Posted December 03, 2013

Florida coach Will Muschamp reportedly switching to up-tempo offense in 2014

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Florida’s Will Muschamp will reportedly employ an up-tempo offense in the 2014 season. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

With coordinator Brent Pease out at Florida, expect the next guy handling Will Muschamp’s offense to shake things up a bit. With the personnel Florida had this year — coupled with injuries all over the field — the Gators struggled mightily to score. They averaged 18.8 points per game, tied for 111th nationally.

It’s still yet to be seen what direction Florida will go in offensively, but coaches will often say and try anything in order to retain their jobs. Though Muschamp has received the repeated backing of athletic director Jeremy Foley, he still must work to keep recruits in the fold as he tries to recover from a disastrous 4-8 campaign in which Gators dropped their last seven contests, including a 26-20 loss to FCS Georgia Southern on Nov. 23.

However, Rivals.com’s Adam Friedman interviewed uncommitted five-star offensive tackle Damian Prince, who offered the following thoughts:

“I feel like Coach Muschamp he was doing what was best for the team by letting Coach Davis and Coach Pease go,” said the 6-foot-5, 292-pound Prince. “I talked to Coach Muschamp on Sunday and he was very honest with me. He said they probably won’t hire any new guy until January but he said the guy that he will hire will run the same type of offense which is what I want to play in.

Pease was maligned all season, and a philosophy shift and healthier roster could have Florida back in the SEC East title hunt in 2014. If the offense continues to flail, though, no amount of deck chair shuffling will likely be enough to save Muschamp.

9 comments
KeysSteven
KeysSteven

Translation: 'Muschamp Seeks Run-QB to Carry the Load.' 

BigBubba
BigBubba

Does not matter what "type of offense" Florida ( or anyone else) runs.  Execution is the important principle.  Team that holds its blocks, doesn't throw INTs, doesn't put the ball on the ground, catches the ball--etc etc--that is the team that will win.  Without good line play, you simply cannot win.  Just like Michigan this year.


I think Muschamp is desperate and saying anything to hold on to recruits, and no system changes overnight.  But he did the right thing to get rid of OL and OC coaches.

SlimJimMagee
SlimJimMagee

 I love my Gators and stand behind the players 100%, but I worry about all of the players who will now decide to go elsewhere to play football.  Our coaching is another matter all together, because honestly it stinks up the Swamp.  Will Muschamp has tried and tried but has still failed to find a workable offensive strategy.  It is time to give up offense by experimentation.  It is time to make a change at the top. 

Will Muschamp Has To Go
https://www.facebook.com/GoAwayWill

If AD Jeremy Foley won't fire Muschamp, then he needs to go too. The madness needs to end, and we need to get back to real Gator football instead of the impotent program we have under Muschamp.  We need to rebuild our program before we sink even lower.  Go Gators!!! but without Muschamp.  He simply needs to go away.

AdamBritt
AdamBritt

With Will Grier coming in along with Ermon Lane and a couple more 3 to 5 star wideouts and now a tight end that can catch the ball the offense can turn around fast with a good hire as the new OC. Muschamp won't go full on spread that won't happen he will go more toward the fun and gun style offense spurrier ran at Florida and with a QB like Grier and a couple good wideouts it could be a very effective offense. The running backs are already there and Kelvin Taylor will be one of the best in football. Champ knows this is it he will not get another chance and has finally realized the offense will not produce the way he wanted it to so with a good OC and Oline coach next year could be a completely different Florida offense. Y'all keep hating that's fine we are the gator nation we are used to it so keep telling yourself and hoping that Florida will stay down long because its just not gonna happen

Roy1
Roy1

So they will go three-and-out in 30 seconds instead of 90?

Jon35
Jon35

April fools.

YinkaDoubleDare
YinkaDoubleDare

So they're going to block guys on the other team now?

biasedsportsfan
biasedsportsfan

@YinkaDoubleDare In what Gator fans are declaring is a 'radical shift' in thinking, the Florida offense will now no longer try to (as quickly and efficiently as possible) hand the ball back over to its occasionally-vaunted defense.