GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — At a time when Florida would normally have its assistants on the road recruiting, coach Will Muschamp has them in the office.
Reviewing, re-evaluating, reassessing.
"We need to sit down and figure some things out," Muschamp said Wednesday, four days after a 36-17 loss at Missouri that essentially eliminated the Gators from contention in the Southeastern Conference.
No doubt, the Gators (4-3, 3-2 SEC) have plenty to fix in Muschamp's third season.
Florida's offense is a mess, mostly because of season-ending injuries to quarterback Jeff Driskel, running back Matt Jones and right tackle Chaz Green. But the problems also stem from talent, performance, scheme and play-calling — evidenced by recurring ineptitude on that side of the ball.
The Gators currently rank 106th out of 123 teams in total offense, the third consecutive year they have been in triple digits. They finished 105th in 2011 and thought changing coordinators and quarterbacks would help. But the offense showed little improvement after switching from Charlie Weis (coordinator) and John Brantley (quarterback) in 2011 to Brent Pease and Driskel in 2012.
Sure, the Gators won 11 games last season and nearly played for the Southeastern Conference title. But anyone who watched them probably realized they overachieved with stifling defense and some timely breaks.
Florida hasn't been nearly as good on defense this season, and that's left the offense playing from behind way more often than Muschamp would prefer.
"We need to do a better job across the board," Muschamp said. "When you're not producing, you can't continue to do the same things or you'll get the same result."
So changes could be in store during Florida's bye week. The Gators play rival Georgia next Saturday in Jacksonville. Both teams have lost consecutive games and both are unranked heading into the annual matchup for just the second time since 1979.
Muschamp expects freshman running back Kelvin Taylor to see more action, but the most significant moves could come on the offensive line. The Gators were manhandled up front against LSU and Missouri, with tackles D.J. Humphries and Tyler Moore getting abused early and often.
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