After reading a couple of threads, I think we'll start out with a joke to lighten the mood a little. Here goes...What did Bennie Snell say to the Florida defense when he ran into them at the bar in Club Park Avenue? "Excuse me guys, but may I push your stool in?"
Bad joke, but you get the point. Snell ran for 175. He's a good back, but I couldn't believe just how many missed tackles we had. I was hoping we had that leftover habit repaired, but apparently not. I was not quite as surprised that the OL stunk, unfortunately. You won't win many when the opponent dominates both lines of scrimmage. Big story of the game as far as I'm concerned, but let's talk about some of the moving parts:
*Franks was not consistent tonight and it would be easy to say he either regressed from the first game or he just fooled us against an over matched opponent. Maybe a little of both. Though he wasn't real sharp, he was better when the game was close and made some good decisions and good reads and throws in the first half. I didn't think he handled the pressure when behind with the clock ticking. To be fair, the OL didn't make his job any easier. The missed opportunity on the two point conversion attempt was a text book case of Franks making his mind up to throw back across the formation, which we scored against CSU with, and completely missing a wide open Davis...on the side he rolled to! He may be better, but there's still work to be done, especially with composure.
*Poster boy for our OL woes is Martez Ivey. Tackle body; Guard feet. Poor Fred Johnson is a close second. But really they all seem to play with cement shoes and look confused on their assignments frequently. The SEC Network commentator made a good point on the step-gap responsibility that remains backside that wasn't fulfilled. Got to at least be able to get a punch and slow the guy up a step. Ground Hog Day.
*The entire D was not good. It starts with the DL, who simply got manhandled the majority of the game (when they weren't being held; a lot of no calls IMO). Our LBs aren't good, but they're really not good when the DL can't protect them. Henderson looked like our best cover guy in the secondary and I can't say much bad about Chauncey, but we gave up two TD's that certainly should have been better covered IMO. First one was a young guy that got caught peeking at the QB when he should have been in the receiver's jersey with him. The second I thought the safety had plenty of time to read the route and adjust, but it never happened. Losing Wilson will definitely hurt. Even though they did have a couple of good stops, the entire D better grow up in a hurry.
*I've alluded to what I believe were several missed holding calls by the officials, so you can read that as I'm not impressed with their performance. I won't say "we was robbed," but they didn't help matters. The homer in me also says as close as the field goal attempt was, it was hard for me to see justification in the no good call. I guess I understand the rule change that the ball must be inside the upright when it crosses, but I'm not agreeing with it tonight. Could have made a difference, particularly if Franks would have seen Davis! Moot point I guess.
*High point in the game was the 99 yard drive. It wasn't smooth, but the ending was beautiful.
*Freddy Swain was announced as the player of the game. Toney looked good. Franks, again, wasn't consistent with all his throws, but we had some drops. Cleveland had some stone hands tonight.
*I'm sure Mullen (and the staff) will be raked over the coals and surely they deserve some criticism. Personally, I felt like we didn't rush the ball to set up the pass nearly enough at the outset, but maybe what they knew about the OL influenced that decision? Poor tackling has to fall in the coach's lap. Illegal substitution penalty after the time out was inexcusable. I'm sure there are more. But if you didn't think that there was going to be some of what was on display tonight from this roster, you were kidding yourself. The fact that we saw it this early was a kindling point. The fact that UK was better than they have been, got pretty good play from their QB, Snell, and didn't shoot themselves in the foot like last year had a bearing on the outcome.
Back to the drawing board and another week of *****in' in store. Got to find away to get more wins on the LOS. For as much as the average fans these days want to focus on the skill positions and the need for entertainment, the game is still usually won or lost at the line. I believe tonight helped remind us of that. Still a lot of football to be played, but it's got to get better in all phases as we move forward. Go Gators!
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Newbie here. The only one positive thing from last night was my father wasn't with me to see it. My father passed away this past February and watching the game isn't the same without him. If he was still alive, I would have been looking for a new tv. The man was passionate about his beloved gators. The last thing my dad said to me was,"Son, I am glad they got rid of 3 star general. I just hope Dan isn't one too." I hope you guys don't mind me joining in the talk. I just wanna to be in group that reminds me of my father.
Ok, now that's over, I am so disappointed with the lost. Since, we have been playing like we are in the 70's can someone tell me where I can get a polyester leisure suit?
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I said before the game I expected a score of 21-20 or 17-20.
I did expect us to win though. It should have been worse than it was. Franks hit Kentucky DBs in the hands several times and was fortunate they dropped them.
Most of us were overreacting to game one. We’re probably overreacting to this one a bit too although this is a lot closer to what we are than what we saw last week.
Some sober takes:
This IS a better coached team than last year. Less confusion on O for sure. Last year’s delay and procedure penalties were constant. We’re getting the plays in on time. We can’t complain that they aren’t trying to stretch the D by taking deep shots.
The special teams coaching is waaaay better than last year.
Franks IS better. He’s feeling the rush, moving better in the pocket, he’s more of a leader. He’s still not a touch passer, and he’s inaccurate. There are things coaching can fix in a QB. Unfortunately, accuracy seems to be something a QB has or doesn’t have. Franks don’t got it.
Scarlett has shown me nothing this season. Maybe it’s rust but he’s not running as well as Perine or Davis.
Raymond can’t catch.
