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The Noles are a dumpster fire. The players have quit. The fans are jumping off the ship in droves. I cannot say this with more emphasis:
We HAVE to win this football game.
FSU has had things go their way for many years now, and have taken full advantage with recruiting. This is our opportunity to turn the tables and humiliate them. This is the opportunity to take the damn state back and show recruits that choosing FSU is a ticket for embarrassment. Willie Taggart could be the best thing that ever happened to Florida football IF we take full advantage of it.
However, this game concerns me. It's almost certainly going to be viewed as their championship game. If FSU can win next week (which frankly is doubtful against Boston College), they will need to win to continue their coveted bowl streak. I have my doubts Taggart could actually motivate anyone, but I've seen the Noles get scores of lucky bounces over the last 3 decades and nothing would surprise me.
PLEASE Gators put those slimebags away. A season with a win over UT, LSU, and FSU would be a great opening year for Mullen.
- Thread: The Savage Treatment
Having watched this team develop for a little over half a season, I think it is clear that perhaps the most important part of this resurgence is the arrival of Nick Savage (who has one of the best names for a strength and conditioning coach ever)! The reasons I think this are as follows:
1) Team Identity - He has helped fuel the team's unification by making them understand the importance of a truly team first attitude. Things like the rope drill and having individual and/or team related versions of the constant competitions in all aspects of training has helped to both build individual grit while also helping gel the team across and within position groups.
2) Constitution - Part of the reason the team has been so successful turning things around this season is that they clearly still have juice in the 4th quarter. Part of that is some wise rotation patterns but part of it is also having so much more in the gas tank when it gets late in games especially in position groups that are somewhat short handed like LBs. It was especially gratifying to see the LB corps step up after the defensive player of the week from the week before (Joseph) and one of the top LB backups were both ejected before the 2nd half.
3) Recovery - It has been very interesting to watch how the players have responded to the inevitable dings that come with this game. The last 2 coaches seemed to have had a rash of injuries at times which would remove players from the lineup for considerable periods. Though admittedly some of that is attributable to the luck of the game, it has been really amazing how many times guys are knocked out of the game, go to the locker room for evaluation and treatment, and then show up again later on the field. Again, I recognize some of this is just good fortune (which we are kind of due after last year and Muschamp's 2nd to last year!) but I think the level of strength and fitness these guys have achieved is also a big contributor because they are able to both absorb and dish out a great deal more punishment than in years past. Mullen clearly adopted the Urban Meyer approach to this area and I can see why.
4) Spirit - This is the area that is most pleasantly unexpected for a strength coach especially one who has a reputation of being so savage . When the fracas occurred last week it was Savage and his team who was attributed with using that as a means of firing them up. It was also Savage that escorted off Joseph when he was ejected and he seemed to be also using that incident as a means to inspire other team members while he was doing it. Most everyone on the team has also been quoted numerous times praising Savage for being instrumental in bringing everyone together.
Overall, I think one of Mullen's most important contributions to this turn around has been bringing in Savage and empowering him to not only clean up the conditioning train wreck left behind by the last staff, but also to use Savage's position as the one coach with the most time and influence on every player as a basis for installing his new team culture in every facet of what they've done in that area. That is one big reason that I think getting a 9 year SEC veteran coach was an underrated factor in most of our evaluations of the various 'shiny thing' coaching candidates considered for taking over this team. I for one am happily willing to admit that I am glad he is proving us all wrong.
Well, that was fun. I meant to get this up earlier, but the internet in my hotel was too crappy to re-watch the game.
Our team keeps finding ways to win, and that's important. This game was an aberration in that we had a -3 turnover margin. Before much analysis, if we score a TD on that first drive, this game is a route, but it did't go that way so my prediction was off. Of course, second week in a row I've been off on the Gators' points by only a single point. This is more rambling than normal, my apologies, I'm tired. Kudos to BNA for making that drive every home game. Not bad, but got up early to beat Falcons traffic when going through Atlanta.
Did the Gator Walk, it was ok. Vandy's Star Walk, is an insane, fun thing. They band went into the crowd (and a trumpet player put his arm around me) to "I Love You Baby". I think though the Pride of the Sunshine could never provide the same type of atmosphere because of the size of our walk and the amount of fans. It was cool to see though. As a college football fan, seeing other school's traditions is cool for me. Easily 60-40 split, if not more for UF in the stands.
Most Vandy fans were great, but somehow I had the one overly obnoxious Vandy fan a few rows behind me (which really was empty for the first quarter and a half). Started with yelling how the "Get Up and Go" chant is the single dumbest cheer in the SEC, did the chomp, and other bs. And when I mean yelling, I mean yelling. Hell, I think he cheered Vandy less than he insulted Florida. When leaving, the guy turned around like he was going to say something, but thought better of it and left. I swear, it's possible for fans of both teams to be loud and cheer their team without being obnoxious. Oh, and one last thing, Mr. Vandy fan, who talked about how Franks is the worst QB in the SEC (he isn't the best, but sure isn't the worst), your team is so bad he had a career day as I predicted so take a lap and shut your mouth. (I'm leaving out issues that happened, but it's a funny story I'll save for another time).
