Continuity a must for new offensive coordinator, Will Muschamp says
Now that he's hired former Boise State offensive coordinator Brent Pease to be Florida's new OC, Florida coach Will Muschamp said he wants the transition to be as smooth as possible.
Afterall, this will be Florida's third offensive coordinator in three seasons, and Muschamp said a complete change in philosophy and terminology wouldn’t be fair to the players.
“That’s what we wanted to limit as much as possible,’’ Muschamp said. “It’s a limit in the terms of coming in and calling a formation something different and that we’re not used to. We want to let him learn what we call the formation. Will there be some changes? Certainly. It’s not all going to be the same. There will be changes defensively, too. I plan on our staff being intact and our players too. There are always tweaks and changes to what you do to fit your personnel. There certainly will be when you welcome someone new.’’
Muschamp said he understands the issues Pease will be facing, particularly since he was in similar situations at Texas and Auburn. In the end, he believes the players and coaches will mix just fine.
“I have done what he is doing, twice – at Texas and at Auburn,'' Muschamp said. "I told him you’re going to look at some things that you’re going to say make total sense conceptually with what and how we call it. On the other hand, there are going to be some things that may not make much sense, and we’ll have to make them understandable for our players so it’s not a total change for them. As we work through that after we get off the road recruiting, that’s what we’ll be doing – meeting and going through all those situations. I have done exactly what he’s doing. At the end of the day he doesn’t need to get marbles in his mouth at the end of 3rd-and-8, he needs to be able to get a call out. He needs to be familiar enough with the terminology to be able to call it, and also have our players understand it. We’ll work through it in due time, and we’ll be fine.”