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What could we expect our defense to look like if he becomes DC? Aggressive style? Lots of blitzing? Does he run a 3-4 or 4-3? Not really familiar so anything would help... TIA
I believe a 4-3, he has run some really good defenses at USCe before he took the HC job at USM
He runs a 4-2-5 and will end being paid around 1.2 a year by someone. He's elite and we likely can't hang in that bidding war with our ACC money.
he's also 137 years old
Really hope FSU finds the money and goes after Ellis Johnson. I enjoyed watching his defenses at SCar.
If it were to be him, Carlos Williams' talents would seem to be a match made in heaven for his defense. Brooks to an extent as well.
But teams running 5 million dollar ath dept. deficits with multi-million dollar buyouts they have to pay for can pay 1.2 for a coordinator? I bet we can get him for 750-800. We were paying 575k for stoops.
Clemson can get together 1 million for Morris with its ACC money.
I am not saying we should pay him that much. I am saying we can should we feel inclined to do so.
CU is paying 1.3 for Morris, highest paid non HC in the country I believe.
Clemson cut a bunch of sports and Dabo yabba dabba took a paycut.
In our case, our HC actually does something, and our AD ran I believe a 2 million profit last yr on a 83 mill budget, so I am sure we could find a few dollars for this guy, if thats who JF wanted.
Exactly. FSU isn't poor by any means.
He seems like a tenured DC who would bring good experience and thats about it. Don't really see the fuss about this guy and his Defenses at USCe were good but not stellar!
His D's rankings at USCe: (2008) 38, (2009) 45, (2010) 48, (2011) 46.
We marched down the field vs his D when needed in our bowl game against them towards the end of the game. Everyone keeps claiming Ellis would be such a good pick up but his career has been bouncing around from school to school where he has performed slightly better than average at most. Changing positions from LB coach to DC and HC.
He had a #18 and #20 ranked D at Clemson during the 2006 and 2007 seasons.
Will his mind and his passion be where it needs to be after such a disastrous season and firing at Southern Miss? When at a point in life and with age setting in intangibles become a consideration. Something to think about.
ellis just hit the jackpot and Southern Miss paid him $2.1 Million to go away. i think he might give us a look and try to bolt after a few years
I forgot about the pay cut
I spoke to our National Analyst JC Shurtburtt this morning about the potential hire of Ellis Johnson. JC has covered South Carolina and has ties in the area.
"He's a great X's and O's guy and a good person. It's an excellent fit IMHO".
I think Johnson would be a great addition to Fisher's staff.
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I would like a younger, fiery coach. Jimbo has no fire and we need someone who will flip out on a kid
Ellis Johnson's next job is likely his last job. He will be 61 years old later this month.
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I agree, for recruiting purposes we need someone who can relate to kids.
^^^ Xs and Os are great but can he motivate and develop? Motivating players is just as important as any other attribute.
Does he coach from the booth? If so we better have that passion in our assistants. I wouldn't mind an actual play caller in the booth for our O lol.
Apparently he relates very well to recruits. People say he is loved by all high school coaches in South Carolina. Not to mention I don't think its really that hard to recruit a kid to FSU.
I'll admit I don't know much about him, I wouldn't be distraught if we hired him. I just prefer an up and coming coach, someone who will create a lot of buzz around our program.
Won't a really good coach create a lot of buzz?
High School kids won't get excited over the hiring of a 61 year old man.
Sounds like his year at S Miss was an absolute disaster-fans began boycotting the program. There were PR issues.
Having said this, some are born to be Head Coaches-others to be Coordinators. Maybe he falls in the latter category.
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