In my honest opinion, I think I’m a pretty rational guy who gives everybody a fair chance.
That was why my anti-Addazio articles weren’t written with nearly the firepower behind them in 2009 as they had in 2010. I was patient with Addazio in 2009, because he was taking over for a great offensive coordinator in Dan Mullen. Even though I was wary of his 7-29 total record at Indiana as an OC, I figured that it was possible that he needed players for his offensive style in order to succeed.
That’s why I was so extremely pissed off when not only Florida didn’t even maintain the same level of offensive success, not only did they drop big time, but I had to hire Spongebob Squarepants to go find it for me because no human can survive that deep underwater.
Because in his second, pivotal year, Addazio’s offense couldn’t put up a first down against the Oompa Loompas.
But Steve Addazio is not the whole point of this post. The point is to show you guys that if I, one of the more volatile writers in the world, can have patience with Muschamp, then you should too.
Florida’s record says that they went 8-5. That is most decidedly NOT true. What if Miami Ohio doesn’t fail two fake punt attempts, and commit four turnovers? What if Urban Meyer’s fake punt fails against Tennessee? What if Georgia doesn’t hand Florida four turnovers? Well, I’ll tell you what happens then- Florida is 4-8. That’s not to mention what might have been the worst performance of all- the Outback Bowl. There was really only one game Florida should have won but didn’t- LSU.
If Muschamp goes 8-5, then that’s an improvement from last year. Don’t jump on him so quick. The second year of a coach’s career is the one that matters. That’s when his players are used to him, used to the system, etc.
Look at the last few years, at what these great coaches have done in their first and second years, as well as how they turned out, at new powerhouse schools.
Urban Meyer, Florida
1st year- 9-3, won Outback Bowl
2nd year- 13-1, BCS and SEC Champions.
Total- 65-15, 2 BCS and SEC Champions, 3 BCS Bowl wins
Gene Chizik, Auburn
1st year- 8-5, won Outback Bowl
2nd year- 14-0, BCS and SEC Champions
Total- 22-5, BCS and SEC Champions
Chip Kelly, Oregon
1st year- 10-3, Pac 10 Champions, lost BCS Rose Bowl
2nd year- 12-1, Pac 10 Champions, lost BCS Championship
Total- 23-4, 2 Pac 10 Champions, 2 BCS Bowls
Nick Saban, Alabama
1st year- 7-6, won Independance Bowl
2nd year- 12-2, lost SEC Championship, lost BCS Sugar Bowl
Total- 43-11, BCS Champions, SEC Champions
Get the picture? There’s a noticable jump from the first year to the second year. The only thing that will be undetermined after Year 2 will be whether he can recruit the players to win, as opposed to using Meyer’s guys.
Nobody here remembers anybody wanting to run Saban out of Tuscaloosa after 2007, right? That’s because he was so successful after that people forget about that. But there were such people. Now, you see them and think they’re crazy.
I’m not saying that Muschamp will be another Saban (though he worked for him, so maybe) but I am saying to give Muschamp a chance beyond his first year.