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January 12, 2019 at 1:08 am #41350
Coach Mullen and staff squeezed a lot of performance out of the Gator program this season. My expectation for next season is ten-wins and to be competitive with the top conferences teams.
Franks developed nicely over the season. If he can stay healthy, we’ll have a good year and show even more offensive prowess. The offense is taking hold and climbing out of the statistical cellar. Still, there’s a lot of talent being replaced up front. There’s going to be a steep learning curve in the pre-season.
The defense took some lumps early and then settled into the scheme. I see a similar pattern playing out again with so many key players being replaced. Depth and experienced backups concerns me with the linebackers and secondary.
We still may be a season away from having all the elements and players for a championship run. Coach Mullen is a hard-working opportunist that will leverage what talent we have every year to be competitive. From there, a little luck and some favorable bounces can go a long way.
January 10, 2019 at 4:13 pm #41331
October should be Gator scooter month.
December 30, 2018 at 3:40 pm #41208
I sure hope so Gator67.
That was as bad of a shooting funk we’ve seen in awhile. When you lose three starters, including the point guard – everything changes. It was smart of Coach White to keep working through defense to spark the offense.
Nembhard is the future. The team is remaking itself with his style and nuances of play.
The offense blazed but it was our best defensive game. I think defense will continue to lead the way. With minimal turnovers and some points we can win ugly against most teams. We have the potential to be much better with consistent shooting.
December 20, 2018 at 3:43 pm #41021
Even for all but the most pessimistic “fan” this is a good class for Coach Mullen. We filled key positions of need with quality recruits that fit the system and scheme they will play in.
It’s what’s done with the talent that really counts. This staff took the existing players and developed their skills significantly in the course of a season. The results on offense have been remarkable.
I’m not surprised by the results. I expected that we would also hold our own in recruiting and continue to build momentum. We got more than an experienced SEC head coach. We gained nearly an entire football staff from MSU with the regime change at UF.
December 19, 2018 at 9:57 pm #41009
This year’s class shows we’re in good hands with Coach Mullen.
December 19, 2018 at 2:46 am #40972
You did not mention Gator great Neal Walk, who should be at the top of any list.
Our situation should improve as the season progresses. Stokes has the potential to fill some of the vacuum at center. If Gak ever heals from international play he could settle into a role.
I give Hayes a lot of credit for playing out of position. He’s a better power forward for his time at center. He doesn’t dominate at center but is an effective shock blocker.
December 13, 2018 at 2:59 pm #40887
No. Sports aside, the disparity has always been there between colleges. The intention HAS NEVER been to make all institutions equal. That’s not possible for many reasons.
Besides, it would be nearly impossible to set a regulatory standard on facilities.
You are looking at a handful of elite colleges and universities and identifying a problem that doesn’t exist for a majority of institutions.
December 2, 2018 at 1:14 pm #40720
That’s just it, do these retirees have the energy and passion to be successful by working 14+ hour days, seven days a week to rebuild second tier programs? It’s a young man’s game.
Both coaches are taking positions geographically where they are starting from scratch with high schools, coaches and recruits. That alone is a 3-4 year curve.
Both of these colleges have football programs that are second to their hoops programs. These are challenging situations that take incredible effort and time by a new coach to address.
Both of these coaches are too old for anything but putting a coat of new paint on these programs. Let’s see how long they last as a second priority in funding and focus within the athletic departments of these universities.
No matter what their reputations and accomplishments, this is a steep uphill climb to turn these two wanna-be football programs around.
November 26, 2018 at 11:10 pm #40603
Stability is what every program needs. That was certainly the under story of the game.
The significance of Fischer leaving FSU is a loss of coaching continuity back through Bowden. That’s devastating. Taggert has much to do in creating and rebuilding relationships.
For UF, the Mullen hire was a throwback to Meyer’s golden years. Some of the coaches from that staff are still with Mullen, more so than with Meyer. They came with Mullen from MSU. That’s a high degree of coordinated coaching and organizational capability at UF from day one of the Mullen era.
November 25, 2018 at 10:51 pm #40580
These games mean everything because other than the clown school, it’s all they got.
November 25, 2018 at 5:16 pm #40571
Franks and the offensive line easily played their best game. Other than some red zones issues early, the offense played well.
November 19, 2018 at 12:10 am #40367
Continuity of coaching, or lack thereof, is the #1 factor that has hurt the Gators over the past decade.
How different would things have turned out if Mullen would have taken over when Meyer left? He may not have been a “big” enough hire at the time for many boosters. If hindsight is 20/20 this program would of had a better chance of staying at the elite level.
November 13, 2018 at 12:24 pm #40224
Some SEC West programs have always fared a little better such as Alabama and LSU to some degree.
It always comes down to continuity of coaching for the individual SEC programs. The West was stable for the past few years. They recruited well over time for their systems. Success followed.
Now that the West is turning over, LSU, Ole Miss, Texas A&M and MSU have new coaches. The East has been more stable and the victories are mounting.
November 4, 2018 at 9:22 pm #40003
It’s not just the defense. Third down has been weak on offense.
December 2, 2018 at 10:41 pm #40733
Not sure I follow the logic of calling the lack of coaching continuity a symptom.
Foley did not recognize the importance of that factor in hiring Muschamp, who had no previous head coaching experience, much less offensive sensibilities. The result was a complete overhaul of the Gator program and a promised 3-5 year rebuild that drifted to nowhere and MacElwain.
Had Muschamp hired a spread offensive coordinator, history may have been much different. That’s where coaching continuity (goes beyond a change of head coach) will best utilize players and skills already in and coming to the program.
That was a significant factor inhibiting Florida with a progression of schemes and offenses since the Meyer era.