Florida is coming off of a 4-8 season, which is unheard of in Gainesville. That mark was the worst for the Gators in 35 years, and the Gator fans will not put up with another season like that one.
Injuries did play a factor last season, especially the injury to starting quarterback Jeff Driskel. Muschamp’s hope is that Driskel is healthy for 2014 and will fare better in the scheme of new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper.
Muschamp doesn’t think that his team will play poorly in 2014. In fact, listening to his comments at the SEC Media Days, one might think that Muschamp’s team will be in the hunt for an SEC championship.
In his opening statement, Muschamp said “I’ve got a lot of confidence in this team and staff. This is probably the most complete team we’ve had since I’ve been at the University of Florida in all three phases.”
While that may not sound like much on the surface, the quote actually sets Muschamp up for nothing but failure. If this truly is the most complete team he’s had at Florida, then the 2014 Gators should be in the running for the SEC East championship.
But what if Florida falters again this season? Does that mean that Muschamp is a great recruiter, but a terrible on-field coach? By saying he’s got the talent in Gainesville in 2014, if the record is not up to Florida’s lofty standards, then the blame falls squarely on Muschamp.
It’s clear that Muschamp’s season is a make or break one for his career. And making statements like this are not helping his cause to return to Gainesville in 2015.
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.