How “Our backs are against the wall” mentality could help propel Gators past Georgia

All the talk the last few days has been about coaching replacements for Will Muschamp, not IF he gets fired, but WHEN he gets fired. What has been lost in all of it is how this team will respond to what seems to be another lost season on the brink of becoming a train wreck.

We thought it could not get any worse than 2013. We thought with the health and the new offense, this was the “redemption season”. We thought that Muschamp would correct his mistakes (just like any good coach would). But we all thought wrong.

With Muschamp all but being carried to the stake to be burned by the villagers with shovels and pitchforks, he somehow has one last shot to make a case. For most it will not even matter. But for the powers that are in charge, it will matter. Jeremy Foley is not ready to move on just yet, President Machen already has one foot out the door towards retirement, and the boosters seem to be silent in all of this.

I did notice one interesting thing on Saturday night as I was preparing to vacate the premises of a nearly empty Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. I looked up at the Bull Gator Deck, which resides just underneath the press boxes and suites. I could count the people that were still in their seats on two hands. That amount of silence is surely deafening. The area of the stadium where the money comes during an SEC East matchup at night looked as empty as it does during the Gators annual Orange and Blue Spring game. THAT is not a good sign.

With all that being said, we must ask ourselves one question… Will this team fold up their tents and pack it in the remainder of the season like last year?

We will know the answer to that question around 3:50pm on November 1st. We will know by the body language of the players in the early parts of the game. Will Coach Muschamp be punching chalkboards or get into arguments with fans again? Will the play calling be as bland as saltine crackers again?

Teams in this situation go one of two ways, north or south. Last years team was so disorganized and depressed, they went south in a hurry. This years team has a chance to show that it has the mental makeup to overcome the adversities it has faced once again this season. This game will show if there is any Gator Pride left in the hearts of this team. The old saying, “a team takes on the character of its head coach” is very true. And right now Will Muschamp looks like he is mentally defeated on every level. Jeff Driskel looks like he just went 12 rounds with Ivan Drago and the trainers won’t throw in the towel to save him. Surprisingly, the defense still has some life. It’s really the only bright spot on this team currently, and they are pulling the entire bus and everyone inside.

Florida has a chance to salvage a season on the brink of destruction, save their head coach from punching chalkboards, and save their pride. Oh yeah, and in the process, ruin Georgia’s bid for a SEC Championship. This team needs to cancel the noise, stand up, wipe the tears away and go take care of business. They need to have the “backs against the wall” mentality. They need to believe everyone in the world is against them. They need to understand that the disrespect they have been getting has been deserved based on their performance on the field, and that the only way to erase it is to just go out and play their best game. This is no longer a season about getting to Atlanta. This a one-game season. Each week is your season. Your goal should not be winning 8 games anymore. Your goal needs to be beating Georgia and showing the world, and yourselves that you will not go away quietly. Florida is still Florida. Bad or good, this team is still a premier program with talent at every position.

Will Muschamp is a stubborn man. He clearly doesn’t like listening to advice from other people. But he needs to. And if there was one piece of advice I could give him on this day, it would be this: go win a damn game. Say, next weekend maybe? Against your alma mater, perhaps? The team that you’re 0-3 against?

Yeah, that one works. Go win that one.

11 thoughts on “How “Our backs are against the wall” mentality could help propel Gators past Georgia

  1. First – I’m surprised to see an article here that doesn’t rehash all of the reason why muschamp should’ve been fired. I think I’ve read about last years Vandy game ten times this month. As much as I would like to see florida win I have no confidence they will play with backs against the wall. Wish they would.

    1. The reason that “Muschamp should be fired” is rehashed all the time is because he still has a job. But at this point we’re done with that, because now everybody’s onboard. He has no supporters left.

      And I don’t think they’ll play with their backs against the wall, either. But if they want to save their coach’s job, they better.

        1. Yeah, make an account and post from it. We’ll set you up with a profile picture- that’s what differentiates regular users and random people who make up a bullshit email just to leave a comment. And FFS, make your user name more than one character. Bring back “The Bone”!