Anyways, watching our team move the ball from the beginning gave me hope, even when behind 21-3. Everyone was awful at times and great at times. Great resiliency. Scarlett's go ahead score was, coincidentally enough, in the same area as Malik Davis' game sealing TD last year against Vandy. Take away that freak fumble (more on that later), we run for over 300 yards. Great job by the line overall. Some mishaps, but at least one sack was a matter of a delayed corner blitz (I think the first). Perine and Scarlett did amazing.
It is worth noting that after the pick on the first drive, we passed and ran down the field. But in the red zone we ran multiple times to settle for a field goal.
Yes, Franks threw a pick on the first drive, but the defense did allow a 98 yard drive. Then a 75 yard screen for a TD (bad safety angles). The third one was the only TD set up by a turnover with bad field position. Great halftime adjustments by Grantham. Pierce had the bad fumble, but a freshman mistake that he will learn from (hold tight when thrown sideways).
The infamous punt return and coach argument...Brought the Gators and Gators fans back into the game. 2 scores with 2:42 remaining in the first half was huge. First drive of the third was too conservative.
If I tell you a QB will throw for 2 TD, 1 INT, 65.5% and 284 yards with over 9 yards per attempt you would take it all day. Yet, there have been some fans saying this was a poor performance. Umm...what? Was it perfect? No. But this is why I don't take some critics seriously. Yes, it could and should be better, but if these numbers are poor, you have lost the plot. You can criticize the amount of screens, but there were several throws on slants and seams that were hit down the field as well.
- Laser to Hammond on the Sideline for a first down and 14 yards.
- Screen to Hammond for 13 yards and a first down.
- Swing to Scarlett for 12 and a first down.
- The pick. Called Quick Slant bad decision to throw.
- 16 Yard pass to Van Jefferson after a sack to set up 3rd and 2.
- A "pass" jet sweep to Toney for 4 yards.
- Great ball into the window on the slant to Pitts for 12 yards.
- Swing to Perine for 6 yards and a First down.
- Bad throw that landed a few yards behind Jefferson. Only thing I can think of is he was trying to go back shoulder, but Jefferson was reading an over the top throw.
- Over Pitts' head. Franks is being hit while throwing. I know, 99% of QB's are 100% accurate when being hit, but Franks is the 1%. Yes, if you think I am making fun of you and/or some people in the stands, I am. When I hear people blame a QB for a poor throw as they are getting rocked, that person loses any and all credibility with me, especially when they are hit within 3 seconds of the snap indicating a guy came basically free at him.
- Screen to Toney, Grimes and Lewis can't block 1 Vandy Defender, play goes for a loss.
- Ball goes through Pitts hands. Should have been caught on the slant.
- Great throw to Cleveland on a stop route allowing Cleveland to run for a first down.
- A yard off of Jefferson that would have been a TD. Incomplete.
- Screen to Toney, who loses his footing on a cut so only 9 yards.
- Completion to Jefferson on a slant.
- Swing to Perine for a first down.
- Poor pass at the feet of Grimes. Live it looked like Scarlett was a lot more open than it did on the re-watch.
- Perine on the swing down to the 7 just before half. Live, from our poor perspective in the far end zone we thought he was down at the 3. When we realized it was at the 7, we thought quick throw to the end zone.
- A great decision by Franks. It had to be a one read decision because of the time left. When he sees Jefferson is well covered he quickly throws it away. Broadcast thinks its back shoulder, if that's right, it's the second possible back shoulder miscommunication. Either way, people thinking Franks needed to waste the rest of the clock going through progressions are hilarious.
- Jefferson drops it on a great called drag route. There were blockers ready. I think Jefferson got distracted by jumping d-linemen.
- "Pass" to Toney for 2 yards. ***Not sure if counted as a pass.
- Swing to Perine for a first down. High throw because Franks had to throw over the DE. Good adjustment by him.
- High throw to Perine.
- Great Slant throw to Jefferson for the TD.
- Great Seam throw to Moral Stephens for 26 yards and a first down.
- AMAZING defensive play by the Vandy linebacker tipping it at full stretch. Guy starts by the line and drops just enough to get it. Right read, just needed a little more air underneath it.
- Great pass to Cleveland for a first down after going through his progressions with help from the o-line.
- Pierce on a swing pass for 6.
- Screen Pass to Swain for a TD. Swain with the AMAZING leap for the score.
- First and Foremost. Re-watch the pick, the official 2 yards away waves his arms above his head. Play should be dead there, PERIOD. Our guys stop playing because he does this.
- Then the other officials don't pay attention to him and allow the player to return it.
- My seats were right down the Vandy sideline. At least 14 players ran onto the field and at least 5 were no less than 10 feet on the field at one point (can't see this on the broadcast, only see one guy). The fact not a single flag was thrown is a joke. Every official needs to be fined half their pay for this alone.
