Florida Gators: Hiring Of Duke OC Kurt Roper Is Act Of Total Desperation
Desperate times call for desperate measures and after a 4-8 season, you can bet that Florida Gators head coach Will Muschmap can feel the temperature of his seat rising each and every day. With that in mind, the Gators decided to shake their offense up this year by hiring current Duke Blue Devils offensive coordinator Kurt Roper to the same position.
Who would have thought before the year that anyone affiliated with the Duke football program would be accepting an SEC job upon season’s end? Well, that just goes to show that Muschamp and the Florida program as a whole will not be leaving any stone unturned. And while Roper’s name might not jump off the page, he surely can’t drag the Gators’ offense down any further.
In 2013, the Florida offense ranked dead last in the SEC in total offense and scoring as the abysmal Gators offense finished the year ranked No. 110 nationally with a lousy 4.79 yards per play average. Roper has some experience in the SEC, but it’s been quite some time. The last time Roper was in the SEC he was responsible for Eli Manning as the Ole Miss Rebels quarterbacks coach from 1998-2004. Manning is one of NFL three quarterbacks with ties to Roper as Thad Lewis and Sean Renfree being the other two.
At the end of the day; Roper may or may not be ready to be an SEC offensive coordinator given his spotty resume. However, this move reeks of desperation as the hiring of Roper is a total high-risk, high-reward situation for the offensively-challenged Gators and is one that could seal Muschamp’s fate as the Florida head coach.