Tuesday, November 26, 2013
3-point stance: UF offense lacks identity
By Ivan Maisel
1. Florida head coach Will Muschamp, assessing his team's offensive woes, said Monday that the first thing he would do is look at himself. And he's exactly right. The problem is that Muschamp is three years late. There's a difference between a) hiring an offensive coordinator and staying out of his way and b) establishing an offensive philosophy, then finding the right coordinator to execute it. Muschamp's offenses have looked like square pegs in round holes under both Charlie Weis (2011) and Brent Pease (2012-13). I don't think Muschamp can turn the offense around in one season, but he can do a better job of figuring out what he wants and get the Gators moving in the right direction.
2. In most seasons, the major awards announce their finalists, yet we know who is going to win. But I think this year there will some real suspense when the awards are handed out on ESPN next month. Take the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award. The finalists announced Monday are: the guy who makes big plays and a few big mistakes (Johnny Manziel); the guy who wins and has done so for three years (AJ McCarron) and the guy who makes big plays and wins yet has a shadow over him (Jameis Winston). How do you handicap that one?
3. I love that Jerry Glanville, at age 72, wants to get back on the sideline. As USA Today reported Monday, Glanville sent an unsolicited application to Eastern Michigan, which has signed a long-term lease on the MAC basement. Glanville would get the school some curiosity pub. Most of the rest of the MAC has skewed toward being the proving ground for up-and-coming assistants (Rod Carey, Matt Campbell) or proven lower-division head coaches (Brian Kelly, Jerry Kill). EMU has to decide what it wants.