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Fisher: FSU Showed ‘Energy and Passion’ Against BC

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Florida State (2-5) head coach Jimbo Fisher spoke to the media Monday for the first time since his team’s 35-3 thrashing at the hands of Boston College (5-4), and he didn’t mince words when describing his team’s play on Friday night.

“We didn’t play well at all. It was a game in which we were beaten in in all three phases, offense, defense, special teams, coaching, everything,” Fisher said. “Coaches and players, we’ve got to do a much better job. And we collectively as an organization didn’t fulfill what we needed to do in that game for sure.

“Our fans deserve better than that. They deserve us to play better than that, deserve us to compete better than that.”

The Seminoles rarely looked interested on Friday, quickly falling behind to the Eagles, who defeated FSU for the first time since 2009. Fisher and his players came under fire from various media outlets – outlets as high-profile as ESPN’s College Gameday – for the lack of interest displayed.

Fisher, however, said that his team did, in fact, show passion.

“I think there was energy and passion,” Fisher said. “I think there was want-to. Because you go back to the goal-line stand. We had three plays on the 1-yard line, they play their tails off on defense. They give effort. And offense you still move the ball, whether we did in the second half it wasn’t lack of effort; it was lack of the execution.”

It’s worth noting that Boston College scored a touchdown on the goal line stand Fisher referenced.

Florida State faces a tough remaining schedule in 2017, and the Seminoles must win out in order to become bowl-eligible. FSU must grab road victories at Clemson and Florida, as well as a tough home match-up against Syracuse this week.

Many of the issues that have plagued the Seminoles in 2017 have been attributed to Fisher’s coaching staff and the head coach’s reluctance to make changes following an underachieving 2016 season.

Fisher downplayed the possibility of in-season coaching changes.

“You can’t drastically change things,” Fisher said. “To say, all right, we’re going to run a new offense or run the wishbone, or run 3-3 stack defense, those things, because it’s still the knowledge of what the players know and how you do it. Just got to get them to do it better and find the right time, right places to get them into that.”

ESPN’s David Pollack called out Fisher on Saturday morning’s College Gameday episode for not adjusting his offense to better suit James Blackman, a true freshman quarterback. Fisher said a young quarterback – and receivers – would have a hard time with any offense.

“Any offense [would be difficult], not just our offense,” Fisher said. “I mean, any offense. Because it’s not just their ability, it’s what they know in the game, the experiences that they go through.

“You got to do the things you can do to find yourself to be successful. And that’s the hand we’re dealt. And that’s the one we’ve got to go coach.”

Game Info
Florida State vs. Syracuse
Time: 12:20 p.m. EST
TV/Radio: ACC Network/XM Radio 81

Josh Mixon covers Florida State athletics for The Daily Nole. You can find him on Twitter @JoshDMixon.

One Comment

  1. finance85

    October 31, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    Some of the players showed passion. Josh Sweat. James. Thomas. Murray.

    That said, a lot of guys looked like they were playing for themselves and not the team. McFadden was notable. He should have batted the 4th down pass down instead of trying to intercept it, knowing he had no chance for a return. He was trying to add a stat to his resume’ at the expense of the team.

    Both sides of the ball were getting pushed around in the trenches. That’s mostly effort at this level. No excuse.

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