You can count ESPN college football analyst Jonathan Vilma as someone not exactly impressed with the job Jim McElwain has done at Florida.
“He [McElwain] was brought in to fix that offense, and frankly, no one wants to hear about how many scholarship players they had or didn’t have,” Vilma said on Thursday night. “They brought him in there, and he knew the situation he was getting into. He signed on the dotted line and he’s supposed to perform. He’s supposed to produce. He’s not producing to the level Florida fans [expect].”
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Vilma has a point. The Gators have been downright woeful in offense during the three seasons McElwain has been in Gainesville, including ranking 103rd in total offense this season by averaging just 351.2 yards per game.
The major problem for Florida has been quarterback play, as a rotating cast of players have not been able to make the Gators a passing threat. The Gators average just 182.3 yards per game through the air.
“It’s the offense that’s killing me. That’s a head-scratcher. Offensively, he’s supposed to fix that, and it hasn’t happened.”
Vilma pointed out that the days of being patient with a coach who is rebuilding a program are long gone.
“If this were back in the ’70s or ’80s, he would get five, six or seven years to rebuild the team and make it his own, but that’s not the nature of the beast anymore,” Vilma said.
Anyway it is put, the Gators are having major problems, both on and off the field, and the Florida faithful are not happy.