We here at Hail Florida Hail do not consider ourselves savants when it comes to certain matters pertaining to Florida football. We make observations from the benefit of our couch, normally with a cold beverage in hand, and come to our laptops to type out the things that are in our heads.
But we know we are not alone in stating that Billy Napier employing an actual Couch to handle special team duties is long past the point of defensible.
Florida Football: The Big Comfy Couch
If you are at all like me, then your TikTok got inundated on Friday with the following jam by Rolling Tunes:
"In Heaven there is no beerThat’s why we drink it hereAnd when we are gone from hereOur friends will be drinking our beer"
These words couldn’t have rang more true on Saturday afternoon as the Florida Gators once again took a penalty on special teams that allowed the opposition to retain possession.
In this edition of “The game is changing, by for whom?” the Florida Gators were on thin ice and desperately needed something positive to happen in the first quarter. Florida’s defense got a stop, and Kentucky punted the ball away from their own ten-yard line. With solid field position, perhaps the Gators could get the boost they needed to kickstart their day.
Except Dijon Johnson got called for a personal foul for leaping over what is considered a defenseless player on a punt, and Kentucky got a first down as a result.
On the next play, Ray Davis ran 75 yards for a touchdown.
One, two, three, drink.
One, two, three, drink.
It’s not working
Special teams were not the sole reason why Florida football got run out of town by Kentucky, but they are emblematic of the cracks that we would like to think Billy Napier is trying to avoid in his foundation.
As has been well chronicled, Florida doesn’t have a special teams coach among its 10 on-field assistants. That task is delegated to Chris Couch, an off-field analyst who is listed on Florida’s website as the “GameChangers Coordinator.”
The two of us who run this website don’t live in Gainesville. We live in Tampa and South Carolina, so we don’t have the power on Monday at Billy Napier’s press conference to ask the following question:
"“Are the continued mistakes on special teams a by-product of something Chris Couch should be doing better, or is it a by-product of the fact he is limited in what he is able to do because he is an analyst?”"
Because in a vacuum, you could chalk up the personal foul to a true freshman mistake.
In reality, it joins a laundry list of indefensible errors that continue to paint a giant question mark over the overarching narrative that Napier is trying to sell Gator Nation.