons in a row. I smell $$$$$$$ here. This BAD game will taint the entire season this year, and maybe the recruiting efforts. These high school guys will probably look twice at us now. I knowthe 10 goof offs that did not play had some effect on this game, but probably not all that much. I am old enough to remember the “maybe next year” times, but I am not sure about even next year.

    • You would rather open with Nevada or Idaho St.? Bama, FSU and other elite programs don’t have a problem opening with a quality opponent, Florida needs to toughen up, this was the first quality opening game in decades, quit whining.

      • Kevin: I think John’s point was that we’re no longer an elite team. Which is true, sadly, and pretending to be when we know we aren’t is getting a little ridiculous. If and when we ever get back our mojo, what the hell, schedule a damn NFL team on opening day!

  4. I don’t believe the offense needs to be revamped, the team (coaches and players) need to recognize when an adjustment needs to happen, and make it happen. As for QB, I think Franks is the guy. He was accurate with long passes, which has been sorely missing, and he showed the capability to extend a play and escape. He had one true mistake losing control of the ball as he was re-adjusting to stretch to the 1st down, but he was beaten from the lack of time…the same issue that Zaire had after he came in. More game time offense running, the better control I think he’ll have. He’s our ride or die right now, but it’s not a bad thing to have a change of pace and pure game manager behind him.

    • I agree. I thought Franks looked good when he was able to actually play QB. His passes were on the mark and he can run when he has to. He just needs the field time. So he should be the starter this week and get at least 3 quarters of playing time. By the way, what happened to Kyle Trask? Of course, it’s all moot if the O line doesn’t get it’s act together.

  5. Don’t need or revamp the offense?? Well, no, if you’re shooting for a return to the Birmingham Bowl – maybe – because after all they do have a Dreamland, and that really cool statue on a hill that shoots fire. Nope, no need to revamp anything that consistently ranks in the second hundred of rankings – which is what the Vols feel like when the come in second for the state championship. No, being consistently below 100 in total offense will make UF more attractive to 3-star skill players that want to see immediate playing time, and will give our ‘D’ the opportunity to shine, until the 4th quarter when the gas rationing returns.

    And really, why revamp any offense when Gators know exactly when to get up for a bathroom trip without fear of missing a big play? Damn d considerate of Mac and Nuss if you ask me.

    And for you sorry sacks wanting SOS, The HBC to take the helm, I ask you,why would he want to damage his brand? He’s having fun as an ambassador, and they might need him to coach up the State Dept over North Korea any day now.

    • Pat / Winter/Joe blow and who else you call yourself..Troll.. Spurrier built our program and he has to be sad as much as anyone to see what the last 2 coaches have done to “his Brand” offense. I say get short term get rid of Nussbummer and hand the old ball coach the offense playbook and let him figure out what works.. Come on..we were up at half time and Mac and Nussbummer did nothing to change the game calling except sending an inept 3rd sting QB that had the look of a deer in the head lights.. Need SOS ASAP!

  6. The University just announced its dropping the name Gators as its making certain staff and students feel unsafe. The new name for the sports teams are the Fighting Liberals. It better represents the school administration and teaching staff.

  7. Time for Nuss to go. We’ve got plenty of talent. The play calling stinks. Also time for leaders on the team to lay the law down with all the guys that are so selfish that they can’t stay out of trouble. Get rid of these guys and let’s find some kids that are committed to winning. Our d did a good job yesterday but we’re left on the field too long by a offense that couldn’t move the ball. Plenty of ways to slow down the blitz when you’re struggling to block. More quick passes, hot reads, screens, etc. Let’s go Mac!!!!

    • You’re spot on Steve. Every defense we’ve played in the last 6 years seems to be able to figure out what’s coming since we are the most predictable offense in the SEC. Run, run, pass, punt is not an offensive plan. Having been an OC in a large HS program even I know that you need to loosen the D up or they’ll continue to stuff you at the LOS. Do our QBs not have the option to audible into another play if the one called is simply outmanned? UM played 8-9 in the box most of the second half and we continued to try to run the same plays that were unsuccessful earlier. What’s the definition of insanity? Maybe Mac should take over the play calling. He’s supposed to be an offensive guru. Whoever calls the plays should try and get out of their comfort zone and show the defenses some new wrinkles. While I admit that the O-line could have played better, it’s still impossible for 5 to block 8 or 9. You can bet that’s what we’ll see from Tennessee. Heck, probably from Northern Colorado. Hope folks don’t get too fired up if we put up some points this weekend. Not exactly a test. If we don’t then something definitely has to change.

  8. The problem is not the OL. The problem is not the QB. The problem is not the running game. The problem is not the tight ends. The problem is not the wide receivers (who get open all the time). The problem is the offensive coaching and a scheme that the opposing teams have figured out and attack relentlessly, which sets up all of the above for failure every single Saturday. Better play calling would help, but I have come to the conclusion that Nussmeier does not have that capability, especially the ability to realize what a defense in doing and make the proper adjustments to counter that defensive scheme. Nussmeier calls predictable plays and plays that constant set up the entire offense for failure. The OC needs to be replaced. Period. It is sad that McElwain does not see that fact. Every defensive coordinator that will play Florida this year will love coaching against Doug Nussmeier. Their defenses will know more about what Florida is going to do than Nussmeier will know. And their players will continue to make a group of very talented players, including the OL, look very untalented. Coaching. Fix it, McElwain, or go somewhere else.

    • Have to agree that Nuss has demonstrated profound incompetence. As SOS pointed out many years ago, there is a play to beat every defense. Michigan did nothing to disguise what they were doing. They lined right up and said– come at us. Yet Nuss called plays that in no way recognized the scheme and even when the plays failed– as anyone with any sense knew they would — he just kept calling them over and over. You could see Michigan’s players laughing with contempt at how easy Nuss made it for them. Yet he and Mack leave the game pounding their chests bragging about what a great game plan they had. Insanity!

    • Rick you are a true gator..i see your post all over and I believe in most of them and this was spot on! ASAP..If Mac is such an offensive Guru..let’s see him take over calling the plays or is Nussbummer just his cover so he will not be exposed as a Fraud? Gator 4 Life!

      • JM/PR degree from UF in 1973. Gator 4 life! Seen the good and the bad over the years. And this is not good right now. But even when Nussmeier does call a good play, more often than not the Florida players blow assignments and do not execute those play calls well. This also comes back to coaching. The Michigan players exhibited much more confidence and execution than the Florida players did. Harbaugh coaches Michigan. McElwain coaches Florida. Harbaugh calls the offensive plays. Nussmeier calls the plays for Florida. Total mismatch in coaching offense and it showed on Saturday. Brown coaches the Michigan defense and Shannon the Florida defense. Not much of a mismatch there, but Shannon suffers because of the poor play of the Florida offense.

        • Rick, i would like to touch on a few words in your comment,especially one,CONFIDENCE! Harbaugh has trust his players,his OC and coaches. remember the two picks Spieght threw? his coach didn’t give up on him. he even allowed him to call an audible before the snap to change the play. Harbaugh never pulled and benched ANY player for making a bone head play,i can’t say that about Mac. Mac doesn’t have any trust in his players,hence poor play,missed assignments,and not having their head in the game. i hope i am wrong,but thats the way i see it. GO GATORS!

    • Absolutely. He is a poor to average play caller at best. They/we knew what we would run most times. We hear about all these play makers who don’t get touches. It was a coaching mismatch…and the pulling of Franks made zero sense. There was no shame in losing to a Michigan team with all the suspensions…so let your QB grow. Zaire may be a great kid, but we have to end this stop gap 5th year transfer stuff and develop our guys.

      • Finally, someone seeing the crux of the QB problem! Forget this 5th year transfer chimera and let Franks develop. If not, no talented high school QB, in his right mind, would ever consider committing to UF. By the way how about working Trask and Toney back into the picture.

