Im going A-, with the recruiting term paper still outstanding though the first draft was a shaky C.
Overachiever the first year and much easier to like than I ever imagined.
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For all you B+ 'ers let me say that this team is not the same team that took the field the opening game. The team evolved in Mullen's hands and the loss to UK and Mizzou was the transition in progress. This guy is for real. I can't wait to play all three teams we lost to this year again. I'll bet he can't either.
Florida - beats Meatchikn
Ugly - loses bowl
Clowns- no bowl
Tinerc - no bowl
scUM - loses Bowl
Chumpcawks - loses Bowl
Central - loses Bowl
Crackumbus- loses recruiting edge over us
Other than Saban dying, what more could we ask for. Come on, Mullinz, get that recruiting going.
A for me, and the only reason it wasn't an A+ is this recruiting class not being stronger with FSU and Miami in the gutter. This was a mentally beaten-down team, so I'm willing to forgive the hideous UK and Missouri games, as those bumps in the road are going to happen in rebuilding mode.
Excited about the future.
I'm interpreting Donkey's parameters to reflect actual "real world" conditions, and concomitantly realistic expectations. Some people talk about "grading on a curve" as if the events that have taken place, and will continue to unfold through NSD, all occurred or will occur in a vacuum of some sort. That is utter nonsense in almost any challenging or genuinely complex situation, and particularly in the one DM inherited. The roster, the team's morale and the very program itself were in a shambles. Player development was non-existant, and the concept that something that could be thought of as "The Gator Standard" even continued to exist, after the last 8 years, was sadly comical.
So let's stop pretending that this season was some sterile, controlled experiment in "adjusting" an already stable model to maximize it's pre-existing potential. That's not what this season was about, not even close. With all that said, I pretty much agree with swamp thang, with one caveat. I think the recruiting is at least a B at this point and fully expect a strong finish to improve that grade to at least a B+, if not better. I will close this by giving DM a solid A, while awarding him the order of the bouncing boobies for especially meritorious service.
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Imo amything less that an A or A+ is just being too critical. We are 10-3 a year after being 4-7 with largely the same team. Mullen did it without his players...and he did it with Felipe Franks at QB. Mullen should win coach of the year, hands down.
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It also took a while to get the kids to believe.
Imo this is the biggest thing. You heard Lewishat was Lewis, right?--saying he was ready to quit. I doubt he was the only one. They were certainly playing like a team that quit and didnt believe in Butters.
This is a big deal. Attitude is everything, and he had to figure out how to bring them back without breaking the most fragile of the bunch.
The psychological aspect of making kids winners was actually CUM's strength. He was never really an Xs and Os guy. It seems like some of it has rubbed off on Mullinz.
I don’t understand the mentality of those in camp #2. This was a rebuilding season and we finished in the top 10. That is remarkable any way you slice it. There were going to be some bumps along the way.
Just a year ago, these same players were under the control of the worst coaching staff ever assembled. Again, remarkable.
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