It did not take long for the Florida Gators football team to start making some serious changes.
On the heels of its first losing season since 1979, the Gators fired offensive coordinator Brent Pease and offensive line coach Tim Davis on Sunday, just one day after losing 37-7 to arch rival Florida State.
The changes had been rumored for weeks. With the losses piling up, it became clear that head coach Will Muschamp would have to make changes to his offensive staff.
Pease was hired following the 2011 season from Boise State to replace Charlie Weis as offensive coordinator.
Florida’s offense struggled mightily in its two seasons under Pease. In 2012 Florida finished 97th nationally in total offense (334 yards per game) and faired even worse in 2013, finishing 112th in total offense (316.7 yards per game).
In Pease’s defense, Florida’s offense was ravaged by injuries this season. Starting quarterback Jeff Driskel, backup Tyler Murphy, running back Matt Jones, wide receiver Andre Debose and three offensive tackles all missed significant time with injuries. But that is only a small excuse for the offense being as inept as it was.
Along with Pease, Florida fired offensive line coach Tim Davis. Florida’s offensive line has been pretty abysmal in each of Davis’ two seasons. The unit has allowed a staggering 66 sacks combined in the past two seasons. And after rushing for 187.7 yards per game in 2012, the Gators running game took a serious step back in 2013, averaging just 145.8 rushing yards per game.
It is unclear who any potential candidates might be to replace these two coaches, but we’ll have more as names begin to emerge.
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