Podcast: Recapping the Cotton Bowl for the Florida Gators

GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we recap the Florida Gators 55-20 loss to Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl.

Andrew Spivey and Seth Varnadore recap what went wrong for the Gators on Wednesday against Oklahoma.

Andrew and Seth also talk about all the rumors surrounding the Gators coaching staff post-Oklahoma.


Andrew:                 What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, back with my man Seth. Seth, we’re back. Have we cooled off yet, or are we still feeling that 55-20 Cotton Bowl loss?

Seth:                        I kind of moved on somewhere in the third quarter. I think some of the coaching staff moved on after the Alabama game though. We’ll see.

Andrew:                 It was not pretty from the start.

Seth:                        No.

Andrew:                 That’s what we can say. You knew things were going to be really bad when Kyle Trask throws three first half interceptions. You knew things were going to spiral very quickly when that happened. I look back at the game, and I look back at Kyle Trask, and it was great that he played. I’m glad he played and showed out for everybody, but you have to look back in hindsight and say, maybe that wasn’t the smartest idea for him.

Seth:                        No. The first pick I think was totally on him. He seemed late. Uncharacteristically late, which could be he’s wanting to make sure this guy runs the route correctly, because he’s never played with him before really. Then the other two were just you want a guy to sit in the hole and zone, and he doesn’t. Now he reaches back and tips it up, and then you get a pass rush to hit your hand. He did himself no favors by playing. It feels like after the game when Mullen says that we went in with a really simple game plan, I feel like they didn’t do him any favors either. I feel like you kind of owe it to him, to Trask, for what he’s done the last couple seasons, to really try to send him out on the right note, and it didn’t seem like they were really focused on doing that.

Andrew:                 I think what you just said was accurate. You get used to guys like Kyle Pitts and Trevon Grimes and Jacob Copeland and Kadarius Toney being in the spot. The one thing we talk about and praise Kyle Trask for is his ability to put the ball in a spot for the receiver to go get it. I think you have a good point there in that I don’t think he fully trusted guys like Rick Wells and those guys to go out and fully make that play. The ball to Kemore Gamble, was it a perfect throw? No. Was it a terrible throw? No. Kemore should have caught the ball. Kyle Pitts catches it.

Seth:                        I think that’s one where he was expecting him to sit, and Gamble kept running a little bit. If he would have sat, the ball would have been placed on his shoulder away from the defender, which is a great spot, so he could turn away from the defender. He keeps running, and now it’s kind of slamming the brakes on it, reach back. Now you get a tipped ball for a pick. It was just, you could tell early on. As soon as that pick six, you felt like you were in for a long night, and that turned out to be true.

Andrew:                 The defense, once again, no help. Yes, there was a lot of young playing in the game, but also there were some veterans. The Donovan Stiner poor safety play continued. The linebackers not filling gaps, and the defensive linemen not keeping contain continued. The one thing, Seth, yes, there was a lot of young guys that played. Derek Wingo played a ton. Mordecai McDaniel played his first snaps of the year. Jahari Rogers, Avery Helm, all played first snaps of the year. But tackling is tackling. That’s the thing that bothers me is wrap up. Whoever taught these guys how to wrap up, I just don’t know. Open field, you break down, you get in a football stance, you make a tackle. Period. You don’t dive at somebody’s legs. You don’t try to shoulder tackle them. You wrap up.

And angles. Angles are the same in every football. A linebacker’s angles are the linebacker’s angles. A safety’s angles are a safety’s angles. That’s the part that is bothersome to me, because those are things that are taught in individual drills, and you do indy every day at practice. 15-30 minutes of indy work, just working on tackling, that kind of stuff.

