Published December 15, 2010 - 6:40am
NEW: Discuss this topic in the Google+ community for SEC fans.
Will Muschamp was introduced to Gator Nation on tuesday night. By and large, most fans are excited about the hire. The only concern seems to be over who Muschamp will hire to run the offense. While of course this is important, I think these concerns are getting blown out of proportion.
First off, Muschamp knows the game of football and he isn’t going to put someone in charge of the offense that is an idiot. He doesn’t need the next Gus Malzahn, he needs someone competent, someone who will work well with the other coaches, and someone who can get the most out of the talent recruited. Somewhere along the way, fans decided that an incoming offensive coordinator is only a good hire if he invest some entirely new way to move the football down the field.
Gator fans need to relax and trust Muschamp’s judgement. He knows what he is doing. Yes, he’s known for his defense versus his offense, but so what. It’s his first head coaching gig.
What Florida needs from Muschamp is leadership, energy, successful recruiting, and someone who will run the team well. I think he will bring all of this to the table. He’ll bring in competent coaches to fill out his staff and that includes the offense.
What Florida lacked in 2010 wasn’t an offensive coordinator – despite the grumblings over Steve Addazio – it was energy and leadership. Urban Meyer at some point in the last couple seasons lost his fire, and with new coaches on staff, he lost the cohesion and unity of a strong football team. The team was uncoached, confused, and out of sync. An energetic, new, young, coach will solve these issues and Florida will move forward.