Will Muschamp: 10 Reasons He'll Fail Miserably as Florida's Head Coach
Former Texas Longhorns defensive coordinator Will Muschamp will be announced Tuesday as the Florida Gators new head coach upon Urban Meyer's leaving.
The decision by Muschamp apparently was more sentimental than anything. He spent 10 years in Gainesville as a kid. He also graduated from Georgia and coached at Auburn and LSU, all SEC schools.
He made it clear that he admired Texas Coach Mack Brown. However, some believe Muschamp—who was supposed to be the head coach in waiting—simply got tired of waiting for Brown to retire.
Muschamp's decision makes a lot of sense from his standpoint.
But does it make sense in the overall scheme of things?
Here are 10 reasons Will Muschamp will fail miserably as Florida's head coach.
10. The Gators Were Less Talented This Year
Despite having a legend in Urban Meyer as their head coach, the Florida Gators greatly disappointed this year, going 7-5.
Collectively, they aren't the same as they have been in previous years.
There is no real game-changer on the team, a problem Florida usually doesn't have to face.
With no head coaching experience whatsoever, Will Muschamp is entering what is clearly not a picture-perfect scenario.
It may take an Urban-esque coaching performance to make the Gators a viable top team next season, and it's hard to say if Muschamp will be able to pull it off.
9. Muschamp Has No Head Coaching Experience
There is no question Muschamp has been a solid defensive coordinator, if not spectacular.
But being a coordinator is an entirely different story than being a head coach.
Plenty of respected coordinators have found this out the hard way.
Going into a storied Florida program that almost demands perfection is a tall order for someone who hasn't been a head coach before.
8. Texas' 2010 Season
It's safe to say the 2010 season was a big disappointment for the Texas Longhorns program.
They went 5-7 despite a highly-ranked team going into the season, and the vaunted defense, although still solid, was not as spectacular as it usually is.
The Longhorns gave up fewer than 28 points only twice during the season and gave up 24 points in those two games.
Despite Muschamp's extensive success in defense, this may have been the worst defensive performance a team has exhibited since he started as a linebackers coach with LSU in 2001.
7. He's Being Thrust Into a Tough Situation
It would be hard for anyone to follow in Urban Meyer's footsteps.
He's established such a degree of excellence—anyone following him is going to be compared to him, despite how unfair that is.
Not only does Muschamp have to stack up against Meyer right away, he also is inheriting a team that is worse than it's been in a while.
Florida expects excellence right away; nobody cares to wait around for Muschamp to get settled.
The pressure is going to be immense. Hell, Meyer himself reportedly left Florida in part due to health concerns.
Muschamp will be hearing calls of, "We MUST be CHAMPS" all season long.
6. Two SEC Teams Know Him Well
It's a little bit of a debate whether coming from another program can influence their advantage on you when they are on the opposite of the sidelines.
But I overall believe it does give the opponent somewhat of an advantage. Not only does the team know your tendencies, they also know some of your favorite plays.
It would be foolish of LSU or Auburn to throw his history with the two programs out the window when they are game-planning against him.
Plus, the fact that they're two very good teams right now doesn't help, either.
5. Muschamp Won't Be the Same Recruiter As Meyer
Urban Meyer, in addition to his coaching ability, was also known as a top recruiter.
His name alone brought stars to Florida, and he reportedly wasn't too bad at convincing those who were looking elsewhere, too.
Will Muschamp, although a respected defensive coordinator, is no Meyer.
Not only that, he's entering his first year at Florida after a down year for the program. Some stars might be a little hesitant to join him in light of that.
4. The Gators Are Losing Some Big Stars
It's true that every good program generally loses some stars to the NFL Draft, but it certainly doesn't help Muschamp when the team wasn't as talented collectively this year to begin with.
Running back Jeffrey Demps could possibly opt for the 2011 NFL Draft, and top cornerback Janoris Jenkins is a lock.
I'm guessing former defensive coordinator Muschamp would have liked Jenkins to be there when he arrived, considering Jenkins is generally considered a top five cornerback heading into the upcoming draft.
The team is helping Jenkins fly away in this picture.
3. Muschamp Is a Defensive-Minded Coach in an Offensive-Minded Program
Ever since Urban Meyer took the reins for Florida in 2005, the Gators have been known for their spread offense and the number of points they put on the board.
Muschamp taking over will most likely lead to a different defensive-minded philosophy, and it's unclear whether he will use a spread offense.
His different philosophy may rub Florida fans and media the wrong way if there are not immediate results.
When you've been accustomed to the same thing over and over again, and then someone comes in and changes some things, is like when you rent a movie, bring it home and one of your roommates misplaces it or loses it.
You become very confused and you tirelessly search for that movie that was oh so familiar to you just a moment ago.
2. Florida's QB Situation
People are divided on Gators quarterback John Brantley, who succeeded Tim Tebow this season.
Some people don't believe in his ability to lead a top program. Others point to other factors, such as an uncomfortable center and an overall mediocre level of talent offensively.
I, for one, am not the biggest fan of Brantley. There's always the age-old argument that a quarterback can't succeed in a bad situation.
But I expect more than nine touchdowns and nine interceptions in 12 games.
A truly top-tier quarterback rises above a bad situation and makes it work.
Brantley didn't do this, and it remains to be seen what underclassmen Trey Burton and Jordan Reed can do.
Not a great predicament for a defensive-minded coach.
Which brings me to my next point...
1. Muschamp's a Defensive Coordinator Entering a Hurting Offense
You'd think if there ever was a time for Urban Meyer to be present on the Gators sideline, it would be now.
The offense was unable to do much damage even with him, and now Muschamp, a defensive-minded coach, is expected to help improve this same offense.
Sure, he's got an offensive coordinator, but you still have to be able to see things that maybe an offensive coordinator misses.
Urban Meyer was able to do this.
Muschamp might be able to improve the Gators defense, but will he be able to improve it enough so an inconsistent offense can eke out a victory most games?
Muschamp has got to be dying for a some offensive pieces, not to mention a cornerback that can take Jenkins' place.