GAINESVILLE -- Urban Meyer's pro-football experiment continued on Friday when Florida's coach hired another NFL assistant to be the Gators' new defensive coordinator.
Teryle Austin of the Arizona Cardinals is the Gators' new defensive coordinator. He replaces George Edwards, the former Miami Dolphins assistant, who was on the Gators' payroll for less than 30 days before leaving for the Buffalo Bills. Austin has a nice resume. He coached in college for 12 seasons before coaching in the pros for seven. That diversity of experiences is important to Meyer, apparently. Meyer is smart. He knows Nick Saban (pro and college experience) has turned Alabama's defense into a force and Florida's coach wants the same thing for the Gators.
Meyer has hired five assistants since the Southeastern Conference championship game. The instability hasn't affected the team yet but too much turnover is bad for any organization. At what point does the revolving door of assistant coaches at UF affect the Gators negatively? Florida's offense experienced growing pains last season after Dan Mullen left for Mississippi State. Spring football will be vastly more important defensively for the Gators this March compared to one year ago. Austin doesn't have much of a grace period.