          Also, I have the dude’s IP address. He tries anything else funny and he’s gonna get it worse than Muschamp will at the end of the season

  2. collage…lol

    reminds me of an old Maddox page where he posted his response to hate mail based on his posts:

    http://www.thebestpageintheuniverse.net/c.cgi?u=dumbassjocks

    http://www.thebestpageintheuniverse.net/c.cgi?u=music_cool

    http://maddox.xmission.com/hatemail.cgi

    Date: Tue, 08 May 2001 00:35:00 -0000
    From: Adam Taylor
    To: maddox@xmission.com

    why the fuck do you bitch and complain about everything? is there
    anything you DO like? why don’t you do somthing usefull? like NOT make
    web pages where you complain about everything. the article entitled
    ‘Listening to cool music makes you cool.’… your fuckin’ stupid. the guy
    played cool music because it get’s the attention of other people, and
    obviously it fuckin’ worked.. and the thing about basket ball, what the
    hell is wrong with basket ball? i don’t like it myself, but atleast i
    don’t go off about how stupid it is. i don’t like basket ball… big
    shit… SO I DON’T FUCKIN’ SAY ANYTHING ABOUT IT! so just because your
    either 1. to damn lazy to get off your ass and play, 2. you fuckin’ suck
    ass at it, or even 3. because people probably don’t like you, doesn’t
    mean you can just go off about how stupid it is.

    another thing, i just read your ‘That’s right asshole, bag my groceries!’
    article, obviously you licked ass at sports when you were younger. you
    seem to have somthing against people who play sports. were you picked on
    when you were in high school? or possibly even BEATIN by the kids that
    were bigger than you and were good at sports? obviously you were. how can
    you possibly say that the kids playing football interupted you ‘learning’
    anything. seems to me all you do is bitch about the people that are
    better than you at anything at all. and the reason you keep seeing the
    ‘jocks’ you went to school with ‘bagging your groceries’ is because, you
    said it your self, your high school team sucked! they got no where
    because the licked ass… like you. i was recently accepted to play for
    the Vancouver junior football team, which may lead to collage ball, or
    even the CFL, which could very well lead to the NFL… now tell me that
    i’m not going anywhere playing football? dip-shit.

    next time your writing about how much you hate somthing… think a little
    about how fuckin’ stupid you are before you post it on you
    ‘stupid-ass-no-creativity-at-all’ website…. and use some PHP, or HTML
    for fuck sakes, or atleast a little web design, your site sucks ass…
    your making people, that actully know what there doing, look bad..

    go to hell.

    _____________________________

    Well I have to hand it to you Adam, you’ve proven once and for all that not all jocks are dumb and that some are even smart enough to go on to collage. I take back everything I said about athletics being a diversion from education.

    Every once in a while, I’ll get a piece of hate mail so stupid that it’s brilliant. You claim that I’m wrong for criticizing people who play loud obnoxious music in public? After all, why garner the attention of voters with rigorous political merit when you can penetrate everyone’s psyche within a 5 mile radius with poorly-written, one-note, R&B, homogenized, trendy horse shit, right dipshit?

    You do make a good point however, when you talk about… oh wait, my bad, I started reading my response to you; you have no good points. However, I can’t argue with success. As hard as it is to believe that a mere mortal would be bestowed with the prestigious honor of being accepted to play on the Vancouver junior football team, I’m very impressed. No really, that has to be right up there with winning a distance pissing contest, at the very least. I’m sure you’ll make it big in collage. Don’t let a silly little thing like the fact that you’re a moron come in the way of your dream.

    Oh, by the way, I’ll take your suggestion for sprucing up my web page with some HTML under consideration, thanks. In fact, I think I’ll start with this page, tell me what you think of the new look:

    Since you seem to be an expert at web technology, perhaps you’ve noticed some of the scripts I’m running behind the scenes on my web site? Tell you what, since you seem to be in-the-know, I’ve decided to give you a demonstration free of charge; I’ve banned you from my web site for one week. Ah hell, let’s go crazy. I’ve banned everyone from your ISP from my web site for one week. I’ve left a message for anyone banned from my web site to email you with their gratitude! Enjoy!

  3. Why do you think Muschamp is anymore “up against the wall” for this game?

    If they did not have a reason to play all out against LSU and Mizzou why should they find heart against UGA?

    WM is a great DC but I think that he is over his head. We may not even make a bowl and recruits are bailing.

  4. Seems to me that the circle the wagons and save a coaches job stuff only happens in the NFL- where a team does rally and the coach retains his job. Must be a maturity thing.

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