The Florida Gators are sitting in a highly undesirable position, as they have accrued their third loss on the season courtesy of a 36-17 road defeat suffered at the hands of the Missouri Tigers. For the folks in Gainesville, such campaigns are looked down upon as well below par; UF has been one of the true goliaths nationally in the game for over the past two decades, spanning through the highly fruitful eras of both Steve Spurrier and Urban Meyer. In that time frame, the Gators have emerged as a national title-caliber program; UF has claimed three national championships in that span, a number rivaled by only the Alabama Crimson Tide and Nebraska Cornhuskers since the onset of the nineties. Further unsettling for the Gator Nation is the aspect of the team which undoubtedly can be pinpointed as Florida’s Achilles heel – the offense. Under the guide of third-year head coach Will Muschamp, the offensive side of the ball has become a very evident deficiency for the Gators. And such a case is a stark contrast from the elite offenses enjoyed by UF in their glory years.
The Will Muschamp era at Florida has thus far been characterized by stingy defenses accompanied by anemic offensive attacks and subpar quarterback play. For UF fans, such a brand of football is especially painful to watch; they are used to dynamic and high-flying offensive attacks orchestrated by tremendous signal-callers like Danny Wuerrfel and Tim Tebow. Further complicating matters for Muschamp is the fact that patience has never been a virtue embraced by the orange and blue faithful; losing is not tolerated for a prolonged period of time, considering that UF is a juggernaut program with immense resources matched only by a select few nationally. And the horizon appears fairly bleak for Muschamp, as this season appears very likely to result in a couple more setbacks; still remaining on the schedule are games versus great quarterbacks in Georgia’s Aaron Murray and Florida State’s Jameis Winston.
The writing may already be on the wall, regarding Will Muschamp’s fate at Florida. Results on the field thus far have been few and far between. Also the manner in which UF has been losing is especially troubling, as he has greatly failed to appease a fanbase accustomed to powerful and entertaining offensive attacks.
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