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Gators Rebuild Should Begin with New Head Coach

Nov 04, 2013 -- 10:04am

What I saw Saturday afternoon at Everbank Field was a down-to-the-wire, nail-biting, teeth-clenching football game won by an average team against a mediocre team. Georgia’s 23-20 victory over Florida was an accurate reflection of two old rivals trying to figure out how to return to elite status – and neither headed in the right direction.

It was a game of blown assignments, missed tackles, mental mistakes, a lack of discipline and stupid players.

The Bulldogs deserved to win. And that’s three in a row over the Gators for those counting.

The Gators need to do some serious soul searching and make some big decisions about the future of the program. I recommend starting the process by looking for a new head coach. Will Muschamp, by all accounts, is a great guy, a great defensive coach and an outstanding recruiter, but he seems to be in over his head as a head coach. Florida’s offense remains an embarrassment three years into his tenure and he’s the common denominator.

I understand Gators who are hesitant to make a change. Generally, I’m not one who thinks firing the head coach every time the program hits a bump is the correct approach. There is virtue and good sense in patience and consistency. And, yes, I know the Gators were 11-2 last season.

But the nagging signs of a head coach who is overwhelmed by his job are there.

The offense, no matter whose calling plays or quarterbacking, remains awful – as in ranked 104th or worse every season under Muschamp’s watch.

The Gators rack up penalties at an alarming rate and way too many are because of a lack of poise or discipline or intelligence or all three.

The Florida job is one of the best in all of football. It should be held by someone better equipped and/or prepared to handle it.

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