  9. Mak and Nuss never learn and never improve because they always blame the players. Notice he still insists their idiotic gameplan was was sound, but it was the player’s fault for getting dominated by Michigan. And yet who was it who telling everyone how great tHe online was going to be? Who believed his own BS and built a game plan around his own delusional ravings? Who set these players up by lying to them about how good they were instead of telling what they needed to hear– hit weights- something he is only saying now that the reality of seeing the team whipped on national television has exposed his insane ravings to the world?

    Who tried to convince everyone that a back-up QB from a four win team was a super star elevating the play of all around him? Yeah. To the tune of 192 yards.

    The coach is always responsible, but we have coaches who always blame the players, and that is why week after week, season after season they will continue to fail. The offense Nuss and Mack are planning for doesn’t exist anywhere but in their own minds. They need to plan for the team they have and not the one they pretended existed all summer.

  10. In order to make a recovery, you must first admit you have a problem. Step one: denial. We will not improve because Mac can’t admit there is a problem. It’s time for him to go. Today. And, by the way, the Head Ball Coach is on campus.

  11. We need to change coaches NOW! These coaches have proven their lack of ability to adjust and create. They are over paid, and are not creating solutions by adjusting, they have become the problem themselves.
    The short term fix: Name Shannon the HBC, name Spurrier the OC and get this year behind us. Spurrier will also have to help raise the money to pay Mac for leaving. This is ugly, but real. We are simply too tired of watching this absolute crap. At the end of the season then reassess. May be Mullen becomes relevant. May be Kelly, we all know, if we are honest, that Mac does not have what it takes.

  12. These coaches are too close to the issues to see reality. It isn’t “time to hit the panic button” because of a loss to Michigan. It’s time to hit the panic (read: EJECT) button because it has been 29 games of this go-nowhere, zero-dimensional, embarrassing excuse for offensive game-planning. TWENTY NINE GAMES. No sign of improvement. Fire Nuss now.

  13. We should let our new AD know that he will be gone very soon if he is not willing to let our bad coaching staff go ASAP. I feel for every gator,(including myself), that, #1, had to sit in AT&T Stadium and watch that crap that a one returning starter on Mich D manhandled the entire Fla Offence and #2, The millions of dollars proud gators wasted on that night mare of a football game in Texas. To the new AD, cut your losses and get out while the getting is still good ….PLEASE GET CHIP KELLY NOW, ASAP

  14. ”…cleaning up that get-it-to list and let those guys go make some plays.” ~Coach Mac.
    Well Coach, what a novel idea. You mean that ”get-it-to list” like Toney, who was absent the entire 1st half? Or the go-to-guys that you had us all believing were ”ready to go”? Never saw much misdirection! Never saw a speed sweep in the 1st half to make Michigan ”think”. The PLAY-CALLING and the O-LINE are in serious need of ”revamping”, or say hello to 6-6 in year 3, Coach! You said ”your dog” could play Q.B. in your 1st presser at U.F., so is there any eligibility left for your dog, Coach Mac?

  15. Start looking UF! Mac can talk in a funny way during press meeting but he better hire a different O.C. next year ( I can’t believe this going on again) because this one is bad. Let’s fire the current O.C. Now and Hire the HBC for this season? Anyone Agree?????

  16. Not to be contrary, but I disagree with Rick a little bit. You can try to take the blame off of the players if you want and put it on the coaches and the play calling, but good Lord! If you call 27 running plays and only get 11 yards, are you kidding me! It has to fall on the offensive line, there is no way except for a goal line defense that you should average 0.41 yards per carry. I am not saying when you have 8 guys in the box that any play other than a dive up the middle, say a quick slant to a wide receiver, would not have a better chance but the big boys have got to be tough, and right now they are not.

  17. This team and this coaching staff makes me sick! This coaching staff and team has more excuses for losing games than any team I know of. It’s extremely obvious that this staff has no idea how to prepare this team to play a football game. You have 110+ players on the roster and what we saw on Saturday is the best that you can come up with? How about attending some coaching camps — you need them. How about attending a recruiting conference to recruit some talented offensive lineman and some BIG running backs that can run over/through tacklers. And how about teaching our defensive players how to tackle? This team has poor football fundamentals. Learn to wrap up when you tackle and maybe the opposing team won’t run through four of you!!! Just PATHETIC!!!!

