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Mullen: Preparing both Jones and Richardson to start

March 20, 2021
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  • Mullen starts by congratulating Mike White and the Gators basketball team on their win. He also talks about March Madness and Florida's next matchup against Oral Roberts.
  • Mullen talks about Emory Jones and his status heading into the offseason. "I don't even think of those terms right now," Mullen says regarding Jones being designated as the starting quarterback. He also adds that the answer is yes, Jones is the starter, but he is preparing  both Jones and Anthony Richardson to start and trying to get a back-up ready.
  • He continues talking about Emory's physical growth and how Jones plays strong because of his size. He says that physicality and ability to stay healthy taking hits while running and standing in the pocket is more important than Jones putting on more weight.
  • Mullen talks about the development of the program heading into year four. He says that he is never satisfied and always wants to get better. Three straight new year's six bowls and an SEC Championship appearance are good standards for Mullen heading into another season.
  • Mullen goes back to talking about quarterbacks. He wants everyone to take a break physically and mentally for a week. "We are going to have a great offseason," he says. He adds that one of the most crucial things is watching film and being able to self-correct. "It's so critical for each individual guy to learn how to develop."
  • He jokes that if you are not taking away anything from your own film, you might as well be watching Spongebob.
  • "I think we have a great attitude as a team," he says. After his final week of practice, he has seen a lot of high energy and commitment in these past few weeks.
  • "The biggest thing is ‘guys made plays,’” during the final scrimmage. But the biggest area he wants to improve is mastering all the little specific that they can control out on the field.
  • Mullen goes back to discussing Emory's improvements and how he has grown from understanding the reads to improving the accuracy to being able to make the different types of throws. Jones knows the read and now he wants to get through each action to be exact.
  • The attitude and energy of the team are critical, Mullen mentions. "We may not have the household name players like Kyle Pitts," Mullen says. He adds that this team had a huge amount of depth and that's why not having household names is not negative.
  • "I'm comfortable with some of the O-line," he says regarding creating depth in the line. He is not currently sure who the starting five or next three are.
  • Defensive line-wise, you look at the guys you expect to be great, but we are creating that depth, Mullen adds.
  • Mullen feels good on the secondary but still just wants to get that depth settled.
  • New secondary coaches Jules Montinar and Wesley McGriff have brought new things to the team. Mullen says that with such a young group, the new coaches bring attitude and energy to the team. He says they have great attention to detail.
  • Mullen went back to talking March Madness and said he's got 80 guys who want to be his starting five. He also jokes that after spring he might have a basketball scrimmage.
  • There's not one guy teaching the young guys. There are a lot of returning guys pulling all the other guys. It varies from group to group. From the offensive to the defensive to the secondary to the receivers. It's an effect that goes all the way through the group, Mullen explains the leadership roles.
  • Mullen discusses the sour note the defense ended on last year. 'I look at every little detail and look at what was bad and what was good on the defensive side of the ball." He says that overall the defense has had a very good spring. He adds that adjustments and improvements are being made in the areas the defense suffered in 2020.
  • "I think having a spring certainly helps," Mullen says on being able to put players into positions and starting positions come fall. He adds that having a spring this year makes it easier to evaluate the entire team to see the plays they can make and plays they can't make as well.

Mullen: Preparing both Jones and Richardson to start

3,382 Views | 7 Replies | Last: 28 days ago by cyclogator
UFgator52-20
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What I miss about Spurrier and even Meyer aren't only the wins but them being willing to day something interesting.

Muschamp would speak his mind.

Mcelwain and Mullen bore you to death.
cyclogator
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    "Mullen discusses the sour note the defense ended on last year. 'I look at every little detail and look at what was bad and what was good on the defensive side of the ball." He says that overall the defense has had a very good spring. He adds that adjustments and improvements are being made in the areas the defense suffered in 2020."


I'd be interested to know what the adjustments and improvements are...
jshuajaksnUF10
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I think a new safety and cornerbacks coach is one result of the detailed analysis. Whether that was the correct decision or simply a way to save Grantham, we'll see next season.
cyclogator
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jshuajaksnUF10 said:

I think a new safety and cornerbacks coach is one result of the detailed analysis. Whether that was the correct decision or simply a way to save Grantham, we'll see next season.
Those aren't the result of any analysis. Those are the results of one coach getting fired by Stricklin and the other leaving because he didn't want to be here anymore.
Romeg8r
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Better have two ready to start
jshuajaksnUF10
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I see. I didn't realize the entire situation related to the two departures was explicitly detailed/ announced by the program. Sounds like you were in the room when these decisions were made so I'll trust you on this.

I do think Elam's comment on focusing on being fundamentally sound "this year" under Coach Jules was insightful but perhaps I'm looking too much into it.
cyclogator
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Really? English was fired by Stricklin for the recruiting violation in the state of Washington which also got Mullen a Letter of Reprimand from Stricklin and a show cause from the NCAA. Gray left Florida to take a parallel job in the nfl. This is common knowledge and easily found/known.
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