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Postgame #3: Season Saver

Discussion in 'Gator Football' started by DRU2012, Sep 15, 2019.

  1. DRU2012

    DRU2012 Super Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator

    Thread title pretty well says it all:
    We were everything but DONE.
    Our headcoach appeared to have waited too long--the worst had come to pass and now not only were we FORCED to make that change, but everyone involved, in fact the whole damn TEAM looked, well, "shattered" was the term I used intuitively at the time--and it seemed particularly accurate and appropriate.
    In what turned out to be further MISjudgment on my part I also was SURE that he was calling upon the WRONG "backup QB" to come in and take over. I thought it was time for Emory, that our future fortunes were riding now on HIM--and that we needed he and everyone ELSE to accept and start getting USED to that idea asap.
    Boy, was I wrong--about that and many things!
    You all saw what ensued. I do NOT have to recount the play-by-play. Young Kyle proceeded to do everything that needed to be done: Coach M called a perfect, unpanicked game from there that rallied us from behind--and Kyle Trask EXECUTED. EVERYONE in Orange and Blue snapped into "listen and obey efficiently"-mode, and we steadily brought ourselves back in this one.
    It really WAS something to see.
    I don't know if we can manage that for the rest of this season. I'm not even sure THAT is the rigid frame-of-mind you want from a team in this set of circumstances. I suspect that there are as many different theoretical "winning approaches" from here to VICTORY as there are different kinds of people that might be involved!
    If "we" do it, it'll be done "OUR WAY"--HOWEVER that turns out to be.
    For now, I will just say this: Lets ALL take a deep breath, shake ourselves thoroughly, look around, laugh--and then design a modified, flexible plan for our eventual SEC Championship and beyond!
    I don't KNOW if we have all the necessary pieces, but we sure as HELL have our share! Lets go see if it'll be enough after all!
    We got a new angle, a new "lease on life" here for the moment! Take it from me--I KNOW about such things from recent experience! Whatever actually HAPPENS, this is all A GIFT! Ride it for all it's WORTH...and ENJOY that ride.
    I certainly intend to.
     
  2. DRU2012

    DRU2012 Super Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator

    PS To some extent, I feel like we are "playing with house money" now:
    I mean, by late in the FIRST HALF I was essentially RESIGNED TO LOSING that game; we had looked and executed that badly (not to mention clumsily thrown away numerous opportunities)!
    I am NOT exagerating: I was already that sure that we were well on our way to losing our second in a row to UK-'who for almost THREE QUARTERS yesterday looked like THE BETTER FOOTBALL TEAM. No shit: "The University of Kentucky CLEARLY looked to be the superior team in the first 3 quarters hosting The University of Florida yesterday."
    It was NO ACCIDENT or fluke that we were behind at that point.
    Then we lost our (supposed) "QB-1" , Filiepe Franks. Sure, that situation has ALWAUS been a little more volatile and debateable over the last few seasons--but our best hopes and dreams for THIS one mainly centered on him finally settling in, showimg confidence and consistency and LEADING this offense to new heights.
    By the time Franks was writhing in pain on the turf there late in the 3rd, it really seemed those hopes were dashed FOR SURE!
    What proceeded to happen from there, Gators outscoring Kentucky 19-0 between there and the end of the game to TAKE it--a COMPLETE "reversal of fortunes", not just to the game but possibly to our whole season--well, the rest of the night and into this morning has been painted in a strange warm mixture of giddiness, bewilderment and scary relief!
    But more and more what is mounting at the core of it all is a sense of HOW LUCKY WE WERE--"...and what the HELL do we DO with that good fortune NOW?!!"
    I mean, it's a good and valid question; the more I consider it, the stronger grows the determination that "we NOT SQUANDER IT!!"
    We've been handed an amazing "second chance" here GATORS! A warning and a glimpse of our own demise--then a sudden opportunity to LEARN from it without having yet had to "pay the price" for our blundering after all!
    So lets TRY not to blow it now. I call on our coaching braintrust to squarely FACE the mistakes and failures that brought us TO that brink and, now that we find ourselves somehow back in control, precariously balanced, but balanced nonetheless, on the precipace, that whatever we do from here it all be in redoubled service to BUILDING A WINNER from here.
    If there is a practical way of doing that and it being satisfactorily reflected in the results of the rest of THIS season's schedule, all well and good...but if it means that its ultimate fruition will more likely be realized "further down the road", I am OK with that--long as I can see and recognize it! And of course THAT'S the "tricky" part: Most of us want RESULTS NOW, "instant gratification".
    So from here, I suppose I will be judging "results" on a kind of "two-track scale":
    "How it's going" in terms of THIS seasons schedule, game-to-game...and at the same time the "Bigger Picture" Overview of where The Program is at and where IT is headed. Like I say, "tricky deal"...Touchy discussion all around.
    Well, I have announced it here now: y'all are forewarned, and can interpret future comments accordingly, right?
    I AM interested to hear how Y'ALL see this? Do you agree? Do you think I'm "all wet"? Is it a matter of "Now, or FORGET about it!!!"???
    It's likely to be a chaotic and confusing season from here, I figure, no matter what--and how one SEES ot all in the above regard will make a HUGE difference in analysing and/or interpreting results--and how one therefore sees the future of the program, BASED on those "results".
     
