Florida football has a very rich and winning history, which leads to some very high expectations in the modern day.
And with those expectations come fans who aren’t very patient when the team is struggling like they have been the past two years.
But when a head coach inherited a dumpster fire like Billy Napier did, a little patience is warranted as they try to turn it around.
That’s the message that Chris Doering sent to Gator fans yesterday during his talk with Ali Peek Wilbur (@Ali_peek). You can find the full interview here.
Florida football: Entitlement in fans is the issue
Doering’s main point in his interview with Ali is that fans don’t view themselves and the team in the same way that they used to. Now, it’s almost like they’re a part of the team and should have a say in how it’s run.
"“You know, the idea of being a fan, it’s changed from being one that supports the team and the program to someone who thinks they have a right to b**** and complain all the time.”"
Chris has a point here. Boosters who donate sizeably to the program have the right to voice their opinions if things aren’t going well.
But a lot of normal fans have gotten way too comfortable being aggressive and disrespectful to both the Gator coaches and players.
Have the past 15 or so games gone the way that we have all wanted? No. But I promise that the losses don’t impact any of the fans as much as they do the people who spend all year working to win as many games as possible.
As a former player in both college and the NFL, Doering knows that. So advice coming from him is probably something that people will want to listen to.