According to beat writer Bob Ferrante, the Florida State Seminoles announced today that they have signed offensive line coach Rick Trickett to a two-year contract extension through 2016. The coach’s original deal was set to expire in January of 2014. The agreement reportedly will pay the coach $455,000 annually. Trickett is the father of current QB candidate, Clint Trickett.
Arriving on campus in Tallahassee in 2007 after serving as the offensive line coach for the West Virginia Mountaineers, Trickett’s efforts were felt immediately. After two seasons guiding the ‘Noles’ big men up front, FSU’s per game rushing yard average improved by more than 70 yards.
However, over the last few seasons, Trickett has drawn the ire of most of the FSU fanbase.
When Trickett arrived on campus, it was perceived that the ‘Noles were going to have an offensive line that would dominate all in the ACC. Well, that hasn’t exactly happened. During his tenure so far, the ‘Noles have won one conference championship, that being this past season. Not exactly the dominance that was expected.
Believe me when I tell you, that not a lot of the Seminole faithful are particularly satisfied with today’s move. Going through my FSU-heavy twitter timeline since the announcement, I’m starting to believe that the word “ugh” is a legitimate part of the English language.
There really is good reason for this, though.
I will use current highly- rated draft prospect and recent Florida State starting quarterback EJ Manuel as a prime example. Manuel is currently going through the NFL workout process and impressing every team executive he comes in contact with. To casual fans who only know of him as the Florida State QB, this probably isn’t surprising. But to myself and the other die-hards, we were actually pleasantly surprised. Maybe because we were used to seeing E.J. on his back, alot!
Before Manuel would get sacked or tackled outside of the pocket, the athletic young man would do his best to try and spin out of trouble, which actually became a recurring joke among the FSU fans to help us cope with the fact that our QB was eating grass again. But realistically, a lot of the time, it wasn’t Manuel’s fault that he had to close his eyes, spin, and then pray a second after the ball was snapped to him.
What I fear is the same thing happening to top-rated prospect and current redshirt freshman Jameis Winston. Currently in competition with Trickett’s son and Jacob Coker for the starting QB job this fall, eventually it’s expected that he will be the man for the garnet and gold. Considered to have even more physically astounding attributes than Manuel did, the expectations are through the roof.
If Trickett can’t build an offensive line to protect the kid and let him do his work, that may be the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back. No matter how much athletic ability you’re blessed with, no protection always equals no results. And no results, especially when it comes to Florida State fans, is never a pretty sight.