Florida Gators: Tyler Murphy’s Departure Signals Change in Offense

Rob Foldy, USA TODAY SPORTS

The Florida Gators are coming off of one of their worst seasons in recent memory. Florida went 4-8 in 2013 after being ranked in the Top 10 nationally in the preseason. Head coach Will Muschamp has vowed that changes are coming, and he followed through on that by firing offensive coordinator Brent Pease shortly after the season-ending loss to the Florida State Seminoles.

Muschamp will be looking for an offensive coordinator to spark the anemic Gator offense. Florida was dead last in the SEC in points per game and yards per game in 2013.

Injuries played a part in the lack of spark by the offense. Jeff Driskel, the starting quarterback at the beginning of the season, missed more than half of the year, and running back Matt Jones also missed significant time due to injury.

Over the weekend, news came that Tyler Murphy, who started at quarterback after Driskel went down, was transferring. That seems to suggest that Florida is looking to take the offense in more of a passing direction. Murphy’s ability to run was probably his greatest strength, and it appears that he was told that Driskel was the incumbent starter and/or that the offense was heading in a new direction.

Hiring the right offensive coordinator is key for Muschamp if he wants to keep his job. He has said that it would likely be after the bowl season before the hire was made, which seems to suggest that the future Florida OC has his current team in a bowl. Whoever he is, he will be given the large task of rejuvenating the Florida attack.

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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