Return of the Fun ‘n’ Gun

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The way Steve Spurrier’s offense struggled on the ground last week in the loss at LSU, some are surmising he’s ready to chuck his new Ground ’n Grind approach and start airing it out a little more in a stadium where he’s very comfortable (in fact, he’s the one that gave The Swamp its name).

So, is the head ball coach going to bring back the Fun ‘n’ Gun to Florida Field on Saturday?

Maybe. But probably not. That’s not the way he wins football games anymore. What worked in the 1990s isn’t a winning formula anymore in the SEC, even for Spurrier.

“Well, we caught a lot of passes against LSU. They didn’t get thrown very often. It’s just different now,” Spurrier said. “The guys we had there at Florida, we had good pass protectors and excellent passers and catchers, of course. So we were successful throwing it.

“For whatever reason, we’ve not quite had that here. We have excellent runners, so that’s what we’re trying to do a little bit more of. But again, we always shoot for balance running and throwing. Sometimes the running is more important than the throwing and that’s what you’re going to do more often.”

The league has changed — and so has Spurrier.

“I would say the biggest difference is a little bit of difference in the personnel and also the defenses get faster and quicker every year,” he said. “They’re faster, and then you throw the ball and it doesn’t go through the air any faster than it did 100 years ago, I guess.

“I think it makes it a little bit more different, although the NFL guys, they still throw it around pretty doggone well. So, that doesn’t mean you can’t throw.”

So, does the Fun ‘n’ Gun make an appearance in The Swamp on Saturday?

With Spurrier, you never know. That part of him has not changed.

15 COMMENTS

  1. Louisiana Monroe 21-14 last game against Bama!

    Bama 1 SEC title in last 12 years!

    Florida most SEC title game appearances of any school. Florida most SEC title game wins of any school. Most SEC title game losses? Bama.

  2. The Old Ball Coach has a lot to be wary of this weekend:
    The Gators will be at full strength on D while Lattimore will just be out of the garage and banged up. Advantage Gators.

    On O, The Gators can make holes for Gillislee, as did LSU.
    Our receivers should have a good day vs their secondary.

    On special teams watch DeBose have a big day.

    Gators 27-21 !
    Go Gators!

  3. I see the Gators taking care of business these next two weeks! Don’t care about Aaron Murray or who he is pulling for in this game. We are going to win Saturday and plow the field with Georgia next week.
    Go Gators!

  4. Impressive how Will Muschamp has muted the white noise that drove Spurrier to the NFL and put Meyer in the hospital by saying we are going to win games 20 – 17, 14 – 6 but we’re going to win. That’s who we are. I, for one, have enjoyed every Gator win, no matter the score, since I was about 12-years old in 1973 through my graduating class of ’84 all the way up to tomorrow, when we win 3 – 2. 😉

  5. Bama doesn’t have anywhere near 14 national titles. Why is it you only count 3 for UF if you are going to count every hardware store that named bama a national champion? The same services you are counting for bama for some of those titles gave UF the National Championship in 1984. Yet you count it for bama but not for UF.

  6. Bama has lost the most SEC championship games of any team in the conference. Who were all those losses to? Florida. Each and every one of them. That may explain why bama trolls come here looking for acceptance. Plus the fact UF has won twice as many national and SEC titles this century.

  7. Fine…just go back to the modern era (AP & UPI only). 9-3 then…losers.

    PS a century is 100 years moron. So your comments are wrong. since the sec went to the new title format, bama and florida both have 3 national titles. about to be 4 loser.

  8. Like most Bama fan, this Roll Tide troll has likely never even set foot in Tuscaloosa. He is some Alabama hick town grease monkey who lives vicariously through Alabama football because his own life is so pathetic. Run along and change the oil in my Porsche, Goober.