Seth:                        And like pursuit angles and that kind of stuff, you’re teaching that in freshman football. We’re all going to get on. We’re going to do a pursuit drill. I’m sure it’s something they’ve done in the preseason. Maybe they haven’t done it in a while, but yeah. The tackling has been an issue all year. It seems to be more widespread than just at Florida, but it’s been particularly bad. What Oklahoma did a good job of is they ran that counter. They ran a lot of stuff where it was going to put Florida’s defensive backs in positions to come up and make tackles, and that unit has struggled all year coming up, filling, making tackles.

Andrew:                 435 yards rushing offense for Oklahoma. That’s embarrassing.

Seth:                        They averaged more yards per rush attempt than Florida averaged per completion.

Andrew:                 I saw that.

Seth:                        Just to put that in perspective. That’s insane.

Andrew:                 There was a stat, and I don’t have it pulled up in front of me right this second. I can probably find it here in a minute. I believe it was seven Oklahoma players ran for their longest of the year. Seven.

Seth:                        I saw that.

Andrew:                 That’s embarrassing.

Seth:                        Pretty wild.

Andrew:                 That’s the stuff, and we’ll get into it. Torrian Gray and Ron English are no longer a part of this staff. Yes, the secondary play was awful this year, but it wasn’t just secondary play, Seth. That’s the issue that you look at. It wasn’t just secondary play that really destroyed the season. How many times did the defensive linemen just not get in position to make a play on a tackle, because either they went through the wrong gap, they wasn’t paying attention, or they didn’t get a tackle? How many times do we have to watch a linebacker just misplay run plays, simple counter plays? How many times do we have to watch that before it gets corrected?

Seth:                        Yeah. With regards to counter, Texas A&M was running counter down Florida’s throat. That’s what they did in the second half of the game. They figured out we can just run counter, and you can call it counter. Some guys are calling it just like GT, because maybe not the backfield action, but whatever. You’re pulling two guys from the backside. Florida didn’t fit it well against Texas A&M, and nothing changed. You could throw on the Texas A&M tape and the Oklahoma tape. It looks exactly the same. That’s kind of a discouraging sign.

Andrew:                 Right.

Seth:                        To me, that stuff hasn’t changed throughout the year, and that kind of removes a lot of excuses about having condensed practices for the season. Stuff didn’t seem to change. That’s kind of tough to see. You have no change from Game 3 to the bowl game.

Andrew:                 That’s kind of, we’re getting way different things here, but Grantham’s coming back. That’s what it appears right now. We’ve had multiple people tell us that as of, we’re taping this on Sunday afternoon, the plan is for him to be back next year as Defensive Coordinator. A lot of the excuse is he didn’t have spring practice to get his young guys prepared and this, that, and the other. Yes, that’s the truth, but so is that’s everywhere around the country, but you’re watching guys make the same little mistakes all throughout the year.

Nothing improved on this defense at all, and you were a veteran-based defense that even last year wasn’t this bad. Yes, offenses have gotten better, everything else, but this is just an overall team that did not improve at all.        Kaiir Elam’s a very good player, but I had someone tell me, did Kaiir Elam really improve from last year to this year? I think the answer is no.

Seth:                        I don’t even know how you could tell. It’s not like he’s rolled up in the #1 receiver’s face every play, taking him out of the play. I think it’s hard to even tell kind of if he’s gotten better, and if you can’t really tell, then I think that would lead you to believe, no, he probably hasn’t. The spring, there is something to that, but that’s something that I think early in the year. I think that’s a valid excuse for the Ole Miss game.

Andrew:                 Right.

Seth:                        Even up to Texas A&M. But once you get to the end of the year, it’s your job as a coach to understand what you have and game plan around that. It’s tough when you feel like, I’ve coached teams that have had bad players. They just weren’t as talented as other groups I’ve had before. You can sit and say this group is just not as good, or you can adjust and try to do things they’re good at and accentuate their strengths. It feels like a lot of coaches at higher levels will just be like, this group just isn’t as talented as the past ones. Instead of changing what they’re doing, they just keep doing the same thing, and then just point to the players. You got to make some changes yourself too to help them out.

