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Dan Mullen: Florida Gators’ offense will look simpler this season

'We’ve got to really focus on putting them in position to be successful.'
Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen stands in the tunnel before leading the team on to the field before the Orange and Blue Spring Game on Saturday, April 14, 2018 in Gainesville. (MATT STAMEY | Special to the Times)
Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen stands in the tunnel before leading the team on to the field before the Orange and Blue Spring Game on Saturday, April 14, 2018 in Gainesville. (MATT STAMEY | Special to the Times)
Published May 29, 2018
Updated May 29, 2018

DESTIN — Forget what you saw this spring, or last season.

The Florida Gators' offense will look simpler in coach Dan Mullen's first season.

"Spring ball, we kind of touched on a lot," Mullen said at the Hilton Sandestin on the first day of the SEC's spring meetings. "Instead of hey, we're just going to do this complete package, we're going to touch on different aspects of the offense and see what they handle. Moving forward from that now, we say, 'OK, here's things we do well. We're going to put this aside for maybe a year or two and focus on this part of the offense and defense.'"

That sounds obvious. Why should you harp on packages that don't work for your players instead of focusing on the ones that work?

But it isn't. Some coaches are rigid in their ways. That's a common complaint about the sustained offensive struggles of the Jim McElwain era.

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Mullen said he still hasn't watched much of the Gators' 2017 season, but he watched spring footage repeatedly to see what worked.

"We've got to really focus on putting them in position to be successful," Mullen said. "Not, 'Hey, this is our offense, this is our defense.'"

In other news, Mullen said things are going well with his quarterbacks, but no one has yet taken charge.

"Within the room, they work pretty well together," Mullen said. "That's the good thing."