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Sure I am, but Jimbo knows how to pick a staff better than I do, so I give him the benefit of the doubt on these things.
The guy was the DB coach under Saban. Which means he was really there for recruiting purposes more than coaching. I don't see what makes him qualified to be FSU's DC coach?
As others have said, Jimbo is rolling the dice with this one. But something tells me, as aivlys said above, that Jimbo knows what he's doing. I trust him, and I also trust that this could make/break Jimbo's career at FSU.
Jimbo wouldn't just go get anyone to run the defense. He knows whats he doing and he knows his rep is on the line. Jimbo is a good coach, we haven't seen 11 wins almost forever. I think were on the right track. Know I think we need an OC and as I said before, Clemson's offense with our defense = NC. I would like to see Jimbo hire him.
He may not. But Jimbo obviously thinks that he is, or he wouldn't have basically staked his coaching career at FSU on him.
Would I have preferred Ellis Johnson? Sure. Manny Diaz, probably.
But Jimbo wants us to be SEC quality, so maybe he wants to fill out his staff with SEC coaches?
Well if he can stop NC State, I guess I'm ok with him.
Same thing I have said before about this issue.
You either have the ability to fully understand movement and coverages quickly or you don't. You understand and move your pieces around easily to stop and disrupt the defense, or you don't.
Experience teaches you the system, not its effective application.
Jimbo is not dumb. If he likes the hire, I'm all for it.
Saban was in town this week. You can be sure they sat down and discussed this. A lot.
The stakes of this hire are massive. If Jimbo makes a bad hire at DC, his exit will be quickly accelerated.
So while I am concerned about his lack of experience, let's not forget you've had both Saban and Jimbo, both noted eyes for coaching talent, effectively stake Jimbo's career at FSU on this guy.
The thing with Jimbo is, for all the legitimate concerns about him, NOBODY can question: (1) his ability to recruit, and (2)his ability to put together a staff. Once he pulled in guys like Stoops, Gran, Coley, and Craig the first time around, he earned the benefit of the doubt now that he has to build another staff.
I also think that hiring a first time coordinator isn't quite like hiring a first time HC. Again, would I prefer that Pruitt have been a DC at some other school? Of course, but I'm not freaking out about i either.
I am concerned. Anyone not concerned is just......putting blind faith ahead. Not that i don't like the hire, but i think it was a pretty big gamble. Now if we surround him with guys who have been longtime coaches, or former coordinators themselves, then my fears will die down a bit. But everyone at bama believes he was the next DC when Kirby left, so if he is in line to be the DC at bama, then it is fine that he is the DC at FSU in my book.
Just for the sake of discussion, what would experience have given him that he hasn't gotten by coaching DBs and help put together game plans.
He either has it or he doesn't.
100%. If the dude knows ball, the dude knows ball.
Saban and Jimbo talked plenty about it, and Jimbo interviewed the guy.
My only concern would be if Jimbo wanted to hire a DC that he could control all the while doing what HE wanted on defense. Just like having Coley as our OC, it's just a figure head position.
I have a lot bigger worries than this new DC in terms of FSU's future fwiw
It is a very fair question. For me I am eager to see what the rest of the D staff looks like.... If we can add the names that are being thrown around, it becomes less of concern for two main reasons...first they have worked together before which is good for continuity...and second, there is a heck of a lot of experience as an overall staff yet maintaining some youthful energy and very good recruiting skills.
This post was edited by atgreek 19 months ago
Want to share them Sage one?
1- Will Jimbo learn how to run an offense and feed his best players the ball
2- Is Jimbo gonna actually consider Clint for his starter at QB, if so... Im outta here
3- Will FSU ever sign an elite OL that isn't a Nole lock ( Denson would have picked FSU no matter what )
4- Will Lamarcus Joyner still be very average next year, will he vanish from sight against the Gators again
5- How on earth does this bunch win in G-Ville next year with a new QB
6- Will FSU stay in the fuggin ACC
7- Will the attendance next year be a huge joke that rivals will constantly troll on TBB
8- Will injuries decimate this OL next year and force FSU to start kids from the bench
9- Will Kelvin Benjamin jump for jump balls or just stand there and throw one hand in the air as usual
10- What former recruiting stud will get kicked off the team this offseason ( seems to be at least one every year )
11- Will FSU still wear those god awful pinkish camo under garmets that make the players look like total douche buckets
That is a few off the top of my head
For the record, I do trust Jimbo, but I am concerned about experience, despite Greeks golden hammer of logic that keeps saying either he has it or he doesn't. I do not believe football is some crazy outlier in which this is true, because it's damn sure an outlier in nearly every other profession including medicine, education, sales, and nearly everything else.
It's the reason that physicians go to school for 8 years before practicing, and it's the reason bigtime sales jobs want YEARS of experience before they put you in charge of other personnel. It goes WAY beyond "either you have it or you dont". There aren't many 30 year old school principals running around. Anyone who has been in a high performance profession with significant responsibility knows this to be true.
Same with football.
1) Variety - experience allows an individual to expand their knowledge base by being exposed to new and different ideas, strategies, people, and situations. The majority of Pruitts experience is with one system, against a rather vanilla set of offenses in the SEC.
2) Adversity - Experience teaches people how to respond to adversity. How much adversity has this guy seen in his career at Bama? Best product to sell. Best players to work with. Best coach in football to help.
How will he respond when he can't wear that "UA" on his hat anymore and have recruits knocking down his door?
How will he respond when Saban and Smart are not there to help him scheme, or give him in game advice?
How will he respond when he faces a rash of injuries and has to adapt?
How will he respond when fans call for his head after a couple of bad performances (fans rarely call for the head of a position coach...especially one coached by Saban himself)?
That took me literally 20 seconds to map out, so I'm sure there are other questions, but I just cannot buy that "either he knows it or he doesn't" theory.
Furthermore, many of us have pointed out that Jimbo Fisher is a first time HC, and we will have to deal with his growing pains because he's our guy. We should be prepared to say the same thing about Pruitt. We should be prepared for the mistakes. They are GONNA happen. Just gotta stand behind him.
You didn't just compare medicine to coaching a defense.
No, you didn't.
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