September 17, 2007
Jimbo Fisher talks about the Seminole offense
After having time to review the film of Florida State's 16-6 win over Colorado, Jimbo Fisher was a little more subdued than he was after the game. In this Q&A session with the media on Monday, the 'Noles' offensive coordinator breaks down what happened Saturday night, what went wrong and right, the possibility of personnel changes, which young players should see more playing time and more.
Q: Is that where it is at, not as bad as it seems?
Fisher: It always lies in-between. Even when you play well you are one fraction of a tenth or an inch from being good and when you are bad sometimes you are one step, one cut, one hat placement, from being good. As crazy as it sounds it is not just one guy which goes back to it and it is such technical, little things. It almost makes you sick because it is close and with just a little more effort here, a little more technique, a little more belief in doing it, it could be some really good things. You are in the red-zone and just don't produce on some plays that (with) one look-back by a guy that would have made a key block and one set by a guy or one set by Drew (Weatherford) on a step by the quarterback. It is little things and that is the way football is. That is the inch that you have got to fight for. We have to continue to fight. We are not fighting consistently enough and doing it with enough poise and composure to do it right now.
Q: Are you seeing things that were a problem in the first or second game that are being corrected now?
Fisher: Yes, believe it or not we are but there are certain things that we just have to get fixed and there are certain guys that just have to quit doing the same dadgum same knucklehead things. We have to find a way to move on and move past. That goes for a lot of guys. It is not a threat, I am not threatening, that is just how we have to talk to them. If you keep making the same mistake okay once, twice, three times now - something has to be done. It is a little bit of everybody. It really is. I think we have to play well and if we can just go out and relax and get some confidence, and confidence comes from playing well, we have to go out and do it right, think about the process, and get some confidence and I think we will believe in it. As crazy as it sounds, I think we are close. I am not sugarcoating it but that is the way it always is. That is the way it always is. Even when you are good you are that close to being bad the other way. We don't talk about the four plays that were good in the game where there might have been a missed assignment on that somebody overcame with a great effort, or a guy double blocks two people at the same time, or a back makes somebody miss. It is that way both ways.
Q: Do you find yourself trying to coach these kids more to learn to win than just coaching them on the field? It almost seems like that intangible is still missing there.
Fisher: It is and keeping the poise. But you know something as a coach you have to teach, coach attitude and coach effort but also you have to be technical. What I am trying to do now also with that is that if you make a mistake what were you trying to do and this is what you are supposed to do and this is what you did and this is how you are supposed to do it. It goes back to the fundamentals of a, b, c's and the first reader. It goes back. A vowel is a vowel from the first grade to the twelfth grade. We have to be technical with how we are doing and it and demand it and it starts with us. As I said the other day, if we are not coaching it then we are letting it happen. We have to coach it the way we want it, make them do it the way we want it, and not let it happen and not accept them not doing it technically perfect. If you get it technically perfect then the confidence will come. It is a double-edged sword how we are trying to do it, it really is.
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