December 20th, 2011 01:17 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Florida
Tags: Brian White, Gainesville Muschamp, Gator Bowl, Year Two
Charlie Weis may be gone to Kansas, but Will Muschamp says his offense — or something very close to it — will remain at Florida.
“We’re not going to come in here and change what we’re doing,” Muschamp told The Gainesville Sun. “I don’t think that it’s smart to hire a guy and have 40 guys learn as opposed to one guy learning. Obviously, will he tweak some things? Certainly. Will he change some things? Maybe.”
“We’re not going to just take a playbook, throw it out the window and bring another one in. We’ve got a young football team and I think continuity is the most important thing at this point with our football team. That’s really the parameters I’m looking for right now.”
Weis’ offense — if it’s the same one he used in the NFL and it likely is — uses terminology that many other offenses do not. Most college playbooks include everything under the sun at this point — spread passing plays, option running plays, Wildcat packages, etc — but it’s the verbiage involved in calling those plays that makes each offense a bit different. And Weis’ is believed to be more unique than most.
With that in mind — and knowing that the clock is already ticking on him in Gainesville — Muschamp sounds like he’s about to make a very wise decision. Better to teach the next offensive coordinator a new vocabulary than all the players on the offensive roster.
Further, the coach says current UF assistant and former Wisconsin offensive coordinator Brian White is a candidate to fill Weis’ shoes. White’s handling of the Gators’ bowl work will serve as part of his evaluation, according to Muschamp. Obviously, going with a man on the current staff would ease the transition a bit more for the Gator players.
But Muschamp said once again yesterday that he plans on talking to multiple candidates and will not make a hire until after the Gator Bowl against Ohio State.
For stability’s sake — and that’s something the coach desperately needs in Year Two — we believe Muschamp should take a long, hard, fair look at White. Fans might not be wowed by his hiring in the short term, but if White can do the job, that’s all that will matter in the long run.
Remember, Weis was a splashy, fan-pleasing, outside hire last offseason… but Gator fans sure aren’t cutting Muschamp any slack right now because he “won the press conference” with that move.
If White can do the job, the fact that he knows the players and Weis’ offense (and its terminology) should give him a leg up on the competition.
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