On the Mark: Muschamp return is a reminder of how bad things can get – GatorBait.net (subscription)
It is said that timing is everything in life.
On the heels of his worst loss as the Florida head coach – a 31-10 drubbing at the hands of an average Arkansas team – fortune is certainly smiling on Jim McElwain. Though Christmas is still more than a month away, he gets the gift of hosting Will Muschamp and the South Carolina Gamecocks this weekend.
Talk about perfect timing!
In Muschamp the Gator Nation gets to see a living, breathing reminder of just how bad it can get in Gainesville.
As bad as the Florida faithful have to feel about the blowout loss to Arkansas and the pathetic play of the offense, they have to feel equally as good that Muschamp is no longer at the helm of Florida football.
Recall this list of Muschamp era lowlights printed on Inside the Gators at the time of his firing – which by the way came a year too late.
Yes, a portion of the fan base is unhappy with Florida’s offensive production and see very little difference (other than wins and what could be a second straight East crown) with how the team is playing under McElwain as compared to Muschamp.
After his second consecutive win over Georgia – a team Muschamp was 1-3 against – in his postgame press conference McElwain became defensive about the way Florida was winning.
In short, the Gators rely on a top-rated defense to carry a so-so offense.
Coach Mac basically replied that he was doing what it takes to win with the players he has.
It may not be pretty, but there is a method to his madness.
Though he inherited a loaded defense, the same can’t be said for the offensive side of the ball.
There is a reason for that.