Jimbo Fisher: We're way ahead of last year
Posted by: Pete Roussel on August 18, 2012
We're two weeks out from the first Saturday of college football.
Coaches are beginning to speak in more detail when evaluating their teams. Jimbo Fisher doesn't sugar-coat his thoughts; he never has been that way.
Judging by his comments following practice on Saturday morning, Florida State seemed aligned to have their best team since Jimbo took over for Bobby Bowden three years ago.
Fisher said, "I'm not unhappy. As a coach, you see all the problems. Sometimes you're never happy, but I am very pleased. I see which direction we want to go. Sometimes early in camp, you wonder are why really going to be able to do that or can we go here. I see things a lot more clearly; I really do about where I think we need to do and what we can do and who we need to get the ball to and those types of things, probably more so in a while. Defensively, I like some of adjustments we're able to do; special teams, too."
Fisher believes the team is further along at this point than last year's team.
"I think we're more physical. We have a better grasp of how we want things done," said Fisher. "I think the older guys are getting across to the younger guys because it's a third year in a system for them. They see those guys make the same mistake and they grab 'em. It allows us to keep coaching and not have to worry about effort issues. The older guys are doing a good job of policing and leading from that standpoint."
"And assignment wise, I think we're further along than we were (in the past). We've got more guys back. And I'm very pleased with the offensive line as far as assignments because you worry about some young guys there, but was pleased with a lot of protection issues and blitz pick-ups."
Florida State opens the season against Murray State.
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