Andrew:                 Yeah. 90% of coaching is adjusting to what you have, whether that’s good or bad. You see a lot of teams have to adjust. For instance, this offense that Dan Mullen had this year and the offense that Dan Mullen is going to have next year are going to be two totally different people. Guess what? He had a great quarterback in Kyle Trask, who couldn’t run the ball as effectively as an Emory Jones or whatever, so he had to. Next year, Emory Jones doesn’t throw the ball near as good as a guy like Kyle Trask, so guess what you’re going to do? You’re going to run the ball more. You have to adjust.

I think that’s the thing with Grantham is that. I don’t know how to describe the fact of him not replacing Grantham. I just don’t. I don’t get the justification for it. I think it’s a bad look. I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again. You wasted a very, very good football team offensively and you went 8-4.

Seth:                        I’ll never advocate publicly for a coach to be fired, just being in it.

Andrew:                 Right.

Seth:                        It’s just a tough business. But something’s got to change. It could be Grantham maybe looking at the season, and he’s going to realize I got to change my ways a little bit. This game, it made me flash back to ’95 Fiesta Bowl, Florida-Nebraska. Florida’s defense gets run over and embarrassed. Spurrier fires his defensive coordinator. I think it was after one year, I believe. It was Bob Pruitt. I think he fired him after one season, went out and got Bob Stoops. The rest is history.

Something’s got to change, right? So, what’s going to change? Maybe the backend. The backend did bust a ton this year, so maybe just changing that will help, but there were other issues, like we said before. Something’s going to have to change, I think, on that side of the ball. Not necessarily the coaches, but they’re going to have to make some schematic changes and adjustments to kind of catch up a little bit after this season.

Andrew:                 The thing that bothers me, Seth, is this. After the game Mullen used the excuse, we were without a lot of guys. We were down to less than 60 guys. A lot of these guys were scout team guys. Yes. I get that. You were without your four best receivers. I get that. But that is an indictment of yourself by saying that, because that’s how you recruited. These are all your guys. These are your guys you recruited. Your guys should be able to line up and play better than they did on Wednesday in the Cotton Bowl, better than they did.

You look at what everybody around the country in these bowl games are doing. You look at North Carolina against A&M. They were without a lot of guys. They still hung in the game and competed. You look at other teams as well. You look back at the LSU team, when they beat Florida they had 50-some guys that were on the field at the end of the game. They were still competing and won the game. This is a Florida team that just looked depleted. It looked like a team that was not very good, and those are your guys that are playing.

I think that is what has a lot of people concerned, a lot of people scared about next year. It’s simply because what does this mean? What are these guys? Are they going to be able to get developed in a spring and a fall, or is this really what next season is going to look like? That goes offensively and defensively. Receiver wise, Rick Wells, Ja’Markis Weston, those guys, they didn’t look very good. Keon Zipperer had a lot of drops. Kemore Gamble had a lot of drops in the game. When you brought in some of those second team offensive line, they didn’t look very good. It’s a little bit of an indictment on the recruiting as well.

Seth:                        It’s tough to draw, I think, too much from this game. I think you can draw some things. One thing, it really seemed like they didn’t really put a lot into this game, game planning wise. Mullen even said after the game, we went with a really simple game plan, which isn’t going to do those guys any favors either. Oklahoma didn’t come in with a simple game plan. It ended up becoming simple, because they realized, we can just run the ball down their throat. We don’t have to do anything more complex than that. They came in defensively and just decided they don’t have those guys that can really kill us downfield, so we’re not going to give them any cheap ones. Throw everything in front. We’ll rally and make tackles, and you guys can just slowly move the ball around the field. Then Florida pressed a little bit and turned the ball over.

It’s kind of sad really the way the season ended. You lose three in a row. You lost a ton of goodwill. Going into that LSU game, I think everybody was feeling really great about the direction of the program, and then now these last three games have kind of given people some pause. I still think that coaching wise this group is still really good and get some things figured out. They obviously have a lot of work to do on the defensive side of the ball, but you have to trust your head coach is making the right decision, and if he’s not, he’ll end up paying for that down the line.