- Then, the Joseph ejection, are you kidding me??? I'm glad that SEC Now even went after it.
- Side note: referencing Jimmy Snuka on what looked to be a Falcon's Arrow by Joseph on the first 15 yarder is ignorant.
- The block in the back was a joke. The player waits to hit the Vandy players side once he turns.
- Perine's first TD (on review), the Vandy fans thought it was for a fumble, because the ground can cause a fumble. LOL.
- That fake by Townsend...awesome. Also, Vandy NEVER got him to the ground...
- Can't wait to see Jeawon Taylor to finally catch one of these balls he's dropping.
- I forgot Kylan Johnson was on the team...sad because he was decent for us two years ago. Victim of the nickel package.
- The East has a good shot at going at least 7-7 against the West after Tennessee's win at Auburn. We've beat LSU and #FailState, UT beat Aubie, UK beat #FailState, with Mizzou/Arky, Carolina/Ole Miss, Vandy/Arky & Ole Miss and UGA/Aubie as winnable in the East. For how it has been, this is a shift. Will it last? I don't know, but it is worth watching.
I think this game was exactly what the team needed. A game where nothing goes right to start and allows the team to know they can persevere. Also, waiting for the team to exit post-game I want to give a special shout out to Grantham. 15 minutes after he walked through the crowd he returned to a kid at the end of the line in a wheel chair and spent a moment with him and signed his stuff.
I think the Bye Week will allow us to install a few new things, expand the playbook. It's weird though not saying "and to get healthy", which I think is another credit to Nick Savage.
Oh, and we are officially Bowl Eligible. Where my "lucky to be bowl eligible" peeps at?
Enjoy the Bye Week.
- Thread: Feleipe Franks
As one of his greatest detractors coming into the season, I'm effectively putting a muzzle on my own beak the rest of the season over this guy. 22-of-31 for 219 on the road.
All he does it get better and better against all odds. Mullen's extracted every ounce of efficiency possible. Amazing.
Greetings all! I just wanted to drop by and introduce myself to everybody. I've been a lurker on the boards since Syn was slinging the rock all over the intramural fields back on the old GSMB days. I've always admired the insights ya'll bring and I especially enjoy reading Cover 2's breakdowns following the games. I'm glad to finally be a part of the community an I look forward to joining in the discussion from time to time!
On that note, I'm going to go ahead and declare myself fully in the "bring in Frost" camp as I think he fits the mold of what we need (solid in all phases of the game, player development, recruiting ties to the state, etc.). That's not to say that I wouldn't be okay with some of the other potential hires (Campbell, Fuente or Chad Morris would all do well here I think) but that he is my preferred candidate. I really hope Ox is right about Mullen not being a candidate, and I'll never forget the Mullen play calling wheel somebody posted back then...
I also looking forward to hearing about how Franks and Corral battle it out in the spring, which I think Franks gets the first start but Corral beats him out after a few bone headed mistakes.
As for the rest of this season, well, I'm gonna cheer like always and I fully anticipate being disappointed, as I have grown accustomed to being in the last (almost) decade. I suppose that makes me a dumper with the pumper's heart or is it the other way 'round?
Anyway, I look forward to cheering and complaining with you all in the future!
- Thread: The National Signing Day Thread
- Thread: The National Signing Day Thread
Why don't you fckers go to one of the other 8 "Mullet sucks" threads to carry on this pissing contest? It would be nice to be able to read about some recruits without having to skim through 20 pages of non stop arguing about how Mullen is or isn't going to feature a forward pass in his offense.
I had a member last night that was disappointed that a couple of people were dishing out personal attacks, and I wrote him a PM this morning. However, I thought it was important enough of a topic to share much of what I wrote right here.
I consider myself as providing a valuable community service here, and I'm only half joking when I say that. I think the primary reason for a sports message board to even exist is for therapeutic reasons; i.e. venting / letting it all out. Before message boards, a lot of pissed off, drunk men would take it out on their families, wives, or pets - or they would simply destroy property in fits of rage. In some cases it was so bad the police had to be called. I myself used to punch holes in walls back in the 90's during football games; part of me wonders if I could have avoided that had Gatorchatter been around. Hell, the governor should give me a medal for reducing the crime rate.
Obviously, the past decade has been particularly bad. It's a helpless feeling to see something you loved destroyed by incompetence and you have no power to do anything but watch the destruction. So, when something like what happened last night happened, I try to stand out of people's way and let them vent. Most vent in a controlled manner - some lash out at others. If they get totally out of hand I will send them away for the night to cool off, otherwise I will leave it alone. In most cases, those being attacked are super pissed too and don't hold grudges because they know the other is just letting off steam. Also, keep in mind that I was extremely pissed myself and didn't have the best judgement going on either. It's not like I'm a neutral observer in all this destruction; part of me wishes I was.
At any rate, the rage has subsided and a lot of crime has now been avoided due to Gatorchatter. It's honestly nice to have a place to commiserate with people that have the same interests. I'd rather cry in my coffee with you guys than cry alone. I hope no one did any real harm to anything or anyone last night.
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