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What's wrong with Florida's defense

November 6, 2018
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The numbers from the last two weeks aren’t pretty.

Looking back over the stats from the Florida Gators loss to Georgia and Missouri, there are multiple areas of the defensive performance that should be put under the microscope. Let’s start with the big one; Georgia put up 36 points on the Gators defense and a week later the Tigers hung 38.

“I mean, you’re supposed to feel like crap. That’s not good. That’s not acceptable. We gotta handle it in practice and do better next week,” admits defensive lineman Adam Shuler.

What's wrong with Florida's defense

Eric-UF
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There is only so much you can do with average talent.

We are average at Linebacker and our safety positions and even our defensive ends (though I think Zuniga is playing above that). Our corners are good, but not elite and are still young. The DT are also young and learning.

I've been impressed with how they have played to date in spite of that.
---Go Gators!
Romeg8r
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I disagree. The DEs are very good. Polite, Zuniga and Jefferson will all get drafted I The first two days of the draft. I hate to say it but it's possible that they are already thinking more about the draft than the task at hand.
KassidyHill
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Romeg8r said:

I disagree. The DEs are very good. Polite, Zuniga and Jefferson will all get drafted I The first two days of the draft. I hate to say it but it's possible that they are already thinking more about the draft than the task at hand.


I think the posses immense talent. That makes it all the more puzzling they haven't performed as well to it. I fear you may be right.
herlihy22
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Boy, how good would it be to have polite and zuniga back next year. In reality, I think we be lucky if we manage to just get one of them back. Smh.. but that's what we need to win the sec. Big time players that wanna stay. Hopefully zuniga will come back in order to be a first round guy in 2020.
Eric-UF
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Romeg8r said:

I disagree. The DEs are very good. Polite, Zuniga and Jefferson will all get drafted I The first two days of the draft. I hate to say it but it's possible that they are already thinking more about the draft than the task at hand.
They are good, but they are not great. They played at an elite level against LSU and have pretty much been average since. They may all end up in the NFL, but they are not playing like it.

Jefferson will be a late rounder and the last few weeks has probably seen Polite's stock fall from a late first / early second to a third rounder (he needs some serious weight gain to be in the NFL).

We will see what happens between now and then....
---Go Gators!
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