He’s been pretty good so far, so I think you don’t want to freak out too much from one game where it really appeared they didn’t care very much, but it does give cause for concern. You start off so well. You kind of don’t play great after the Georgia game. It bites you to LSU. You really play well against Alabama, who may end up being the national champion, and then you come out and lay an egg in your bowl game. It really seemed like the whole season was leading up to that Alabama game, and after that they were kind of over it.

Andrew:                 Yeah. I think what you just said is right. The positivity around the program is gone. Mullen said after the game, we’ve played in three New Year’s Six bowls. That’s good, and that’s fine, but at the University of Florida the goal is not get to a New Year’s Six bowl. The goal is to get to the playoffs, and you haven’t got there. You can say, we were on the brink of it. Yes and no. If you lose to Alabama, you still weren’t going to go. They had a chance in the Alabama game, but still.

I think the biggest thing, Seth, that is going to come out of this year, and I think is what is going to haunt people the most, is the excuse making that has been going on all throughout the season. You look back at the Covid issue after the A&M game. You look at after the LSU game. Then you look after the Alabama game, where he’s saying that they still go to the playoffs and do they even want to play in a bowl game. Then you look after the Oklahoma game, and that comes up about the scout team guys. It’s a lot of excuses that I think have rubbed people the wrong way. I think next year that’s what’s got to be cleaned up.

Seth:                        It’s on you, right? At a certain point you got to take responsibility. You got to take ownership. I’ve been there. Sometimes it is these players just didn’t execute. I called a great game, and we lost. I’ve been there. You feel that way, but you don’t say that. You kind of take the heat for your players a little bit.

Andrew:                 Right.

Seth:                        I know it’s not going to be looked upon well by other coaches where every time you lose it’s somebody else’s fault. Sometimes you get beat. This last game they just got their butts handed to them. They just got beat. Whether it was motivation or whatever, Oklahoma came in with a much better plan and out executed you and just crushed you. You just got to take it like a man sometimes and just say, we got our butts beat. That’s something that’s not going to endear him to a lot of other people, but it may be true. He may be right, but you can’t vocalize that every time you lose. It doesn’t look great.

Andrew:                 Yeah. It’s like I said to you off the air. A lot of people around the country are looking at it and not very happy and kind of laughing at him, at the way it’s went. That’s not a good thing. The whole Grantham thing is not a good thing as well, because it just doesn’t look good. After an 8-4 season like this, where you had aspirations to get in the playoffs and this kind of stuff, then you lose like that, you kind of feel like a change had to be made there. Again, I’m with you. I don’t like to call for anybody’s job, because I’ve been in the business, just like you have, and it sucks. It’s tough. There’s no bad coaches at this level, and that’s just what it is.

Offensively, when you look at this game, and you look at the future, what did you see from Emory that you liked, and what did you see from Emory that maybe rose some concern?

Seth:                        Emory, obviously, I think the #1 thing a lot of people are going to say is the way he runs. He’s going to add a bunch of different wrinkles to the offense next year. Things that make it easier to run the ball, not just with him, but just totally. It changes the looks the defense can give you. I thought he threw the ball well at times, and his career, when he’s gotten the chances, he’s throwing the ball well. He’s not quite, I think he’s got to work a little bit on accuracy, but he’s got a really strong arm. You saw him fit the ball into some tight spots. I think he’s really talented, and I think he’ll add a different dimension to the offense. I don’t think the offense will be better, but I don’t think they’ll take a huge drop, as some people think. He definitely adds some wrinkles with his ability to run. I think with some time with the first group and a lot of practice reps he can be that guy that beat you throwing the ball as well.

