A three-year starter for the Florida Gators who played under Steve Spurrier and Ron Zook, former guard Shannon Snell joined OnlyGators.com in 2012 as a football columnist to provide his unique perspective on the team. He has returned to continue sharing his musings through the 2013 season. Snell, who played in 46 games over four seasons and started 36 of those contests, was named a First Team All-American by Sporting News in 2003 and spent two seasons in the NFL.
I’m not known for beating around the bush. That’s never been me and is something that’s unlikely to change. A lot of times in the past I have said some things that were enraging and other times (though more rarely) plain stupid, but I’ve always tried to tell the truth and speak my mind. In the end, no matter who likes you or who doesn’t, people will respect you for doing so.
“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn’t.” – Mark Twain
Here’s some truth: this Florida Gators football team is not good. Sure, that’s a statement straight out of Captain Obvious’s journal, but I have not seen anything like this dating back to the good ol’ days of Ron Zook.
The Gators are failing in every aspect of the game and there appears to be little hope in sight. There was a possibility that Florida could have or perhaps even should have beaten a decent Missouri team, but with so many injuries and an overall lack of identity, that thought became more and more fictitious as the clock counted down to zero.
I’m not going to beat a dead horse when it pertains to analyzing the Missouri game. That has already been done here on OnlyGators.com and elsewhere. You’ve read about the offensive line being atrocious, the defense playing uninspired, and the coaches making a number of mistakes throughout the game, starting with failing to give freshman running back Kelvin Taylor more carries.
Looking at things from my perspective, the biggest concern I have at this point is the relationship between the coaches and the players and whether division has already been created internally. Simply put, no one enjoys losing. Speaking as a former player, it can create a lack of trust towards the coaching staff from the players, especially when losses begin to pile up and adjustments are not made.