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Will Muschamp: ‘We’re inept offensively right now’

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Call it the understatement of the season: Florida coach Will Muschamp said on his Sunday TV show “We’re inept offensively right now, and we need to make some changes as we move forward.” (via the Gainesville Sun)

No kidding. The offensive carnage for Florida is brutal: 106th in total offense (336.9 yards/game), 103rd in scoring offense (21.1 points/game), 116th in red zone scoring percentage (70.4 percent), just to cherry-pick a few.

Muschamp said his main focus is improving along the offensive line, which has paved the way for a mediocre rushing attack (161.4 yards/game) and hasn’t protected its quarterbacks well (17 sacks).

Mizzou was in the backfield an awful lot on Saturday, pressuring quarterback Tyler Murphy and forcing a number of poor decisions. Freshman back Kelvin Taylor gouged the Tigers’ defense for 74 yards on 12 carries, though, possibly an encouraging sign going forward for the stagnant Gators offense.

At 4-3 (2-2 in the SEC), Florida gets a bye week before squaring off against Georgia Nov. 2 in Jacksonville. The Gators still have a road date against South Carolina (Nov. 16) and home games against Vanderbilt (Nov. 9) and Florida State (Nov. 30).

Something has to change quickly for the Gators, because if it doesn’t, there’s an outside chance they could head into their season finale against Florida State needing a win for bowl eligibility. Of course, that’d take losses to everyone on their remaining schedule outside of FCS side Georgia Southern.

But with that “inept” offense and a defense that gave up 500 yards to an offense starting a greenhorn quarterback, it’s impossible to rule anything out right now.

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17 Responses to “Will Muschamp: ‘We’re inept offensively right now’”
  1. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Oct 21, 2013 5:38 PM

    I don’t get how a school like Florida can recruit like they can and do, but somehow be SO bad on offense. It’s not like this is new to this year, they’ve been average for a couple years now.

  2. jimbo75025 says: Oct 21, 2013 6:08 PM

    Is it just me or does anyone else think Muschamp may be on the hot seat after this season?

    He has not been a bad coach, but 3 years of so-so results are not exactly justification for his huge salary.

  3. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 21, 2013 6:09 PM

    That’s putting it lightly. But then again, Muschamp is a defensive guy. No attention to the offense, and you can’t expect to just shut teams down defensively (and not even doing that). If you thought the Missouri game was bad, wait until that game at the end of November.

  4. ahugusf says: Oct 21, 2013 6:11 PM

    Zook Jr . . . Great at recruiting, or at least has hot Hostesses!
    Can’t lead/coach worth spit. Maybe someone else can better answer . . . How would recruits perceive to want to play for someone who makes comments on his team like this, or do they just see the potential spotlight?

  5. psly2124 says: Oct 21, 2013 6:53 PM

    A term like worthless or pansies would be more appropriate then inept. Inept would be best to description the o.c. And whoever recruited the qb’s

  6. burm61 says: Oct 21, 2013 7:18 PM

    It’s not just the hostesses man…. that whole campus is stacked with beautiful girls. I hate Florida but it’s undeniable. Being in Greek life is an added bonus for those looking to visit their different Zetas

  7. 10kmp says: Oct 21, 2013 7:20 PM

    It’s funny, the further Fla gets from Urban Meyer the worse they get. Huh, interesting…

    Muschamp isn’t 1/1 billionth the coach that Meyer is, and watching him fall flat on his arrogant, fat face is priceless.

  8. sportsbastard says: Oct 21, 2013 7:25 PM

    It’s funny how every big name program Mizzou beats this season is suddenly ‘inept’ on one side of the ball or another. Start preparing your excuses South Carolina, you’re next.

  9. halbert53 says: Oct 21, 2013 9:48 PM

    Dan Mullen, now HC at Mississippi State, was the offensive guru at UF when UF had a great offense. He had only been gone a year when the UF job opened up and Muschamp was hired. Mullens MSU teams have struggled because it is almost impossible to recruit there, but he is an excellent coach. The UF offense hasn’t been the same since he left. There’s probably a lot of Gators who wish he was the coach instead of Muschamp.

  10. noaxetogrind says: Oct 21, 2013 10:24 PM

    I have no idea what Florida will do the rest of this season. They had a bunch of defensive players out at Mizzou and had their starting safety ejected on the first play for targeting (along with 2 other players in the SEC Saturday). What I do know is that Jeremy Foley and the Gator money people do not take to mediocrity well in any sport. They pay coaches exceptionally well in Gainesville but you better produce. I think best case for Muschamp at this point is a new OC and OL coach next season. Lose to Vandy, South Carolina and FSU and Florida will be lookikng for a new head coach.

  11. normtide says: Oct 21, 2013 10:37 PM

    Florida should actually try something besides get the balk to Burton. Open it up, what you got to lose?

    Btw, Florida was awful in urban’s last year. Most around the program still blame him for how he left it.

  12. florida727 says: Oct 21, 2013 10:52 PM

    Remember, Jeff Driskel was recruited to be the “next Tim Tebow” (but with an allegedly better arm). So guess what? All the talent around the QB position was recruited to suit that system. No “Tebow” (or Driskel) and now you’ve got a guy like Tyler Murphy trying to run a system he’s not suited for and/or a make-shift system made for him with players around him that are not suited for it. It’s just a bad mix.

    I don’t blame Meyer. Yeah, they were mediocre his last year, but you have to factor in all the distractions at that time. Is he leaving? Is he retiring? Is he healthy? Too much uncertainty to overcome. That was a big part of his last season’s record being what it was.

    Will’s teams are undisciplined. The Gators are something like 112th in penalties per game. Too many delay-of-game or illegal-motion penalties. That’s a direct reflection on the coaching.

    My opinion only, so it’s probably wrong, but I think it’ll go down in UF football history that one of our biggest regrets will be letting Charlie Strong go to Louisville. They should have handed him the reigns and paid him whatever he wanted. Huge mistake letting him walk.

  13. skwackquackwoof says: Oct 22, 2013 3:09 AM

    I’m far from a Florida fan, but from my perspective they still have a lot of talent everywhere. It seems like they need to remember that football is fun. Sounds like a dumb statement, but there is a tremendous amount of pressure to perform at a high level at a lot of these schools. They lost a couple of games and I think it’s relatively safe to say that they are not gonna win the National Championship this year. The question is how do they respond. If they lay down it’s over for Muschamp, if they show hunger and determination (and fun) he will probably be invited back next year.

  14. jrs45 says: Oct 22, 2013 8:19 AM

    Urban’s fault!

  15. tideman1 says: Oct 22, 2013 3:41 PM

    Ya think?

    Inept may be too kind considering how they played on Saturday

  16. gatorcheme says: Oct 22, 2013 8:47 PM

    The Gators haven’t had a truly effective offense since Dan Mullen. And I’d like to second the earlier statement that we should have kept Charlie Strong and made him the HC.

    I have hopes for Brent Pease and I’m inclined to believe that a lot of the Gators’ offensive woes are primarily due to churn at the OC position. Steve Addazio and Charlie Weis were both huge busts for very different reasons. However, I fear that Brent Pease may be in over his head–as is Muschamp.

  17. bigbuggator24 says: Oct 22, 2013 10:22 PM

    Gator fans,realized summin we need to get our guys in the weightroom dang we look scrony and if we do we’ll start winning there as well out on the gridiron is all I’m sayin!

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