  18. It’s clear that our offense has issues and the OL did not due its job. Listening to Macs post game talk he mentioned several times how strong and physical Michigans OL was compared to ours and that we need to get better in the weight room. Could be a hint our strength coach is not doing his job (in addition to Nuss). If you’re not strong enough in the first place you’re not going to be able to push around the big uglies on the other side
    As far as the defense is concerned they will play better if they can stay off the field. Some missed assignment but will be corrected
    Lastly SOS will not come to the rescue. He’s enjoying life as Ambassador of the program and he’s in his 70s. Nuss must go or Mac will instead. If Mac is fired look for a heavy push for Chip Kelly
    Go Gators and FSUcks!!!!

  19. Fans need to look at the strength coach and OL coach, If the OL is confused the OL coach should have helped hem figure it out, there was enough time to do this considering how long the Michigan offense was on the field. Also, even though this is not the best time to do it, the strength coach can still help this OL get stronger as the season goes along. These guys are good recruiters, so maybe a reorganization will help keep the good recruiters and get coaching help. Just saying!

  20. So 2 seasons ago, Mac was starting as HBC for our Gators and Grier was our QB. Our OL was so thin yet we looked like world beaters w what seemed to be so much less. Now Grier is at WV and has nearly 400 yds and 3 TD along w 50+ yds rushing in his first game. How does any of this make sense. Are we really only getting scrubs, is Grier the best we have had since Tebow, have our coaches forgot how to coach or has every other team just figured us out? None of this makes sense to me. However it is very clear to me that Nuss has to go. That might only be the beginning but it is a good start

    • I did watch West Virginia last night, waiting to see Grier blow it. He didn’t, and in performing so well it seemed to tell me an awful lot about what’s been going on c the Gators for too long. Or else, it was just nice watching a team actually move the ball.

  21. The entire coaching staff has to go. Clean house. Start fresh with someone who actually knows what they are doing and has been on a big stage before. Not some “up and comer” from a little school. Not some “diamond in the rough”. Find the diamond and get him in here.

  22. And yet many of us are tired of the HBC not speaking the truth. They made no adjustments, no options for a defense that they should have anticipated. How about something SOS did effectively in the long past, maximum protection and a two man route. If you need seven offensive linemen and two backs to protect the QB that might be required. Mac better get it improved immediately or he won’t be our coach for long.

  23. Judging the quality of what you have on a team is a basic of being a head coach. Mac trumpeted to the World about how great our O-line would be (even though they didn’t show it in the spring game) and we got our azzes handed to us by a real football team. How could Mac have been so wrong? It shows how little he really knows about football basics. We’re paying this clown $4.5M a year to do what? We all know that Nussmeier is incompetent and should never have a job above the high school level. All but one person knows that. And that person is Mac. He just doesn’t have the basic skill set to occupy the chair in the Gator HC’s office.

    NOW he says we should get in the weight room! Are you kidding me Mac???

  24. It was an embarrassment. After how many years of embarrassment? It’s obviously not talent. We have that. Spurrier inherited a team with a fraction of the talent we have, and was winning from day one. And I still have faith that Mac can be the coach at the helm, as he’s recruiting well and the players seem to respect him. BUT staff heads have to roll, beginning with Nussmeir. This is NOT acceptable. If Nuss can’t adapt the scheme to what the opponent is doing, he’s not the guy. If Mac can’t adapt the staff to the realities on the field, he’s not the guy either. You can’t be the nice guy all the time. If Nuss doesn’t go, the lot of you will be going in short order. Fix it.

  25. The problem is that when you put an offensive plan together that you think will work and it blows up in your face you change some thing at halftime you don’t come and do the same things all over again in the second half.

