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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: Jul 5, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2009 3:21 pm
 

Five things Jimbo Fisher has to do right now

The coach who replaces the legend usually has to struggle with a young team, and 3-4 years of recruiting to build the team in his own image.  FSU has had a couple of really good recruiting years with Coach Fisher gradually taking the reigns. 
That was my point.  That Fisher wont be getting a grace period to "rebuild".  They had good recruiting until this year, and Fsu fans expected this years team to compete for the ACC.  The offense did put up some good numbers this year, but they also had costly penalties and turnovers.  We will see next year if Fisher is cabable of running a major college program and competing in the average ACC.



Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2009 2:42 pm
 

Five things Jimbo Fisher has to do right now

If Coach Bowden's extended stay and struggles of the program has a bright side it is this.  The coach who replaces the legend usually has to struggle with a young team, and 3-4 years of recruiting to build the team in his own image.  FSU has had a couple of really good recruiting years with Coach Fisher gradually taking the reigns.  Perhaps the tarnishing of the legend that is Coach Bowden will have the "falling on the sword" effect and speed the recovery of the program.

If you notice, Coach Fisher has remained loyal and silent through out this whole ordeal.  He has respectfully waited his turn (albeit with a very very nice paycheck).  I don't think that there is any personal issues with Coach Bowden and his hand picked successor.  We all new it would one day be Tommy Bowden, Terry Bowden, Mark Richt or Jimbo Fisher.  That is not to say that the university and the Bowden's don't need to mend fences.  Perhaps one of Coach Fisher's roles would be to serve as the conduit for that repair.

As a recruiter, Coach Fisher has proven himself at every stop (Auburn, Cincinnatti, LSU, FSU).  He will do the job.

The biggest question is who will be the Defensive Coordinator.  Perhaps Rodney Garner???  Another terrific recruiter who was at Auburn with Fisher and Terry Bowden.  Just a thought



Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2009 2:30 pm
 

Five things Jimbo Fisher has to do right now

FSU needs to fire Jimbo Fisher.  He ran Bowden out of town and if it were not for Bowden we would not need a coach as we may not have a program.  Bowden os FSU football and he was the figurehead and recruiter for the last couple of years and Fisher was in charge and his team really went 6-6.

Time for Fisher to go.......



Since: Dec 8, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2009 2:29 pm
 

Five things Jimbo Fisher has to do right now

FIRST thing Jimbo Fisher needs to do is see how big of a check the boosters are willing to write for a man by the name of Kirby Smart.  If you think that is hogwash let me give you a couple of reasons why it could happen; Smart was a grad assistant at FSU in 2002 and 2003 and 'loved it', he worked with Jimbo at LSU in 2004, his family lives in Bainbridge (3o minutes north of Tallahassee), and probably the most important one no one likes working under Saban. 



Since: Jul 26, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2009 1:55 pm
 

Five things Jimbo Fisher has to do right now

I think Jimbo Fisher is in for a rude awakening.  I dont think he will get a 2 year pass to turn things around.  As stated, he has been head coach in waiting for 3 years now and the program took another step backwards this year. He has been the head coach in waiting for 3 years but not the head coach. Jimbo has exceeded my expectation of what he was brought here to do. He is the OC/Quarterback coach and Florida State's offense has improved dramatically since he showed upand look what he has done with Christian Ponder. He has had no control over the defensive side of the ball and that is what killed FSU this year.

Hopefully he can hire a good DC and get that area corrected. He is a high energy type of guy and now we will see what kind of head coach he can be. He has my full support.



Since: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2009 1:49 pm
 

Five things Jimbo Fisher has to do right now

Bobby Bowden has been merely a figurehead for the past five seasons. Jimbo Fisher has, for all intents and purposes, been the head coach for three seasons. Doesn't FSU realize the change was made three seasons ago, and you stand at 6-6? Good luck with the coaching "change."



Since: Jul 5, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2009 1:33 pm
 

Five things Jimbo Fisher has to do right now

I think Jimbo Fisher is in for a rude awakening.  I dont think he will get a 2 year pass to turn things around.  As stated, he has been head coach in waiting for 3 years now and the program took another step backwards this year.  In todays  world getting good asst coaches is a must.  Its all about expectations, and Fsu fans expect to be contending for National titles and ACC titles almost every year.  Granted Fsu is 6-6 this year, but fans expectations were alot higher and will be when Fisher takes over too.  Time will tell if he has what it takes to run a program with high expectations.



Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2009 1:10 pm
 

Five things Jimbo Fisher has to do right now

The bigger difference between Jimbo Fisher and Ron Zook is that Zook took over a program that was on top.  Spurrier's teams had just won a national title and were at the top of the SEC.  Jimbo is taking over a team that was 6-6 and hasn't had a Top-10 team in a decade.

Jimbo's program has nowhere to go but up.  Zook's had nowhere to go but down and when it went down, he was fired.


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