One final post in retrospective about the event specific to Florida based on Coach Mac's and player statements.
The word "rebuilding" was not used in any Florida discussion. They believe in themselves. There's a quiet confidence they can defend the East and position Florida to go further. That includes the defense, which may be a bit optimistic for this season. That's another thread.
It's the Gator offense that obsesses nearly everyone. Lots of information and tidbits to mull over.
Most surprising statement: Coach Mac not naming the starting QB, yet saying he knew who it would be.
That supports my theory of a known early starter on a short leash, such as Del Rio or Franks with Malik as the change-up, ready in the wings. With a simple training wheel offense,Malik could be quite dangerous, especially with time as he learns the players and scheme. It's putting too much reliance on a transfer QB to start in an opener. Our situation is not that dire at QB. Coach Mac mentioned having depth at the QB position for the first time.
Everyone in the Gator organization is confident there will be a much better offensive line. They are not alone. Booger McFarland labeled it as potentially the best in all of the SEC. Good offensive execution starts on the line of scrimmage. I can't wait to see the bigs shine and how it will improve the overall offense. That's what we had going at Florida in the 80's with the Great Wall. We're a long way from those legendary days. It's been awhile since we've had a notable offensive line.
It's the degree of execution in the line that makes all offense possible. This season we will go from a patchwork line-up to a cohesive unit. Better line play leads to more efficient and productive offense. Consider the difference of a half second makes for a QB to look and throw downfield. The accumulated time of possession to rest the defense and limit scoring opportunities for opposing teams.
We're likely to need significant improvement in the offense to carry more of the load of the defense this season. The defense can hold its own if they are not worn out by offensive ineptness.
With so much room for improvement based on the past two seasons - an upward trend for the offense in nearly every metric is all but guaranteed.
There's a lot to be excited about this season for people eager to see the Gator offense improve and go to the next level.