Welcome to the new Gator Standard, courtesy of Dan Mullen and Co. Florida completely quit on the coaching staff in its most embarrassing loss, since, well, last season against LSU, or going back to the 2013 debacle against Georgia Southern, or going back to……umm……let me step into the WayBack Machine……the end of the Doug Dickey era in 1978, perhaps.
The defense embarrassed itself and Gator Nation against a Lamecock team that had struggled to barely defeat Vanderbilt, Troy, and Eastern Illinois. It allowed a 3rd string FCS QB to shred them, and also was gashed by the second-worst rushing attack in the SEC. Wide-open WRs, wide-open running lanes, missed tackles, and no fight.
The offense was dismal as well. Carolina came in with a terrible rush defense, yet they stoned a pathetic Gator O-line most of the night, and also got pressure on Emory Jones the entire game, along with a strip-sack for a score. The Gators actually had some early success throwing downfield, but even that stopped for some reason after halftime. Another fantastic game plan from Mullen.
It was a horrific game all around, and now it’s likely all over but the shouting.
There is a game this week, but it carries no significance. The Samford Bulldogs come to the Swamp for a nice paycheck and the chance at (another) shocking Gator defeat. It’s very unlikely, but I’m almost numb at this point due to the rapid descent into college football irrelevance, no matter what happens.
Honestly, there’s not much to be gained from what is essentially a controlled scrimmage. Some kids actually may be energized with the two fat a**** gone, and perhaps can start to show what they can really do. The crowd (what’s there) won’t be happy anyway, and I expect to hear them get their pound of flesh by booing Mullen.
I expect we will see more sloppiness on offense, while the defense outmans its opponent. LMAO – we’ll probably see Mullen have EJ throw it all over the yard, while RB Coach (and Special Teams wizard – NOT) Greg Knox gives Damien Pierce another few carries while still using his weird rotation of guys. Really, they should just pound away with the running game to get some timing back, and as prep for Missouri in cold weather, then F$U. If the O-line has any pride, they will take out some real frustrations on Samford. Just get out of there with a comfortable win, and no injuries.
Now all Mullen can do is open up the ‘Embattled Head Coach” playbook. Cast blame on the flu, the weather, the noise, and fire, years too late, an incompetent Defensive Coordinator and OL coach. Todd Grantham and John Hevesy stole money from Florida, and I hope they never get another job. Mullen, however, hired these clowns and stuck with them out of blind loyalty or stupidity – neither of which reflect good judgment from a head coach. This was simply an offering to keep his job for another few weeks and to cover his ass, and I hope it fails. Any Athletic Director with a spine would have seen through all of Mullen’s recruiting laziness, arrogance, Immaturity, and petulance, and shown him the door, but his buddy Scott Stricklin is on his own hot seat and has shown to be nothing but an empty suit. What a disaster.
It’s up to the University leadership, UAA leadership, and someone out there who wants to be the head coach at The University of Florida to get sh*t right. The 2022 recruiting class will likely fall outside the Top 25 with little help on the defensive side of the ball. Mullen (if he survives) will pray to the transfer portal gods once again, which is not the way to sustain and build a program.
It could potentially be an even uglier ride to the end of the 2021 season, so buckle up……it could be a bumpy ride.
** Note: This is my 3rd re-write……I hope it gets by the Editor……LOL.
Prediction: Florida 48 Samford 13