GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Dan Mullen was barely three minutes into his weekly Monday Zoom call with the media, and the Florida coach four times had been asked about his postgame comments following Saturday’s gut-punch loss at Texas A&M. Those would be the remarks encouraging UF fans to “pack the ‘Swamp’ “ for the team’s next game, the one upcoming this week against reigning national champion LSU.
Each time, Mullen offered variations of the same answer, obviously more in tune with the sensitive nature of a potential COVID-19 super-spreader event than in the emotional moments following the team’s first loss of the season.
“We moved on to LSU,” was basically the message.
Doing so, however, will require a thorough evaluation of the defensive debacle that played out in the 41-38 loss to the Aggies, who shredded the Gators for 543 yards of total offense, including 205 on the ground, and converted a staggering 12 of 15 third downs. Mullen, of course, had quite a bit to say about that both after the game, and again in previewing the next one, which is really all that matters now.
“It’s my responsibility. I’m the head coach. I’m responsible for how we play and the performance of every phase