Greg McElroy 'concerned' about Florida due to fanbase's lack of patience
Greg McElroy sees Florida improving in Year 2 under Billy Napier, but he’s concerned about the Gators due to what he sees as a lack of patience in the Gator fanbase.
“The team that I’m most concerned about, right now, in the SEC, are the Florida Gators,” McElroy said in a Monday video post. “I think they’re going to be better this upcoming year than they were this past year. The problem is, a lot of their fanbase thinks it’s the Spurrier era, and if they’re not going out winning 10 games and winning every game by 40, then Billy Napier is doing a piss-poor job.”
In the post-Spurrier era, the Florida fanbase has come to expect a drastic improvement in the first 2 seasons. After Ron Zook’s third-year mid-season firing, Urban Meyer, Will Muschamp, Jim McElwain and Dan Mullen all led notable turnarounds in their first 2 seasons coaching Gators.
McElroy expects Napier’s post-Mullen rebuild to “take a little bit of time.” The college football broadcaster thinks highly of Napier as a process-oriented coach with good relationships for high school recruiting. McElroy warned Gator fans to not expect double-digit wins in Year 2 like they saw under Meyer, Muschamp and Mullen.
“I think you’re looking at another 7- or 8-win season, tops,” McElroy said, addressing Florida fans. “But I bet you you’re going to be better. I really do. I bet you you’re going to be better this upcoming year than you were last year with those wicked and wild inconsistencies that you experienced.”
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