Amid a brutal season that has seen a blowout at the hands of arch rival Georgia, very close losses in other SEC games, and ultimately a fired head coach, Gators fans have to be thinking back to the glory days of when Steve Spurrier ran the show in Gainesville.
And the Ole Ball Coach thinks a blast from the past may help the next coach put in charge of the Gators football program.
According to OnlyGators.com, speaking on The Buddy Martin Show on Thursday afternoon, Spurrier indicated that his old offense could at least help to restart the Gators, who have struggled to score points in recent years.
“The offense we ran in the 90s, that’s not what they do here now,” Spurrier said. “People always say, ‘Well, coach Spurrier, why don’t you give them some ball plays?’ I say, ‘Listen, every play that we ran in the ’90s is there on video at the University of Florida. If they want to go back and watch Danny Wuerffel and Shane Matthews throw all those touchdown passes — we led the nation in touchdown passes through the 90s, more than any other school — it’s all on tape there. Go back and watch it. They don’t do that.”
Spurrier didn’t necessarily say that such an approach was a bad thing but rather more of just a comfort thing for each coach and staff.
“Coaches coach what they know, and they coach how they’re comfortable coaching,” he said. “And the way we coach at Florida now is not the way we coached back then. I’m not saying ours was a whole lot better – maybe it was – but they’re trying the best they can to coach what they know. It was hard for me to try to give some positive ball plays here and there.”
Shifting toward where he thinks Florida will turn to find its next head coach, Spurrier offered a suggestion for a quality he would like the next coach to have as well as an educated guess on what the next coach will be doing for the rest of this season, wherever that is.
“Hopefully, one or two Gators on the staff I think would be helpful,” Spurrier said. “It’s not always completely necessary, but I think it would be good to have some more Gators represented in the coaching staff, I really do.”
“The coach we’re going to hire is probably, I would almost 100 percent say, is coaching his team today, this weekend, and through the end of the season and maybe through the bowl game,” Spurrier added.