Jimbo Fisher: 'You can only coach guys that want to be coached'

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Sunday March 20, 2016


Jimbo Fisher blasted his Florida State team after their first spring practice on Wednesday. In his first media comments since then, Fisher said things haven gotten better, but he’s staying on them. He wants to see how many guys want to be coached and have the right habits.

“They’re getting there,” Fisher said Saturday. “I’m going to call it out day by day. It ain’t coachtalk. It ain’t ploys. The way it is is the way it is. You’ve got to do it every day. The first day was bad, the second day was much better, today was OK.”

Before spring got underway, FSU wrapped up winter conditioning with their “Fourth Quarter Drills.” The Seminoles were outscored 36-14 in the fourth quarter of their three losses last year. They led Georgia Tech after three and were tied with Clemson, but were outscored 19-0 in those two fourth quarters.

How does the team work on that? Fisher says it’s no different than the rest of the game.

“Practice. You’ve got to get in the position to be ahead, first. Before you play the fourth quarter, you have to play the first three quarters good,” he said. “It’s all practice, attitude and habit. It all becomes your habits, what you do daily. We can all say what we’re gonna do, but what people really are in any walk of life, is what you do daily. What you do every day, your habits are who you really are.”

FSU has a load of returning starters in 2016, but as part of Fisher’s no-nonsense start to spring, returning starters are far from guaranteed any playing time. It comes back to their habits.

You can say it’s coaching, but at the end of the day, a player’s gotta make up his mind that he wants to do it. You can only coach guys that want to be coached,” Fisher said. “I’m not saying they don’t want to be coached, but when you have guys making continual mistakes, which some do and some don’t, there’s got to be some want-to in there. There’s gotta be a get-it-done attitude.

“You’ve got to have an urgency to do it, and the only want to do that is competition. Just because you’re coming back doesn’t mean you’re gonna play.”

FSU’s spring game is scheduled for April 9 in Orlando.

Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with CoachingSearch.com and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News, MLive.com, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to chris@coachingsearch.com.