Andreu’s Analysis: Shannon in charge

Missouri quarterback Drew Lock will give the Gators all they can handle Saturday. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Before we get to this week’s game, I want to offer this first prediction: Willie Taggart. And I’ll just leave it at that.

Now, on to Saturday’s game at Missouri.

I really like what Randy Shannon has done in his first week as the interim head coach. He’s shaken things up a little bit by changing the routine and naming Malik Zaire the starting quarterback.

Shannon has always been very popular among the players and they seem excited about the opportunity to play for him. It just feels like a fresh start to a season that had grown stagnant, and everyone seems ready to distance themselves from the recent events concerning the stunning departure of Jim McElwain.

The players definitely haven’t given up on this season. They’re talking about winning out and making it to a bowl game. Winning out is possible, but not likely.

Going with Zaire at quarterback is a good thing and could spark the dormant offense. Then, again, the Gators have the same guy (Doug Nussmeier) calling plays and the same players who have struggled so mightily throughout the season.

The way the Tigers have cranked things up on offense, including scoring 28 points against Georgia, I figure the Gators probably will have to score at least 28 points to win this game. And I just don’t see that happening.

Prediction: Missouri 31, Florida 17


    • Exactly. He’s the worst of the candidates in the six or so that continually get mentioned (Frost, Mullen, Norland, Taggart, Strong, and Fuente). In his defense he did take over programs that were in the toilet. But to see what Frost has done in just two years is incredible and it just feels like he’s got what it takes to be a top tier coach. Reminds me of Meyer really.

  1. So Nuss is still calling the plays? Is he working in a vacuum as he might have been doing under his friend? I bet not, and with a running QB I hope he is going to be running and making yards. Not to mention the focus on doing things 100% correct in practice, I hope that every receiver is running routes that they make any mistake running a lot until they can and will run them correctly every time, or some other player gets their spot.

  2. I’m not gulping the kool-aid with the interim coach, but I do think the players have renewed hope and focus.

    I think DBU kicks back in and the defense scores 7 or more and the gators pull it out in a close one that is NOT hanging on and praying at the end if the 4th quarter, but by playing a complete game. Gators 24 – Tigers 21

  3. Florida 37, Missouri 24.
    -Florida has far better talent on its roster.
    -Shannon tells Nussmeier to let off the breaks and let the ball fly.
    -Zaire sparks the offense on the ground and through the air.
    -Pineiro kicks three FGs, one from over 50 yards out.
    -And the defense gets in the end zone at least once as well.
    Go Gators.

  4. How in the heck is Taggert’s name even mentioned?
    Has anyone looked at his records as a head coach?
    Per Wikipedia:
    16-20 @ Western Kentucky
    24-25 @ South Florida
    45-49 @ Oregon
    Coached one bowl (Miami Beach Bowl) and lost.

  5. Taggert could be good and he could be McElwain. We need a proven winner. Taggert has one season with more than 8 wins. If you look at McElwain’s record pre-Florida it looks more impressive than Taggert. Same with Butch Jones. Taggert’s in a good place. Let Oregon figure out if he could coach a big time program, not us. We don’t have the luxury to whiff again.

  6. Willie Taggart should not be the next Gator HBC, the guy has an over-all losing record as a HBC. His success at USF offensively can be related directly to the direction he got from Joe Kinnan, who worked as a offensive consultant at USF after leaving Manatee HS.. When USF started having success on offense, anyone that’s watched Joe’s offense at Manatee HS, could see the markings of Joe’s imprint all over the USF offense. Joe didn’t travel with Willie when he took the Oregon job, mark my words Willie will not enjoy success at Oregon!

  7. I don’t think coach Shannon is quite as narcissistic as some of what we’ve had over the years, and he was the one guy at Miami that saw through and tried to fix the nevin shapiro thing that really hurt their program. he made progress turning around a mess, and I think hes inherited a bit of one here as well. Somewhere this man will get a fair chance. I’m not sure it will be UF, but its not like we don’t have a good coach for the rest of the season. If he wins out, which he may well do, weve got to think about giving him the job permanently, its going to be a lot easier financially with him as a choice, sorry for those enamored on more exciting choices.

  8. Isn’t it strange that with all the close games the Gators have been in that Eddy Piniero hasn’t been a factor in any of them. I don’t count the missed extra point at LSU. The offense had a full quarter to get close enough to give him a shot at the game winner and couldn’t get it done.

  9. FROSTBITE!!!!!!
    Scott Frost is the ONLY logical candidate; the only one that makes us a serious contender right away. Believe it or not, my second choice is already at UF… I like Randy Shannon. Just needs a good offensive coordinator!