He also made his distaste for Mullen very obvious when he made the "whiffed on 
Chip Kelly" comment.  He was in no way ready to give Mullen a fair shake.


    On Monday, April 16, 2018, 11:01:35 AM EDT, Woody <gatorrr...@gmail.com> 
wrote:  
 
 I get Will's point... but I think it was somewhat of an overreaction. We were 
never going to learn anything from the spring game. It was all about making it 
fun and reconnecting football with the fan base.  We're not going to see any 
improvement until maybe halfway through the season.
On Mon, Apr 16, 2018 at 10:27 AM, Shane Ford <goufgator...@gmail.com> wrote:

https://www.readandreaction. com/2018/04/15/define- 
happened-2018-florida-spring- game/

How to define what happened during the 2018 Florida spring game
Posted on April 15, 20184





After the 2018 Orange and Blue Debut, Dan Mullen said that he just wanted to 
bring fun back to Florida football.

Maybe I’m old. Maybe I had unrealistic expectations. But what I watched on 
Saturday afternoon wasn’t much fun. It was barely football.

I was expecting a fireworks show with QBs throwing deep to all of the wide 
receiver weapons we’ve heard so much about all offseason. Instead, I saw QBs 
who didn’t look much different than they did a year or two ago. I saw offensive 
linemen consistently struggling in pass protection. I saw busted coverages by 
linebackers on tight ends that ended up in touchdowns.

The only players who caught anything deep were alums who last played for 
Florida before any of the current players were born.

With apologies to Lawrence Wright and Travis McGriff, I didn’t tune in to watch 
a legends game. I tuned in to see a preview of the explosive offense I was 
promised when Scott Stricklin whiffed on Chip Kelly and brought in Mullen to 
restore the Florida program.

Many – including me – have bought into that vision for the program. But for a 
program that has struggled so much offensively, the entire vibe on offense was 
just tone deaf.

I want games in The Swamp to be spectacles. But this was a circus.

While the deep throws to former players were puzzling, I think the events of 
the day were best exemplified by QB Feleipe Franks “60 yard” run for a TD. 
Defensive back Quincy Lenton clearly had Franks in his sights about 10 yards 
downfield and slowed down. Then DBs McArthur Burnett and Trey Dean* caught up 
to Franks at the 15 yard line (enough to grab his jersey) but he was given the 
TD anyway.

Then Franks kicked the ball up into the stands and celebrated like he had just 
scored the game winner against LSU.

Some may try to say this was just having fun. They may tell you that the 
environment under the previous regime was so bad that Mullen had to do 
something to lighten the mood. They may tell you that this was about the fans, 
former players and recruits having a good time. They may be right.

But I think it was embarrassing. It was Butch Jones trash-can level bad. I half 
expected Mullen to come out in his postgame press conference and proclaim that 
it was part of building the program “brick by brick.”

Mullen has repeatedly spoken about the “Gator standard” way of doing things. 
One of the reasons I thought he understood that standard was that the SEC East 
championship signs came down almost immediately after he was hired. It 
indicated that the days of participation trophies were over.

But maybe we need to define what the Gator standard is a little bit clearer. 
It’s pretty simple: winning.

>From 1990-2010, Florida won 78 percent of its games and finished the year 
>unranked 3 times. Those teams averaged 35.2 points per game and an offensive 
>ranking of 19.5. From 2011-2017, Florida has won 59 percent of its games and 
>has finished the year unranked 4 times.  Those teams have averaged 24.0 points 
>per game and an offensive ranking of 92.9.

I saw nothing on Saturday that was building towards the former kind of offense 
or level of winning. It was a waste of a practice and a waste of time.

I spoke with multiple people that I know who were there. They showed up 
expecting to be excited about the direction the program was headed. Instead, 
they left wondering whether the staff felt the only way to generate excitement 
was to do so artificially.

When UCF claimed a National Championship after defeating Auburn this past 
season, my reaction was that it was ridiculous. But I understood what they were 
doing and even appreciated how their marketing efforts kept the school in the 
news and the national consciousness.

But that kind of behavior is beneath Florida. It’s why I’ve settled on the word 
unbecoming to describe the spring game. This is an elite, blue-blood program.

It shouldn’t require gimmicks to make the game fun.

*An earlier version of this article identified Joseph Putu instead of Trey Dean 
as one of the defensive backs who had an opportunity to tackle Franks. I 
apologize for the mistake.



















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