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Five things Jimbo Fisher has to do right now

Posted on: December 2, 2009 10:39 am
Edited on: December 2, 2009 10:41 am

1. Shake up Florida: Both the state and the program down the road in Gainesville. In other words, it’s always about the recruiting.

Fisher’s first and most important step is to try to take at least some portion of the state back from Florida. The Gators are getting the state’s best talent, followed by fast-rising Miami. If you want a reason why the program slipped in Bobby Bowden’s later years, all you have to do is look at the rise of the Gators.

FSU strangely mirrored Notre Dame this season. Same record (6-6). Same team -- heavy on offense, vulnerable on defense. Both programs had recruited well, if not great. That’s not good enough, at all.

2. Reach out to the Bowden family: The Bowdens, except Ann, have been strangely silent this week. I called Terry and Jeff yesterday at North Alabama and the secretary said she didn’t know where they were. Haven’t seen anything from Tommy either.

There is a feeling that the Bowdens are upset, and they have a right to be. It tooks like Bobby was unceremoniously run out. Jimbo has to make peace with the family if that’s the right term. He and Terry are extremely close. You don’t want bitter feelings lingering over a program in transition.

Bobby? Nicest guy in the world. He will never throw the FSU administration under the bus because he is the classiest person alive.

3. Clean out the lockerroom: That’s another way of saying there are going to be wholesale changes in the coaching staff. Jimbo has to get the best defensive coordinator available. Mickey Andrews has stepped down.

Linebackers coach Chuck Amato is probably gone too, but not by retirement. He had to dispel a rumor in October that he had been in a fight with Fisher.

4. Get in front of a microphone, quick: Monday and Tuesday were all about Bobby. Nole Nation wants to hear the long-term plan from the new coach. Should happen any minute.

5. Don’t be the guy to follow the guy: There’s an old adage that says never follow a coaching legend. Too late for Jimbo. The moment he became head coach, Fisher was in danger of becoming Bill Guthridge and Ron Zook, coaches who replaced legends – and basically failed.

He knows that. It’s a risk you take. The difference here is that there has been a lengthy transition. Fisher has been the de facto coach for a while. It was his team on game days. Now it’s his program.


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Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2009 6:49 pm

Five things Jimbo Fisher has to do right now

Run a rogue program...LOL LOL Wow (to paraphrase a moron). Things are going well at UF...eye gouging and hey let's raise our glasses and have a toast for Carlos Dunlap...good thing no one was on the roads when that "classy" player was dozing off. Haven't commented in a long time but the Amato quote and now this...definitely warranted a reply. Here's to the rednecks from "Bama putting a hurt on the "classy" program form Gainesville.

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2009 6:44 pm

Five things Jimbo Fisher has to do right now would be mad..why? What did Chuck Amato do at NC State? Nothing. So he recruited well...does that qualify him for a head coaching spot at one of the best football schools in the US? Ummm...I think not!

Since: May 24, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2009 6:16 pm

Five things Jimbo Fisher has to do right now

2. Zook laid the foundation for what we are today.     ???????   Zook?  He was only there 3 years.  He didny lay the foundation for shit!  He took over a team that won 10 games every year, won 8 games 3 consecutive years, was fired, and the program took right off again.  Zook is a fool and hes about to get run out of Illinois also.
4. A legend in Bobby Bowden was used as a scape goat which is pathetic by the university.   The program has been in decline for a decade.  Who else do you blame other than the head coach?  Good God,  Ray Charles could see his is a shell of the coach he used to be.

Since: May 24, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2009 6:10 pm

Five things Jimbo Fisher has to do right now

   Bobby Bowden the classiest person alive??????????  LOL LOL  Wow.  You run a rogue program for the better part of 30 years and claim to never know anything about the long line of transgressions and make light of things like your players intentionally injuring other players AFTER the play is over and stay around way too long in pursuit of an individual record and  THAT  earns you the title "classiest man alive"???   LOL  As usual, Dodd is a moron.

Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2009 5:21 pm

Five things Jimbo Fisher has to do right now

LOL . I wish I could have made it even bigger then that. Don't know which team you are a fan of but take it from a Gator at heart. Ron Zook took over a team in decline. Anything these days, not just football, is what have you done for me lately. Spurrier abandoned us. Spurrier lost his last three games. Spurrier's pride would not let him be around a team that was not any good . He knew the program was on decline just like we did. Poor recruiting is to blame. Looks great on paper and a brown stain on the field.... ask Notre Dame . Zook took over in like 2000 or something and Spurrier's National Championship was in 1996. He was given a bad team and built them up . Meyer took over in and won the championship with Zook's players not his own. Meyer made his coaching legit with his players by beating Ocklahoma last year and might get two. Zook was never given a chance . This FSU team has belonged to Jimbo even though Bowden was the "head coach" at the time. Here's your facts just so your straight next time you want to speak on the matter:

1. Spurrier's a sell out punk.

2. Zook laid the foundation for what we are today.

3. Jimbo has three years, max, before he gets results or gets fired... prolly the latter

4. A legend in Bobby Bowden was used as a scape goat which is pathetic by the university.

Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2009 5:06 pm

Five things Jimbo Fisher has to do right now

Get defensive coordinator Norm Parker from Iowa.  I'd be mad if I was Chuck Amato too...he should have been hired back from NC State around the end of the Phillip Rivers era (2003?) as Bowden's replacement.  That man recruited South Florida like no other.

Since: Jul 26, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2009 4:53 pm

Five things Jimbo Fisher has to do right now

We will see next year if Fisher is cabable of running a major college program and competing in the average ACC.Here is the problem to your logic about an average ACC. You still have to be good enough to beat top 25 teams like Georgia Tech, Miami, Virginia Tech, and Clemson: add North Carolina and Boston College. Then when you play a  OCC schedule like FSU does (unlike SEC teams) you have to face next year Florida, Oklahoma and BYU. It was probably easier for him when he was in the SEC only having to deal with Bama, Florida and maybe an other tuff team and schedule 4 cupcakes out of conference.

Since: May 25, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2009 4:27 pm

Five things Jimbo Fisher has to do right now

I was with you right up until the reference to Bill Guthridge. How can you say he failed with two Final Four appearances during his three-year tenure. If that's failure, then who in your book is a success?

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2009 4:09 pm

Revisionist history again, Dodd

Bill Guthridge didn't fail. He didn't come close. Guthridge got North Carolina to two Final Fours in three years. If that's failure, we should all want to fail.

Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2009 3:39 pm

Five things Jimbo Fisher has to do right now

"Doesn't FSU realize the change was made three seasons ago, and you stand at 6-6? Good luck with the coaching "change."

Come on man. think about that for a minute. Jimbo has been in control of the offense which he has turned around drastically since he has been at FSU. He had no control over the defence which is a big reason FSU has had sub par records. When Jeff was bought out, FSU's offensive ranking was around 75 in the country if not worse. Jimbo has put FSU's offense back in the top 25 and at one point, top 10 this year. All in just a couple of years. Let him hire the DC he wants and that 6-6 will become 9-3 and the Noles will begin to rise again. Are there questions? Sure. No one knows what will happen or if Jimbo will succeed. But he has done a hell of a job with our offense and up until this point, thats all he has been ALLOWED to contribute to.

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