Doug Nussmeier will reportedly be Florida’s new offensive coordinator
He has Alabama ties, like new head coach Jim McElwain.
Former Michigan and Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier will be the new offensive coordinator at Florida, according to SI’s Thayer Evans. He becomes a critical offensive piece of new coach Jim McElwain’s staff as the Gators try to move out of the dismal Will Muschamp era of offense.
Nussmeier was the offensive coordinator at Alabama after McElwain left to take the head coaching job at Colorado State. Before that, he was the offensive coordinator at Fresno State and Washington. He had success while at Alabama, but he’s coming off a rough year at Michigan in which the Wolverines’ offense could never get going behind quarterback Devin Gardner. In his one year in Ann Arbor, Nussmeier’s offense ranked 72nd nationally in the F/+ ratings, and he was not retained after the Wolverines fired head coach Brady Hoke.
Nussmeier’s offenses were significantly better at Alabama, but coach Nick Saban told AL.com that he thought previous coordinators (including Nussmeier) were too conservative and “begged” them to open it up more.
“I’ve always asked for this. Why don’t we throw the ball on this look instead of running this play where we can’t block everybody? Which is what we do now.”