Analyst Clay Travis wasn’t a fan of how Florida performed against Michigan, and he wonders what it could mean for Jim McElwain.
The Gators had a rough time against the Wolverines on Saturday, losing 33-17. The offensive play was particularly concerning. And it’s not a leap to wonder if even average play, especially at quarterback, will happen for Florida’s offense soon.
Writing on Outkick The Coverage, Travis dropped former Oregon coach Chip Kelly’s name when analyzing how “the swords would be out for McElwain” if Florida were 1-2 before playing Kentucky on Sept. 23. Check out part of his column:
I think things could get really, really ugly for McElwain. The game against Tennessee on September 16th looms massive for both Butch Jones and McElwain. To me, that’s a linchpin game for both teams and for both coaches. If Tennessee were able to beat Florida for a second straight year and the Gators were 1-2 going on the road at Kentucky, the swords would be out for McElwain.
Can anyone imagine Chip Kelly in Gainesville?
But if McElwain can get his team rallied, beat Tennessee and then beat Kentucky for the 31st year then the Gators would be 3-1 with Vandy, Texas A&M, and LSU all coming to town. Then the Cocktail Party would probably decide the SEC East.
But after watching this game I have zero optimism that’s going to happen. The Gators looked flat out awful.
It seems early to consider Kelly or anyone other than McElwain being the coach in Gainesville. But Travis is right that Florida’s leader needs to figure out a way to breathe life into the Gators’ offense fast. Florida produced just 192 yards and nine first downs Saturday.
Florida’s situation will be worth watching throughout the fall.