Like an angry Gator fan, that is how, I could go on and on about our oft-failed head coach should have been fired last year. I could go on and on about how Muschamp does not understand simple principles about offensive football, you know like the forward pass. I could write about how frustrating it is to watch a fine offensive coordinator hamstrung by the head coach who clearly thinks he is Nick Saban when he isn’t (Nick Saban does not hamstring his own offense). I could even rant about how our coach apparently does not understand the basic principle behind draining the play clock when on offense with a lead and the ball deep in the other teams end late in the game. But, instead, I will allow pat Dooley to sum it all up.
This wasn’t the straw, it was a whole bale of ineptitude. And yet, it was right there for the taking, a win that would have been huge for a coach trying to salvage a season.
Somehow, some way, this team and these coaches found a way to lose a game that didn’t look losable.
It wasn’t as if Florida was doing anything special to be in position to win. This was Muschamp Football 101. Run the ball and play defense and try to win 17-10.
But when you try to win by a touchdown, you’re always one touchdown away from overtime.
So of course, it happened.
Of course, Florida was called for holding on a game-clinching touchdown run.
Of course, the Gamecocks blocked a field goal that would have basically put the game away.
Of course, they blocked a punt with 39 seconds to go when you knew they weren’t going to drive 70 or 75 yards against this defense.
Of course, they did.
“It hurts,” said offensive lineman Chaz Green. “You can only say it so many times. It hurts, especially the way we lost it.”
With an offense that chose to ignore all of those gaudy numbers allowed by the South Carolina secondary and throw only 11 passes.
With an offense that has become so predictable, the writers in the press box were calling the plays before they happened.
With an offense that managed all of five second-half first downs.
With a coach who talks about making the opponent one-dimensional yet self-inflicts it upon his own team.
Go read it all, and Coach Muschamp don’t let the door hit you on the way out.