Andrew:                 I think the biggest thing for me, Seth, is the question going into next year on this offense is what does the offensive line look like? Can the offensive line run block? If the offensive line can’t run block, then I think you’re in trouble. If this offensive line improves and can run block, then I think Emory can do well. I just think that it’s a situation that if you come back with the same style of offensive line that can’t pass block, I get concerned. Or run block, excuse me. I get concerned about Emory’s ability.

I’ll take it a step further in that, like you said, I think he can definitely throw the ball well. I think it’s just not as high percentage as Kyle can, and I think that you don’t want to put him in a position where he’s throwing as much Kyle does either.

Seth:                        No. I think he’s a guy that he’s not quite there, where Trask is, especially in the ball placement department, but he made some throws in that Cotton Bowl. He threw, I think it was a go route to, was it Whittemore? On the sideline that was just perfectly thrown. He flashes that ability to make really good throws. What they can do with him next year is they can get in the same kind of empty packages they got with Trask, but now he’s a real threat to run, and you can do some kind of one-man RPO game with him that could make them really tough to stop. That throw to the quarterback run really opens up a lot of things.

You’re probably not going to be able to throw the ball as well, just because Trask was so accurate and such a great processor, but if the offensive staff remains the same, which it seems like they are going to, you’re going to have a really good quarterback coach helping out that really trains his guys up well. I’d imagine he’ll be ready to play next year.

Andrew:                 I will say this. Anthony Richardson has a bright future.

Seth:                        He’s a big dude.

Andrew:                 He has a bright future. When he gets out in the open space running the ball, and his just leadership skills, it’s refreshing to see. Then you see him throw the ball to Pouncey, and it was an on the money throw, good throw. Obviously, it was against some of the backups for Oklahoma, but still I’m a very big fan of Anthony Richardson. Like I said, I think Emory will be fine, but I think the future is Anthony Richardson, and it’s going to be bright with Anthony Richardson.

A little concern for me was the skill position. I do think they’ll get developed. I think Jaquavion Fraziers is going to be fine. I think Henderson is going to be fine as well, and they’re going to be good players. I kind of wonder the tight end position a little bit. Zipperer looked good at times but had some drops in the game. Didn’t look very good in his route running as I thought he had earlier in the year, so that’s a position that’s got to continue to improve. Again, I think it will. This staff has shown their ability with the skill position to get them ready.

Seth:                        I would think so. The drops are a little concerning, kind of all the way around, but it hadn’t been an issue all year, so maybe just chalk it up to one game. Maybe guys get little butterflies, because they’re starting for the first time in the big stadium there, and they’re playing Oklahoma. I don’t know. Hopefully that stuff doesn’t linger, and if it doesn’t, I think they’ll be fine. Zipperer, I thought he played all right, besides he had a critical 3rd down drop. Gamble had like three or four drops, which was unfortunate. Shorter had a couple as well on pretty well thrown balls. Those are catches those guys have been making, so hopefully that doesn’t linger into next year. If it doesn’t, I think they’ll be all right just with how much experience they’ve gotten, getting a lot of reps this year. Hopefully this is kind of an aberration.

Andrew:                 Yeah. Hopefully so. Let’s start to move on a little bit. Obviously, we’re taping this on Sunday afternoon, and the rumors are out there about T Rob being a guy that Florida wants in the secondary. It does look like Florida is going to give whoever the secondary coach is the full control over the secondary, and then potentially hire another defensive coach, because you want an extra defensive coach when your head coach is an offensive minded guy. It does look like it’ll be a defensive coach.

In my opinion, I would be okay with them splitting the secondary, or I’d be okay with them adding a defensive line coach, having a defensive end coach and then a defensive interior guy. The thing for Florida is they kind of already in a way have that in that they have Christian Robinson, who coaches more of those outside backers. Excuse me, Grantham coaches more the outside backers and those rush guys.

