We all know that Steve Addazio is gone. Even I admit it, it’s getting old. And I took more pleasure in ripping on him than anybody, mainly because he was such an easy target, but also because getting high blood pressure is bad for your health. Why give yourself a heart attack when you can have fun with it?
That was why my posts towards him were angrier and edgier than Ryan’s.
But one thing is undeniable. Florida right now is an Addazio shaped team. Not a Meyer shaped team, because Meyer took a nap throughout the 2010 season. It is a 100% Steve Addazio shaped team resembling Ron Zook- lots of talent, no production. And this isn’t just on offense- Will Hill was the epitome of that.
A while ago, I broke down what Steve Addazio cost Florida. Here, I’ll take a slightly different angle.
Check out the streaks that were broken with Addazio calling plays.
22 games, between Ole Miss 2008 to Alabama 2009.
SEC East wins
16 games, between Georgia 2007 to South Carolina 2010
SEC East home wins
14 games, between Tennessee 2003 to South Carolina 2010
Games with a TD
67 games, between Alabama 2005 to Alabama 2010
Wins over teams from Florida
10 games, between Miami 2004 to FSU 2010
Three losses in a row
22 years, from 1988 to 2010
And there’s more, but I think you get the point.
Now, it’s time to hit a totally different point.
Check out when these streaks started. Most of them started either when Meyer wasn’t at Florida yet, or was early in his career.
See where I’m headed?
Five years from now, nobody is going to remember Meyer for what happened last year. They’ll all be remembering Meyer for bringing his spread option and kick blocking fetishes to the SEC. They’ll all be remembering his two BCS Championships, and how he produced five of the game’s alltime greatest- Tim Tebow, Percy Harvin, Brandon James, Joe Haden and Brandon Spikes (and, well, Cam Newton spent more time at Florida than at Auburn).
So if the saying is right- a coach is judged by how he does compared to his predecessor- then Muschamp’s got some serious work to do.
Luckily for Muschamp, this isn’t five years from now. It’s now, and he has time and room to work with. He’s got a few years to build a championship team. I ask you this- what happens if Florida blew every team out of the water in 2010, and steamrolled its way to a BCS Title? What if they did it in 2009, too? Then what happens if Meyer has a heart issue and Muschamp steps in?
Not that I’m thanking Addazio- but Muschamp should be.
Barring an average of four fumbles a game, and 500 yards surrendered, Muschamp and Florida have nowhere to go but up.
Go ahead and denounce that.
But can you realistically imagine anything worse than what happened last year? Not as bad as last year- I mean actually, noticibly worse?
Not at Florida, anyway.