After his team’s 17-16 loss on Saturday night to N.C. State and the subsequent firestorm of a press conference on Monday, Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher likely knew Wednesday night’s call-in show would generate a slew of pointed questions from FSU fans.
What wasn’t known was how Fisher would respond. Especially after he said multiple times on Monday he didn’t regret a single call from that stunning loss in Raleigh, N.C.
But Wednesday night the FSU head coach put the blame squarely on his shoulders. Much like he did Saturday night in his post-game press conference.
“If they don’t execute, you have to coach them better,” Fisher told a caller. “As a head coach, you always take the blame for everything. That’s your job. To have the kids ready to play... and we have to understand how to finish, how to keep that fire and edge the whole game.”
There were a number of criticisms by fans after the loss. Most complained that he was too conservative with a lead, that he played “not to lose.”
Specifically, they cited his decision to run three times and punt when the Seminoles took over the ball with 2:47 left in the game and with N.C. State having all three timeouts.
“Jay from Tampa” asked Fisher directly about that decision and whether he would think of altering his philosophy in the future.
“I don’t think there’s any doubt,” Fisher said. “There is a fine line when you come to that. You have to make a choice. It’s a decision I have to live with. In hindsight, maybe we could have thrown the ball. I think you do have to play to win the game.
“We have to make sure. We have to re-evaluate. And I do constantly question that every time.”
A drumbeat that also began to beat louder and louder after the game was whether Fisher would ever give up play-calling duties to someone else. Either to current offensive coordinator James Coley or an outside hire.
Fisher said during Monday’s press conference that he liked the way the offensive staff was currently structured and didn’t foresee giving up play-calling duties.