Much is being made about Florida’s lack of playmakers on offense. But what about that UF defense? Those guys aren’t making a lot of plays, either.
A year ago, during Florida’s amazing run to the national championship, the defense’s ability to force turnovers (and actually score) was one of the reasons the Gators enjoyed such high-scoring games and lopsided victories in the second half of the season.
This season, the games have been closer, the scores lower. Everyone points to Percy Harvin and Louis Murphy being gone and the lack of playmakers remaining on offense. But the defense’s inability to create turnovers has also been a major factor.
In UF’s last two SEC games, the Gators had one turnover (interception) against LSU and zero turnovers against Arkansas. Through six games, the Gators have produced only nine takeaways (seven interceptions, two fumble recoveries). If the current pace continues, the Gators will end up with only 18 takeaways on the season. Contrast that to a year ago, when the Gators forced 33 turnovers, 24 on interceptions.
The bottom line is the defense is not producing a lot of turnovers that are giving the offense a short field to work with. And here’s another thing to consider: the Gators do not have a defensive touchdown this season.
So, the next time you hear someone whining about the lack of playmakers on the Florida offense, point out the fact that the same thing is happening on the defense.
This is a team that probably needs to amp up the tempo on both sides of the ball to make some things happen.