    I think nuss and Mac are incapable of making adjustments during the course of a game

  26. Where we are as a program is unacceptable. That is a given. While it’s typically not as bad as it seems after a loss such as this-it’s pretty bad.

    Many of my cronies we’re optimistic about this game. I can’t say i was. When we saw the line of scrimmage during the first series I knew we were in a heap of doo. A big pile o’ poo. I love the Orange and Blue through and through. I am not upset with the players. The fans are generally pie-in-the sky. When I hear we were leading at halftime, or bring Spurrier in to coach, or make Randy Shannon head coach, I realize maybe you all should stick to your days jobs.

    Here’s why the Gators got lambasted: Harbaugh is twice the coach, his players sat quietly after hearing how green and inexperienced they were. Our players are selfish and mismanaged. Michigan knows they “whoop” us – they’ve done it 4 times in recent history. Their coach is intense, he’s a winner, and the players take on the identity of their leader. Our coach is really unsure how best any formidable team. We are nowhere as a program. Unfortunately, the whole kit and caboodle needs revamping. We will beat most of the teams we should; however, just like the Mudchamp era, we are predictable on O. There is essentially a how to beat Florida blueprint that has existed for years.

    This year we will lose some games, Gator teams of old, would take care of and it will another year of beating no one worthwhile.

    When I mention we’ll go 8-4 at best, some will say, I’ll take 8-4 and I reply that, with our schedule, that means we beat no one.

    Listen we may be the SEC champ the last two years, but no one could ever convince me that we had/have a good football team.
    I like the coaches, nothing personal, but the program needs a new fighter pilot – yesterday

  27. Where we are as a program is unacceptable. That is a given. While it’s typically not as bad as it seems after a loss such as this-it’s pretty bad.

    Many of my cronies we’re optimistic about this game. I can’t say i was. When we saw the line of scrimmage during the first series I knew we were in a heap of doo. A big pile o’ poo. I love the Orange and Blue through and through. I am not upset with the players. The fans are generally pie-in-the sky. When I hear we were leading at halftime, or bring Spurrier in to coach, or make Randy Shannon head coach, I realize maybe you all should stick to your days job.

    Here’s why the Gators got lambasted: Harbaugh is twice the coach, his players sat quietly after hearing how green and inexperienced they were. Our players are selfish and mismanaged. Michigan knows they “whoop” us – they’ve done it 4 times in recent history. Their coach is intense, he’s a winner, and the players take on the identity of their leader. Our coach is really unsure how best to beat any formidable team. We are nowhere as a program.
    Unfortunately, the whole kit and caboodle needs revamping. We will beat most of the teams we should; however, just like the Mudchamp era, we are predictable on O. There is essentially a how to beat Florida blueprint that has existed for years.

    This year we will lose some games, Gator teams of old, would take care of and it will another year of beating no one worthwhile.

    When I mention we’ll go 8-4 at best, some will say, I’ll take 8-4 and I reply that, with our schedule, that means we beat no one.

    Listen we may be the SEC champ the last two years, but no one could ever convince me that we had/have a good football team.
    I like the coaches, nothing personal, but the program needs a new fighter pilot – yesterday

  28. Wow what a nightmare. I’ve been watching Gator Football for 40 + years and have never felt so bad about our team this early in the season. Why on Earth would Mac say our O Line was the strength of the team. I don’t like being lied too. Something has to give here but there’s so many bad things going on that I can’t pick where to start.

  29. We got coached once again we need some true leadership out there we haven’t had that since Tebow left everyone is looking around like we are loss and never played freshmen or not when you put that uniform on it’s time to get busy and once again it starts with the head we have to many weapons to play like that it’s total embarrassment for gator nation no excuses for players out cause guys should b ready to step up I’m so 😡

  30. I am with you Kevin. This is only the second posting on the Sun I have ever made. First one not posted. I have not seen us utilize a full back since Meyer. I have also not seen us adjust well in the second half since Meyer. The coaching staff has a lot to learn about adjustments. Hire a quarterback coach like Shane Mathews and let Mac call the Offensive plays. Run more two back sets and two tight end sets and pick up the pace on the huddle. It is sad when the fans can see the play coming before it happens and can predict the result.

