Florida head coach Will Muschamp is expected to retain his job in Gainesville for one more season. Of course, that’s barring worst case scenarios like twin blowout losses to South Carolina and Florida State or an “anything’s possible” nosedive against Georgia Southern.
But even if Gator AD Jeremy Foley gives his prize hire one more year to fix the mess at the Swamp, it’s hard to imagine offensive coordinator Brent Pease returning. Most Florida fans would view his departure as part of what it would take to actually fix the current situation.
Pease knows what’s being said and he must understand the writing on the wall, too:
“It’s the same thing we tell the kids, you’ve got to be mentally tough. You’ve got to shut it our sometimes. And I understand what people are saying and (what they are) frustrated with.
Do they understand all of the circumstances? Not all of the time. But you’ve got to work through it. In my situation, I don’t think you can lose confidence in who you are and what you believe in and how you got to do your job.
Last year it was a situation where we knew how to manufacture and get wins. I wouldn’t say highly explosive, what you want to be, but it was productive. We were a lot healthier in spots, too. It’s tough but you’ve got to work though it…
I mean, it’s human nature to probably think about (job security), but, you know, I’ve still got an obligation to this team, and the head coach and the players I coach and the administration that I work for.”
To make matters worse for Pease, Muschamp and Gator Nation, Florida might be forced to go to third-string, redshirt freshman quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg for Saturday’s game at South Carolina. Tyler Murphy, who took over for the injured Jeff Driskel early in the season, is now questionable due to a sprained throwing shoulder of his own.
In fairness to Florida’s coaches, no team has suffered this many lost men since Yul Brynner sent his guys into the Red Sea after Charlton Heston.
Also, Pease isn’t the first coordinator to struggle in Gainesville in recent years. This year his Gators are 13th in the SEC in scoring offense and 14th in total offense. Last year, they were 12th in total offense and 10th in scoring offense under Pease.
Two years ago, Charlie Weis’ unit finished eighth in the 12-team SEC in scoring and 10th in offense.
And remember when Steve Addazio was the problem? In 2010 his Gators finished 10th in total offense and eight in scoring offense, identical to Weis’ numbers.
Basically, Florida’s offense has flamed out since the departure of Tim Tebow. As a senior in 2009 he led Addazio’s group to the second best scoring average in the SEC while racking up the most yards of any team in the league.
Come to think of it, perhaps the Gators should beg Tebow to return as O-coordinator. It appears he’s the only guy who can get Florida’s offense moving. And he’d also be handy to have around in case any Egyptians ever try to cross Newnans Lake.
“Let my offense go!”