Connor Shaw of South Carolina gave one of the gutsiest performances I've seen in a long time in college football. As of yesterday the doctors at USC were saying he could barely even lift his throwing arm. Sure it could have an impact on the season, but the young man gutted it out and helped his teammates secure a win against pesky Vanderbilt. Now, if I'm the Head Ball Coach, I'm going to try to get my starting QB to understand he's not Tim Tebow and quit running around the field and make some plays with your arm instead of your legs. Anyhow, you still have to admire what a gutsy performance that young man had last Thursday night.
Here are the 5 reasons why Will Muschamp must go...
- Florida players lack fundamentals as evidenced in last weeks EMBARRASSING win against Bowling Green. Florida players did not tackle well at all. Bowling Green ran the GT counter, one of football's most basic plays, like DC Dan Quinn had never seen it before. The QB's throwing abilities are there, but the fundamental of setting the feet and delivering are not there. All of this stuff is basic fundamentals that are not being taught.
- The fake punt is the 2nd in the past 2 seasons, and the failure of the STC to see the flaw in his scheme is undaunting. Last season Brad Wing of LSU did the exact same thing we saw this past Saturday in The Swamp. Florida uses a man protection scheme and do not leave a player back to spy the punter...that's bush league, and Muschamp's gotta go.
- The penalties! This area is where Muschamp's teams and Ron Zook's teams look so utterly familiar. How many times have we watched Gator teams make play after play only to have it negated by some stupid penalty. Jordan Reed jumps offsides twice while lined up at split receiver, and the Gators has 3 false start penalties on split receivers. This, Mr. Muschamp...is unacceptable.
- The yelling. Muschamp is not a motivator through building players up, he has to cut them down, and this clearly is not fitting in to well for the Gator players. It's one thing to be Nick Saban and yell at a player, but if your Will Muschamp, you need to get the kids fighting for you before you verbally bash them on national television. I'm all for chewing a little ass, but Muschamp takes it a bit too far, and for that Muschamp must go.
- I'm all for patience, but Muschamp has had an entire off season to get this team better and it appears that time has been wasted. What we saw on Saturday was not nerves or pre-season jitters, it was a football team that lacked the fundamentals needed to play the game of football, as well as lacking any clear motivation. I'm hoping they prove me wrong this Saturday against Texas A&M, however, I think the Aggies introduction to the SEC will be one folks will talk about, because I think the Aggies beat the Gators and beat them badly. For this, Will Muschamp must go...
Some coaches are great coordinators, but not good when it comes to head coaching. I think Jeremey Foley hired a great coordinator, and a terrible head coach. For this, Will Muschamp must go...
Paul Johnson has got to be one of the best adjustment coaches in the business. If you are playing his teams you must always feel uneasy, ESPECIALLY if things are going your way. Reason is, the tables are fixing to be turned against you. Last night was a clear example of this as on the first 2 series against Virginia Tech, the Rambling Wreck utilized their trips and base formations only. In the 3rd series however they were able to come out in 3 man surface formation by stepping the slot up on the LOS forcing Virginia Tech to give them a 3 technique to run midline at. When midline did not work, Johnson took to running toss, and the perimeter blocking by GT's slots and receivers was phenomenal. Sure, GT lost the game, but you have to admit, they came in against an opponent that was higher ranked than themselves, played in a hostile environment and took the Hokies down to the wire.
An added tidbit here, is it just me, or does the triple option look very mediocre when teams have longer than a week to practice for it? I was even thinking of doing some research, when the season is over, on this very topic. If anyone has any tips about this stat, let me know by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.