Seth:                        Typically when you’re splitting you want it to be safeties, corners, and like you said, D tackles, D ends. With Grantham, they already split linebackers. I think you’d be fine either way. I think there’s nothing wrong with giving somebody the entire backend, or there’s nothing wrong with splitting it up. It’s kind of whatever. You just got to have guys that come in and have the whole staff in sync with whatever the plan is. You want guys that fit what they want to do. Sometimes you could even have good coaches, but if they’re not all in sync and in line with how they want to play that can produce poor results.

Andrew:                 Right.

Seth:                        Most important thing, I think, is finding guys that understand how they want to play and can coach it, however they decide to split it up.

Andrew:                 Yeah. I think the biggest thing is whatever that second coach is has to be an elite recruiter.

Seth:                        I think both. I think anybody you bring on the staff. You’ve got to have recruiting in mind. Because look at the playoff, the four teams in the playoff I think if you go by the team talent composite, 2, 3, 4, and Notre Dame was 8. I think everyone looks at that and says, Notre Dame is not anywhere near talented enough to be in these games.

Andrew:                 Right.

Seth:                        I think Florida’s seventh. It’s about being in that top four, top five to give yourself a chance. Recruiting is the name of the game.

Andrew:                 Right. Yeah. No, you’re exactly right. I think when you look at this staff that is their one deficiency is the recruiting department. You look at just, for instance, Ohio State. Ohio State’s passing game at times this year has been suspect, but they can run the ball with the best of them. That’s something that in this bowl game had Florida been able to run the ball, you can line anybody up and run the ball if your offensive line is getting great push, but Florida hasn’t. So, they relied on Trask to do so much, and I think that’s a big key this offseason. I don’t want to blame this on Nick Savage. I think this is some of the coaching mentality on this staff, but they’ve got to get more physical.

Seth:                        The big differentiator at the top, in the really tough offenses, when you look at Florida just against say Alabama, you can do a lot of stuff on the backend against Florida, because you’re not really worried they’re going to run the ball.

Andrew:                 Right.

Seth:                        Najee Harris and that offensive line really limits what you can do in the backend, because if you try to put too many guys back in coverage to double Devonta Smith or roll coverage in all this weird way, they can just line up and run the ball at you. They’ll get in two tight end personnel, or like a tight end and H back, and just run the ball down your throat. Now you come up to stop the run, and now it gives them one on ones with their receivers. That’s really the best offensives have that ability. If you don’t, it really makes it hard. Florida did a really good job of scheming stuff up and scheming around their inability to run, but if you can’t run it just makes it so hard on you. If you can, it really opens everything up, and that’s what you’re seeing with the best offenses in the country, and the two offenses that are going to be playing for the national championship.

Andrew:                 You look at even in the NFL, you look at what the Chiefs do. Everybody talks about Patrick Mahomes, and Patrick Mahomes is great. Don’t get me wrong. He’s the best of the best right now. You look at what he’s able to do, and he’s able to hand the ball off to Edwards-Helaire or Le’Veon Bell or whatever it may, but they’re able to keep defenses honest in that kind of mindset. Like you said, that’s just something Florida hasn’t been able to do and hasn’t been able to do not just this year but the last few years. Even last year with Lamical Perine, who’s in the NFL right now, they still weren’t able to run the ball very well.

Seth:                        No. If you look back to Mullen’s past, think about his best offenses at Florida. They was like 250 passing, 200 rushing, or something similar. They had that ability, and so that opened up the passing game. If you could have given Trask, with how accurate he is, if you would have given him a really good running game, he would have been even more unbelievable this year, which is kind of hard to believe. It just makes things so much easier, because you can’t send as many resources to defending the pass. You’ve got to use those on the run, because it’s easy just to turn around and hand it off.

Andrew:                 Agreed. This offseason, what are your biggest keys for Florida?

Seth:                        I think that offensive line, obviously, that improvement there would go a long way towards helping them. I think they’ve got a lot of skill position talent. Obviously, you never want to kind of let that go, but getting that offensive line developed. Really I think the primary focus for me would be getting better on both lines of scrimmage. You’ve got to be able to run the ball when you need it, and you’ve got to be able to get to the passer or stop the run without having to put a bunch of guys up, without having to stack the box. If you can stop the run without having to stack eight guys in the box, you become really good on defense.

