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Five Thoughts: Does Mullen have a quarterback controversy on his hands

September 5, 2021
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Here are Five Fast Thoughts after Florida's 35-14 season-opening win over Florida Atlantic.

1) Here tonight, to begin his fourth season, this is the first time we have seen the true Dan Mullen offense at Florida. While he will say he doesn't have a fixed offensive identity, but instead molds his offense to fit the talent on hand (and that is true to a degree), what he prefers to do is feature a power running game, with quarterbacks who are more than just so-called willing runners.

Five Thoughts: Does Mullen have a quarterback controversy on his hands

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dtaylo56
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This is the moment of truth for Mullen. His biggest problem as a coach is being too loyal to players and coaches who are hurting the team/program. But QB is his metier, and he knows he needs an elite one to win championships. It's only one game, but I only saw one in a Gator uni last night who has that potential, and it's not Jones.

And I don't agree about Grantham. FAU had one of the worst offenses in the FBS last year and Nikosi Perry was a turnover machine at Miami. Yet he somehow averaged almost twelve yards per attempt in the second half (11.8) and eight (7.9) for the game. His coverage is still way too soft and good QBs are going to shred them as a result.

The bottom line is that Mullen puts personal feelings about his players and coaches over the good of the program, and if they fail to win championships under his leadership, this will be the main reason why. Which is a shame, as he is really a great coach otherwise.
Gatorcarl
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We heard a lot from spring and fall that the DBs were practicing press coverage, but in the game it was the same old, same old, FAU getting first downs because the DBs are all camped out behind the first down line. Do they think they can't play press, or is Grantham just paranoid about giving up a deep ball? But watching short passes covert first downs again and again because the coverage is too deep is frustrating.
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Gatorcarl said:

We heard a lot from spring and fall that the DBs were practicing press coverage, but in the game it was the same old, same old, FAU getting first downs because the DBs are all camped out behind the first down line. Do they think they can't play press, or is Grantham just paranoid about giving up a deep ball? But watching short passes covert first downs again and again because the coverage is too deep is frustrating.


This 100%. Play press coverage and trust that the safeties will be there to provide support on the back end. Wish we would simplify the defense and just let them play, especially against inferior teams like FAU.
GatorDMD
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Emory has the next game to get it figured out and if he doesn't and Richardson plays another great game against USF he gets the start against Alabama.

His running and some deep throws are the only chance we have against them.

Go big or go home.
EricN
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Gatorcarl said:

We heard a lot from spring and fall that the DBs were practicing press coverage, but in the game it was the same old, same old, FAU getting first downs because the DBs are all camped out behind the first down line. Do they think they can't play press, or is Grantham just paranoid about giving up a deep ball? But watching short passes covert first downs again and again because the coverage is too deep is frustrating.


At the end of the game we were running different DB packages and softer coverages.

The loss of Hill is more glaring
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