Former longtime NFL pro Jonathan Vilma knows what makes a team good considering he was part of a few in his time. He was on the Miami team that won the 2001 BCS Championship and was the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2004 for the Jets. However, he also won a Super Bowl with the high octane New Orleans Saints so he’s seen some great offense up close and personally.
So when he says Florida has some issues on offense he definitely knows what he’s talking about as he told fellow ESPN analyst Trevor Matich:
Here’s all of what he said:
“He [McElwain] was brought in to fix that offense, and frankly, no one wants to hear about how many scholarship players they had or didn’t have. They brought him in there, and he knew the situation he was getting into. He signed on the dotted line and he’s supposed to perform. He’s supposed to produce. He’s not producing to the level Florida fans [expect].
“If this were back in the 70s or 80s, he would get five, six or seven years to rebuild the team and make it his own, but that’s not the nature of the beast anymore. It’s win and win now. … It’s the offense that’s killing me. That’s a head-scratcher. Offensively, he’s supposed to fix that, and it hasn’t happened. It’s the defense that’s gotten them to the SEC title game. And they can’t hold up against the better teams.”
Florida is currently 12th in the SEC in scoring offense, averaging 23.7 points per game to go with the conference’s 10th best total offense that averages 351.2 yards per game. The rushing offense is middle of the pack right at No. 7 with 168.83 yards per game to go with 182.3 passing yards per game, which is 11th in the conference.
In fact, Florida has not finished better than 11th in the SEC in scoring offense. For a guy who ran Nick Saban’s offense and lit up scoreboards, that’s pretty underwhelming. Those kind of stats will likely keep McElwain on the hot seat despite his two SEC Championship Game appearances in 2015 and 2016.
[h/t Saturday Down South]