The Florida Gators completed a tough season on Saturday by losing to the Florida State Seminoles at the Swamp. Shortly thereafter, head coach Will Muschamp announced that two coaches had been fired. One of those was offensive coordinator Brent Pease, who served as the offensive coordinator in Gainesville, and presided over the worst Florida offense in recent memory.
Just how bad was the Florida offense this season? The Gators were last in the Southeastern Conference and 112th (out of 123) in the nation in total offense, averaging just 316.7 yards per game. Florida was last in the SEC and 111th in the country in scoring offense, posting only 18.8 points per game. Florida scored 30 or more points just twice during the season, with a season-high of 31 against the Tennessee Volunteers.
Florida fans still yearn for the glory days of Florida football, when the Gators were a scoring machine. When Steve Spurrier was the head coach, the “Fun and Gun” offense produced huge numbers that led the Gators to the top of the college football world. Under Urban Meyer, Florida used the spread offense to once again become the kings of college football.
Muschamp, a former defensive coordinator, prefers to win with a power running game and great defense. That’s what the Gators did in 2012, when they went 11-2 and made an appearance in a BCS bowl.
Now, Muschamp finds himself on a very hot seat in Gainesville. A 4-8 record will not cut it with the Florida faithful, so it’s time for Muschamp to leave his comfort zone. He must find an offensive coordinator that will bring an exciting offense to the Gators. While it’s not exactly what Muschamp prefers, he might be swayed by the fact that a potent offense can also take pressure off of a defense. And if a team can put together a great defense and a high-powered offense, it can find its way to the top of the college football world. If Muschamp needs proof of that, he should look to his Sunshine State rival, Florida State, who are on the verge of playing for a national championship using exactly that formula.
If Muschamp is unwilling to change, his stay in Gainesville will be a short one. His offensive coordinator hire could be the difference in staying or going.
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.