    The team, especially the offensive line, lack the hunger and chip on their shoulder to get the job done. Talent alone doesn’t make you successful. True in business, true on a football field. You have to want it. Unfortunately all the ranting and suggestions that we fans make will not change anything. The AD has to judge whether or not the program is heading in the right direction. Hopefully he won’t wait as long as Foley did at times. Go Gators!

  31. I really hate that our coaching staff are going to look at the quarterback, really! We could have Tom Brady out there and if the O-line does not block for him he will look just as bad. I think Franks will be good if he has time. There does have to be something changed not sure who but needs to be done. I also hate the way our coach gets up there and really makes it all sound like it’s not a problem. Maybe they(O-line) need to take some martial arts lessons and learn some leverage. At this point it could not hurt them at all.

  32. Get rid of the head and his girlfriend Nuss both a joke everyone is in it for the money they don’t really understand what our program is about teams use to be scared to play us now it’s like whatever of course it’s first game of season but since them two arrived no spark if your coach is layed back then players are too Spurrier please do something offensive line was horrible but play calling was just as worse and nothing was done about if changes don’t come it’s going to be a rough year😤

  33. I don’t know why anyone is complaining. UF looked the same it has always looked, well most always, when going up against a real team with a real coach.
    McElwain is a mediocre coach and now has the same record as Will Muschamp, 19-9, through the same number of games. Muschamp had some bad losses, Vandy and georgia Southern come to mind, but UF was at least competitive when facing real teams. UF isn’t even competitive now. They routinely get blown out. How bad would the Michigan game have been if Michigan’s QB and WR hadn’t made bad plays? The receivers were wide open, so UF’s TDs weren’t the result of great defensive play. If Michigan’s QB hadn’t been subpar, it would have been much, much worse.
    The sad part is that McElwain doesn’t think anything is wrong. He sees no need to “revamp the offense” when, under him, it’s been one of the worst in the nation. UF was 112th his first year, 116th in his second. Is he trying for 120th this year?
    I really believe that McElwain doesn’t know how to evaluate players, as well. He claimed the offensive line was THE strength of this year’s team. He thinks David Reese played ‘fantastic” against Michigan, when he was a big reason Michigan ran all over UF. It’s statements like that, along with many more that affirm what I have always thought, that McElwain doesn’t know what he’s doing except be a con man.
    McElwain is a dead man walking. The only question is the execution date. It won’t happen this year. The A.D. is an idiot, as well, as seen by him giving a huge raise and extension to McElwain and Nussmeier for producing the worst offense, in consecutive years, in UF history.
    It’s eerily the same as the Muschamp era. We are hearing “we’ll get it fixed” and “we’ve got a good football team” once again after getting embarassed on the field. But, at least, Muschamp seemed distraught. McElwain doesn’t seem to think he needs to do anything different. He has a ‘plan” and he’s not going to change it, no matter how bad UF looks.
    I expect a dumpster fire this year and then we’ll hear more hot air before next season, with the latest being about the next “Great White Hope”, Matt Corral. When that turns out to be another fantasy, hopefully McElwain will get fired so UF has a chance to hire a real coach for 2019.

  34. There is no need to jump ship but the play calling duties should be removed from Nuss. I feel the scheme that is being run does not fit our players. We could easily run a 4 WR set that attacks the safeties and LBs. Putting the RBs in the passing game would go a long way of helping the OL. If we are running the deep square in and out routes the LB would need to help in coverage. Every game plan needs to come with adjustments but the original game plan needs to attack an area or position. K. Toney should spend his time at the slot position and the QB carousel needs to stop. Franks and Del Rio should be the only QBs getting reps. Mac is causing his players to play tentative and it shows on offense. When a player makes a mistake then it is the doghouse for that player. When a player makes a mistake in life he is given many chances. Mac should have kicked Calloway off the team after the 2nd infraction.