First Time Coach - Jimbo Fisher
On Saturday night, after his offense was shut out in the second half and his team had blown a 16-point halftime lead, Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher openly questioned some of his decisions and play-calls in the Seminoles 17-16 loss to unranked N.C. State.
During his Monday press conference however, Fisher’s mood and words were noticeably different. After watching the film he said the play-calling wasn’t the problem against the Wolfpack. It was the execution by his players. “I don’t regret any of the calls,” Fisher said. “I mean I regret we didn’t execute some things we did. And we’ve got to play better.”
The Seminoles amassed 221 yards of offense and 16 points in the first half against N.C. State, which had allowed a conference-record 566 yards passing and 41 points to Miami the week before. In the second half though, FSU managed just six first downs. And zero points. And Fisher said afterwards that maybe he got too conservative in his play-calling. On Monday he said that wasn’t the case. “Anytime you’re a leader you always question,” Fisher said. “You have to look at yourself first. And you say, ‘Did I make the right call?’ And you always say, ‘Well, maybe I didn’t.’ That’s why I say a lot of times I have to wait to see the video.
After seeing the video they were in what we thought they were in. They were doing exactly what we thought they were doing. It’s not blame. We just didn’t execute. “And it’s not the same guy. A guy can grade 88 percent in a game and have two bad plays and they happen to be at the wrong time. You take two here, you take one and you take one and that’s what it was an accumulation of as you looked at the second half. In the first half we didn’t have it that way. That’s why we controlled the ball and controlled field position.” From the Tallahassee Democrat.