After the disastrous 2013 season for the Florida Gators, head coach Will Muschamp vowed that he would make the changes necessary to right the ship in Gainesville. He started, immediately after the season, by firing offensive coordinator Brent Pease. The Pease-led offense finished last in the Southeastern Conference in yards per game and scoring.
Muschamp now must make the right call when hiring his new offensive coordinator. His job, quite literally, depends on it. If Florida has another year like this year’s 4-8 season, Muschamp will be fired.
The Florida head coach is defensive-minded, and, ideally, he would love an offense that would run the ball and grind it out on offense. Then, his defense could shut down the opponent and Florida would win games. That strategy certainly did not work in 2013.
Muschamp seems to be going in a different direction in his search. He reportedly talked to Jacksonville University head coach Kerwin Bell, a former Gator quarterback, about the job last week. Bell was the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year in 1984, and he would bring the passing game back to the Swamp.
And on Monday, Muschamp was scheduled to meet with Kurt Roper, offensive coordinator for the Duke Blue Devils. Roper was a finalist for the Broyles Award this season, which is given to the nation’s top assistant coach.
Roper could bring the passing game of David Cutcliffe to Florida, which would excite Gator fans and, perhaps, ignite the offense. And that would make the Florida faithful much happier than they were this season.
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.