Wednesday, September 11, 2013

How About Some of this for the Gators?

I found this video at Vimeo and it shows some great plays that used to be in the gator playbook. We need Will Muschamp to take a lesson from the Spurrier playbook and give us some offensive plays that work!

Corner Route - 1995-1996 Florida Offense - Steve Spurrier from Barry Hoover on Vimeo.

Or the Gators could try these fade routes:

Fade Route - 1995-1996 Florida Offense - Steve Spurrier from Barry Hoover on Vimeo.

And lastly, being from Dunnellon, I have to give a big shout out to Ernie Mills and  show you a few of his plays that helped make the Gator Nation better and stronger.

Mills - 1995-1996 Florida Offense - Steve Spurrier from Barry Hoover on Vimeo.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Shame on You Will Muschamp!

As a true blue gator fan who bleeds orange and blue, I feel totally betrayed by the ignorant quotes by Muschamp following the Miami loss. According to our head coach, the five turnovers by our offense had nothing to do with the loss. The only people Muschamp wants to blame is our illustrious defense who played an outstanding game and should be praised for their quality plays and hard work.

Here are just a few quotes from Muschamp "
“We gave them way too much momentum and belief early in the game defensively,” Muschamp said. “We gave them what they needed. That's on our defense. We didn't play worth a dang to start the game.”

UM scored two touchdowns in the first quarter and never lost the lead. Muschamp was particularly frustrated with the 52-yard TD pass.

“The big play should not have been there,” he said. “We should have made that play. Something we repped over and over again. Certainly prepared for it. So that was disappointing.
“I thought we should have played much better. Alignment, communication, assignment — you name it. We didn't do it very well. Just got very discombobulated, in my opinion, defensively.”

Since he never tries for the big play, I guess he thinks it should never happen to us either. The fact of the matter is if you throw a long ball, there's a very good possibility it will either be caught or a pass interference call will still provide the team with a first down. The rules of football are tailored to the offense, and there is  literally no defense for a perfectly thrown ball. 

Shame on you Will Muschamp!! Gator fans across the nation will not tolerate you slamming our awesome defense. If you really need someone to blame for the loss, start by looking in the mirror! Why not just play the defense every play of the game, after all the way they look we have a better chance of scoring with them on the field then we do with our offense. If we can't score 24 points or more in a game then we have no business being on the filed and no hope of ever being a contender for even the SEC east let alone the Sec Champion or National Champs.

Rough Times for Gator Nation

It was a rough game for the Florida Gators when we lost to unranked University of Miami. There isn't a lot of positive marks we can take from the game and as gator fans we can only hope our coaching staff will learn from the mistakes and come back even stronger against Tennessee next week.

When we look at the stats we see we had the ball longer, got almost twice as many total yards and attempted to have our first balanced game with passing and rushing being close to even. Of course all of us watching the game also saw the five costly turnovers, along with our inability to score when we entered the red zone for most of the game. Our defense had yet another stellar game, holding Miami to only 212 total yards and giving the offense the ball on the 10 yard line for an easy touchdown after a beautifully blocked punt.

Everyone has bad games and every team will find itself behind in a game, but we rely so strongly on our defense, we have only a scant plan as to how to score and score quickly. My heart melted  when with only three minutes to go and needing two score, the Gators did not seem to be in a hurry offense and even wasted time huddling on the field. Had our coaches already given up?  If so this is definitely not acceptable for those of us who bleed orange and blue!

Here are some lessons I hope we will take from the game:

  •   One lesson we can learn is to try harder against easier opponents like Toledo. If we had passed more last week, then maybe we could have gotten some chinks out of our armor and won this game. 
  •  Lesson two is be more imaginative with our play calling. The Gators plain Jane play calling is quickly becoming infamous and it gives other teams defenses a big plus when they don’t have to worry about the threat of the long ball.
  •  Don’t just work at using up the clock, fast play can keep a defense on their heels and gives us the opportunity to come from behind late in the game.
  •  No matter how awesome our defense is, they can’t beat a team once we are behind. We need a team that is capable of scoring, scoring often and scoring quickly. Did you see the pace both Georgia and South Carolina scored in their match up? As conference rivals, we have to play both of them, and neither will be beat with our defense alone!
  •  Go deep. On second and one go ahead and try for the end zone. If we try it enough, it will open up other possibilities and just could end with a quick touchdown. Remember the Spurrier days when we always took the ball when we won the toss and often started the game with a quick touchdown?
  •  Don’t settle for a quarterback who can run the ball. We need passing to compete in the SEC. Not since before Tebow’s senior year have we had an outstanding arm on our quarterback and used it to its full capabilities. We have had different head coaches, different quarterbacks, and different quarterback coaches, but we find the great throwing arm to be an elusive ghost that every other major SEC team seems to have in their arsenal.

Lets take a look at the final stats:

1st Downs
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Yards
Yards per pass
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown