The lone bright spot is that we got some young players alot of experience and that will help us moving forward.
I keep reading and hearing from usually level headed people in Gator Nation blaming Coach Muschamp, Weis, Quinn etc for this disaster of a season.
The fact is Muschamp has NOT lost the majority of these players and they played hard for him and the staff against Florida State. That is a very strong indication that he has not lost this team and players. They're finally starting to buy into his vision for this program.
I'm not saying the staff doesn't deserve to be called out for some things but their hands were tied from the start and they talked about this privately. One insider on another board posted this past summer that the staff was privately saying this was a 6-6 team. They knew from the spring practices with the lack of depth and toughness at OL and DL it was really going to hurt us and they were right. Muschamp and the staff are dealing with a bunch of babies that do not want to grow up and quite frankly are quitters and they will either grow up or they will be gone.
Urban Meyer left this program in a complete mess on and off the field.
First, losing Greg Mattison and then a year later Charlie Strong really hurt Florida from a recruiting and leadership standpoint. They were/are great talent evaluaters and it showed in how bad talent evaluations were these past seasons. In Meyer's last 2 years he lost complete control of this program. Players were standing against coaches, forming cliques in the lockeroom and refusing to go to class or at times practice etc. When Meyer realized he was losing control of the program I think that is when his health started to decline (and he still has problems) and he panicked because he had no clue how to fix it short term and didn't have the energy to stick it out and fix it.
IMO Foley was ready for Meyer to leave. He and prominent boosters were tired of the garbage going on at Florida.
Foley wanted to hire a young, smart, energetic but strong willed coach. Will Muschamp was that guy.
Before Muschamp accepted the job at Florida, he had a conversation with Foley/Meyer. At some point in these conversations and this is now a fact per direct quotes from Meyer to the Gainesville Sun's Pat Dooley, Meyer admitted to Muschamp quote.....
"The Program is broken"
Still after knowing all of this Will Muschamp wanted to be the Head Coach at Florida and was/is determined to fix and clean the program up from the ground up.
Looking ahead now Muschamp officially fired 2 people on Monday from the staff.
Micky Marotti Florida's Director of Strength and Conditioning has informed the players that he will accept the job at Ohio State.
The fact is Marotti's strength program doesn't fit the style of football Muschamp wants in his program. Some players and fans are going to be upset he's leaving but Muschamp already has in mind who he wants to run the strength program and he wants someone similar to what LSU and Alabama have. Someone that really focuses on getting the players much bigger and stronger. Marotti really focused on lean muscle and speed.
Muschamp calling the team what it is right now "soft" is and was a direct shot at Micky. Muschamp was not happy with his job performance.
Muschamp wants bigger, mauler type OL and LB's with bigger size (240-250 range), speed and football instincts. He wants DE's that are of the mold they had when he was on staff at LSU.
At some point as the Gators start adding much needed depth and size on the DL, you will see Florida start running more NFL style 3-4.
There are more changes coming to Florida and IMO these changes are going to be for the best in the long run.
Coach Muschamp knows exactly what he wants in this program. We as fans need to be patient to give him that time to impliment those much needed changes.
Hang in there Gator Nation. It's rough right now but this program will be back and built on a stronger foundation.
Edited by FloridaGator, 30 November 2011 - 08:26 AM.