I haven't seen a single post from anyone griping or complaining that we won the SEC East after a pretty long drought. For McElwain to do so in his first season with mostly 4-8's leftovers on offense and a patchwork offensive line is nothing short of amazing! I couldn't be happier that he is our coach and I am really looking forward to the years to come.
But as Winston Wolfe so famously said, "let's not start s***ing each other's ***** quite yet!"
The SEC East was pretty pathetic this season. That's really not disputable. We are winning, yes. But we're doing so with a suffocating defense that was largely recruited and built by the former guy. Will McElwain be able to keep that unit at its current level of dominance? That's a huge question going forward.
If that defense drops off next season due to the departure of some important pieces, will he be able to improve the offense enough to offset those losses on the other side of the ball?
The reason some fans are a bit hesitant to embrace our newfound success is because this success has come to us so quickly that we really don't know this team's identity nor what it will look like next season. To be plain, there's just not a lot of certainty about this team right now.
We see the results of what Mac is doing but we're not able to see whether how he is doing can be replicated in the future. Mac's having a hell of a run with 4-8's players. And I'm grateful. I just want to see a team led by an undisputed quarterback with an offense that gives defensive coordinators nightmares. When Florida has enjoyed its greatest successes in the past, that's what we've had. Let's see if Mac can deliver that in the future.
But, hey, great season. I'm loving it. Rah-rah Treon. Go Gators. It's great to be a Gator. All the rest of that.