  3. Escambia94

    Escambia94 Aerospace Cubicle Engineer (ACE) Moderator

    After studying the film without emotion, I would disagree. Last year the Gators lost this game and rebounded to win 10 games. This game was not the same. Mullen was very conservative, because he was never concerned about losing to Kentucky. I know it was frustrating to the fans, but Mullen was saving plays for UGA and Mizzou. Now, Franks was probably nervous about Kentucky, because he was benched as starter once at Kentucky and he lost a game against Kentucky.
     
  4. Leakfan12

    Leakfan12 VIP Member

    Just hoping Trask can do what he did and the Gators should be fine.
     
  5. Escambia94

    Escambia94 Aerospace Cubicle Engineer (ACE) Moderator

    He will be fine as the SEC officials stop letting dirty players like Kentucky's Kash Daniels get away with twisting a player's ankle in a dogpile.

     
  6. Escambia94

    Escambia94 Aerospace Cubicle Engineer (ACE) Moderator

    The more I watch the film, the more I am convinced that Kentucky is a dirty team. They should have won by bullying the Gators in the trenches with superior size, but they took it a bit further by trying to injure key players. Hats off to the Gators for not letting the bullies get in their heads. Under Muschamp and McDeathThreats, the Gators would have responded emotionally.
     
  7. DRU2012

    DRU2012 Super Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator

    Yes--but they got in MINE: I was watching on my laptop yesterday, freezing and zooming in, backing up and examining closer--and alone here getting madder and madder, contemplating who to call...then finally came here now to VENT, as a matter of fact--And found all this! THANKYOU. Nothing to be done, of course... (I sent off a detailed and annotated version of the sequence-in-question to my friend in the UF Athletic Dept, STRESSED that this was serious, NOT just a delusional fan's late night obsessiveness--but am doubtful about further repercussions--Gotta figure THEY are already aware of all this, if any further repercussions it'll be back-channel--and/or "back-alley"! Yeah, our guys kept their heads, but there are BOUND TO BE FURTHER CONSEQUENCES, in the form of SOME kind of vengeful activity vis a vis "Kash" (and possibly a coupla others) in particular up the road. Franks is well-loved and respected by his teammates, they were already suspicious and riled (hence all the additional, uncharacteristic for a Mullens-coached team further shots later--and as this is confirmed and muttered about, the evidense watched and rewatched, its consequences for Filiepe and the team further sinking in, well, the frustrating impotence of their situation for now will no doubt fester; I can only HOPE that no further effort at "extracurricular" schemes are clumsily carried out...young men get some crazy ideas in their heads, and this could all take a particularly ugly turn over time!!!
    WHO KNOWS WHERE THIS IS HEADING NOW?
     
  8. Leakfan12

    Leakfan12 VIP Member



    From SEC Shorts
     
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