Florida Gators: Ship Continues to Sink

By Tim Letcher

The Florida Gators are suffering through a miserable 2013 season, accentuated by Saturday’s 34-17 loss to the Vanderbilt Commodores at the Swamp in Gainesville. Unless Florida can pull off a miracle, the Gators’ 22-year bowl streak, which is the longest in the Southeastern Conference, will come to an end. Florida must find a way to beat either the South Carolina Gamecocks or the Florida State Seminoles, as well as FCS Georgia Southern, if they are to make it to a bowl. That doesn’t seem likely.

Expect to see changes on the staff of Will Muschamp in the offseason. There is plenty of pressure to win at Florida, and a losing season will not sit well with the administration or the fans.

Florida must improve its talent, especially on offense. The Gators have had numerous injuries this season, but the offense has been awful all season. Brent Pease has been a successful coordinator at past stops, but he has struggled to get things going in Gainesville. The loss of quarterback Jeff Driskel and running back Matt Jones, as well as several offensive linemen, has not helped matters this season.

The Gators are also counting on Joker Phillips, former head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats, to bring in better talent as the recruiting coordinator. Florida obviously needs upgrades at nearly every position on offense.

Other changes could also be in the works for the Gators, but shoring up the offense and bringing in better talent are at the top of the list right now. Muschamp will find himself on the hot seat next season, and if improvements aren’t made, his stay as head coach at Florida could be a short one.

Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for RantSports.com and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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