Florida State: Jimbo Fisher's Play-Calling No Longer Criticized

By B.L. Lippert
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While not many Florida State fans have complained about the product head coach Jimbo Fisher has put on the field during his tenure, there has been a large segment of fans who want him to give up the play-calling duties to an assistant. In fact, new Miami offensive coordinator James Coley was supposed to assume those duties, but became impatient and jumped at the chance to call plays for the rival Hurricanes.

Fisher came to FSU after a successful stint as the offensive coordinator at LSU, where he was known for running multiple sets, running trick plays and being aggressive in his play-calling. However, as the offensive coordinator for the Noles, the biggest complaint has been his conservative play calls with the Noles clinging to leads. After last season’s loss to North Carolina State, Fisher was ripped by a fan base that thought he took his foot off the gas too soon and played not to lose.

Even though Florida State was in the top-10 in points scored in 2012, many fans thought Fisher was holding them back.

Well, that certainly doesn’t appear to be the case in 2013. With freshman sensation Jameis Winston leading the Seminoles offense, Fisher and the Seminoles rank third in the country, averaging over 53 points a game. Last Saturday’s performance at Clemson proved that Fisher can still get it done calling plays.

The 51 points the Seminoles scored was a record for any road team traveling to Death Valley. All night long, Fisher had the Seminoles in manageable down and distances, and the results showed. He was aggressive, but stuck to the plan to run the ball as well. Perhaps the best call of the night was a tunnel screen to Rashad Greene that was set up so well that it was almost embarrassing for the talented Clemson defense.

It’s amazing what one year can do for a reputation. No Seminoles fans are clamoring for Fisher to hand over the play-calling duties anymore.

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