The OL...sigh. It’s not like we’re rolling out a bunch of true freshmen and a D2 transfer. We have size, experience, even some depth. And they suck. We KNOW Hevesy can coach. He can’t put in what God left out but I’d like to see progress to the level of their ability.
I don’t have much nice to say about the D or Grantham. I really hope Wilson’s injury isn’t an ACL but that’s what it looked like. We’ve got a couple of big run-stoppers at DT and they didn’t clog the middle at all. Others have mentioned the tackling problems. We’ve had this for years and this CAN be improved by coaching. Unfortunately, we have a short defensive bench without a lot of talent on it and that makes coaching a lot harder.
Big picture? We are who we thought we were. Everybody is disappointed because you let last week get your hopes up. We knew D wasn’t going to be good. We were hoping for improvements in special team coaching and in offensive coaching. We’ve got better receivers and a deeper RB corps. We lack overall talent. We have bad LBs and a bad OL. We don’t have a QB. We are who we thought we were.
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While I’m at it...call me crazy but I don’t think Franks was the issue either. I thought he looked pretty good in the first half, we just had A) no run game and B) multiple dropped passes.
Second half it looked like he was pressing and trying to force balls. As he is still relatively young, this should not be unexpected. Bottom line is he needs more help (heck, he was our leading rusher )
@Swamp Donkey *****ed all year about shytty LB’s and Safeties. And...he was right. Deal with it.
I thought Scarlett would be better but Perine clearly has better vision. Time for a change.
Ivey has no business at LT and Johnson has no business starting.
Our LB’s can’t tackle for shyt, our Safeties let people behind them. How many passes did Cleveland drop.
Franks is improved and really the least of our concerns. Which is really weird to say.
8 months of lifting weights doesn’t make up for 3 years of yoga.
Only pissed at Mullen for not running the ball more, not playing Perine more, and starting Ivey at LT. Grantham can EABOD.
I’m all for getting Davis and Pierce more carries, but I can’t pin the abysmal rushing numbers on any RB. Our OL opened little to no holes until UK went soft on the 99 yard drive.
It won’t matter who is back there if our OL gets zero push.
Oh, and Fred Johnson just ain’t it. Gotta find a replacement ASAP
Edit: I will 100% pin Scarlett’s two drops on him. We can’t be sending Scarlett and Raymond out on routes especially when we have better options in Davis/Perine and any other TE
JUCO level talent at OL, QB, interior DL, LB, and safety will get you the 2-3 win season we are about to experience this year and maybe next.
Half the offensive playbook is dormant because we don't have a QB or offensive line.
Mac's lack of ability to recruit and develop, especially on defense, is now beating us around the head and shoulders.
UK pushed us 5 yds downfield every play. We got pushed two yards back every play on offense.
Toney, Pierce, and Perine need a ton more touches. Time for Dan to get ruthless with players and coaches.
1. We got our asses handed to us on both lines of scrimmage - like duh. Plenty of blame to go around for everyone, but Johnson and Ivey are seniors playing like low-end 3 star freshmen. They should be benched in favor of any younger player with a pulse. Go ahead and bite the bullet now and start the process of bringing someone else along, during what is obviously the first of at least two rebuilding seasons. All this talk about how "great" our defensive front seven is was just plain silly. The LBs are journeymen at best and the interior line is "about" average. The secondary is thin, young and talks more than it tackles. Grantham better get it together fast or he'll rapidly become DM's Nuss, and DM won't be dancing around on the sidelines for long if the ineptitude we saw last night continues.
2. Franks doesn't look as bad as he did last year, but he's so far behind the curve that even with some evidence of improvement, he is still a long-term project and a near-term liability. Obviously, my enthusiastic response to his performance last week was premature - to say the least. Apparently, the staff thinks he's the best option at this point and that speaks volumes about our situation at QB.
3. Like virtually everyone on the board, I was somewhere between distinctly disappointed and severely pissed when DM was hired. Law donkey is correct - he is what his resume says he is. My hope is that he can at least make some headway in the struggle to get this program back on its feet. Any illusions that he can do it quickly or easily can now be laid to rest. I don't know if there is a "best case scenario" beyond modest improvement and a glimmer of hope for the future. And even that small hope may well be in vain. But giving up after the first bloody nose damn sure ain't the answer. We have no choice but to play the cards we've got and get on with trying to put the program back together.
4. Kentucky is doing what we need to do. At this point, they are physically stronger, more talented at several positions, and clearly better coached than we have been at any point in the last several years. They didn't get there over night and neither will we. As I've said before, there is considerable doubt the DM will ever be more than a transitional coach - taking us from utter calamity to some semblance of respectability. But one thing is for sure, the coming couple of seasons will not be for the sunshine patriots or the faint at heart. Anyone who can't brace himself for the ride should probably check out now. Go Gators!
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The team sucked, the coaches sucked and many of the fans sucked, that's the take away from this crappy game!
I think its impossible to really overstate just how much of a hole that Butters and Foley put this program in. Our talent level is the lowest I can ever remember and our facilities and overall football atmosphere have made it damn near impossible to correct that crucial part of the equation. I don't know if we are ever going to get back to the Spurrier/Meyer level in my lifetime. For those who think its as simple as getting a better coach, I don't see a better coach who is available and even if he were I don't see this program replacing Mullen any time soon. He is going to be here for years and by that I don't mean 3 years I mean 5-6 minimum. So buckle up buttercup.
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