I think they got to get better up front on both sides of the ball. That would be my focus. Whether it seems to be maybe through the transfer portal, but that would be my focus. Getting better on both lines of scrimmage. If you can do that, you’ll win a ton of games next year.

Andrew:                 I agree. I think that’s my biggest key is getting more physical up front and just figuring out how you can protect Emory and use Emory’s ability to the best. Like I said before, you do not want Emory throwing the ball as much as Kyle Trask is. He’s just not going to be as successful with it. That’s not his game, but you have to also be able to do what’s best for him, and right now that isn’t there, because I don’t think Florida can run block good enough to allow Emory to be as good as he can be at the quarterback spot.

Also, I think a big thing is just in general figuring out whatever the issue is in the defense. If the scapegoats were Torrian Gray and those guys, and you think they were the reason, then whoever comes in has got to be the problem solver and the fixer of that problem. You can’t go into next year having the continuous miscommunications, the continuous not being able to line up, that kind of stuff. You just can’t do it. That cost you too many games this year.

Seth:                        The first drive of the Cotton Bowl you leave the #2 receiver uncovered, and you have two safeties standing in the middle field next to each other.

Andrew:                 Yeah.

Seth:                        I mean, it makes sense if these are the guys gone, I suppose. There’s been a bunch of busts in coverage in the backend this year, so it would make sense if Mullen’s going to the coordinator and saying, hey man, what’s the problem? It’s like, you see all these busts in the backend, it’s got to be them. That’s got to be fixed, and if that’s not fixed next year, then what’s really the problem?

Andrew:                 Right.

Seth:                        I agree. You got to fix those. You got to have guys lined up in the right place and not busting. The crazy part was it wasn’t like it was a lot of young guys busting either. They weren’t playing young guys all over the place. There were some veteran guys that were busting quite a bit.

Andrew:                 That’s the one thing that I say you can blame whoever you want to blame, but these were veteran guys, so what was the holdup here? Why are you still in Game, what was it, 12 of the season and still not being able to lined up against no huddle? That to me is the thing that’s concerning. Why couldn’t you get it? Were you not showing that in practice at all? If you weren’t, what were you doing?

Seth:                        This isn’t a real in-depth coaching point, but just for people that may be football novices, you never want your safeties to be able to high-five before the snap. That’s usually not a good way to line them up. When that happens, something’s wrong.

Andrew:                 Right. You want them covering both hashes at the beginning of the snap.

Seth:                        Yeah.

Andrew:                 It’s not even typically good for them to be able to touch hands after a play, because either you allowed a catch, or something went wrong.

Seth:                        Yeah.

Andrew:                 It’s definitely not good for them to be chewing each other out asking who’s supposed to have what.

Seth:                        Especially not while the ball’s still in the air, and you see that a few times.

Andrew:                 Yeah. Seth, we’re going to get out of here. We will be back when we get some coaching news, and it looks like it should come pretty soon. The transfer portal, the second part of the recruiting process, that’s all still going on. You kind of need to make a decision quick where you want to go with your coaching staff, so that whoever comes in can help recruit some guys to maybe fix and help the issue that they got. We’ll be back then, Seth. As always, man, we appreciate it. What you got coming to the site this week?

Seth:                        I’m not too sure yet. I may wait to see what happens on the coaching front, and then kind of look at those guys and see what they’ve done in the past. I’ll probably be kind of waiting like everybody else is to see what happens with these hires and kind of see what happens from there. Once hires get made, I’ll probably put some stuff together so you can kind of see what these guys have done in the past, their past stops, and what you can expect to see, maybe some changes that they’ll bring with them.

Andrew:                 That sounds good. We appreciate it, man. As always, guys, check us out on the site and check us out on Twitter. GatorCountry.com. As always, we appreciate it.

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