Apparently, the NCAA eliminated the rule that required all offenses to line up in a balanced I-formation. Apparently, it's a good idea to show your blitz way before the snap. Apparently you should play outside technique on 3rd and 6 while bringing an all-out blitz into a 7 (or 8!) man protection. Apparently we can't expect our award winning defensive coordinator to craft an excellent defense out of 5 seniors and 6 juniors, 5 of which will unquestionably play in the NFL. Apparently it is too much to ask to of our defense to hold one of the worst offenses in an offensively challenged conference to even an average performance. At home. In your homecoming game. Apparently.
Don't think we are predictable and stale on defense? "He [Crane] kind of knew where he was going before each play." _Tony Carter
There should be little doubt that the suspensions impacted this team. Reenacting West Side Story in the student union is stupid, thuggish behavior and it needs to be left at home. It was a distraction to the fans all week. It was certainly a distraction to the players-- specifically the players who were in the melee but not suspended.
The suspensions, however, are not where this game was lost. FSU's offensive line played like an offensive line made up of 3 freshman and 2 sophomores is expected to play-- for the first time in a while. We're surprised because we've been spoiled with shockingly decent offensive line play for much of the year. They got dominated tonight (even Rodney Hudson). "This was the first time all year we got whipped up front."_ Bowden.
We needed Mickey to take his group of guys, a group loaded with talent, and have them play good football. Instead, they laid an egg. Dominated in the middle of the defensive line and unable to defend a simple zone read. Over, and over, and over again.
The 3 picks? They hurt as well. The pick-6 was a killer, but the other two? I don't expect to convert 3rd and 23 and the ball ended up at the 19. Jimbo didn't either: "It was 3rd and 25. We tried to hit something down the middle and if we didn't it was like a punt, ya know?"_Jimbo The other? "Well, that guy's gotta make a play. Christian needs to put the ball a little more outside, but heck we had a guy right in his face with an 8 man protection! Even if Greg catches that, it's coming back cause the holding call even with the 8 man protection. [Ed Note: That means blocking with 8 men, a huge number of blockers. You shouldn't have blocking issues when you block with 8 guys.]" _Jimbo. Greg Carr is disgustingly inconsistent. That is an automatic read and throw and Carr must realize that he must knock it down if he can't catch the ball. Ponder didn't play well, but he shouldn't have been asked to answer score after score in a game of these circumstances. I do think we were limited in what we could run.
This team is reeling. The administration must do whatever it can to keep Fisher. If that means firing Mickey Andrews, Jody Allen, and Chuck Amato, then it needs to be done. If that means getting rid of our head coach who looked pathetic on national television proclaiming "everyone has problems", then do it. This is a fractured leadership dynamic and it is killing Florida State. Jimbo should leave if he is not given the reigns for 2009-- nothing less. Seminole Nation must do whatever it takes to end this joke. When is enough, enough? Leadership starts at the top. Fans should not support a product that is less than whole. We might as well print tickets to the 2009 Bowden and Co. Clown Show if the administration and the boosters don't finally pull the plug. We can no longer afford to take a 0 at the head coaching spot. We cannot afford to start over. If Jimbo is our guy (and right now, we won't do better), show it. Axe Bobby. Axe Mickey. Axe Jodey. Axe Chuck. We're not getting back to the elite dragging Bobby and Mickey around. We cannot afford to start over.
Update: I just thought about how bad our defense will be next year when 7 starters leave and the same coaching group is here. At least we know that they'll only have 1 more year to embarass Seminole Nation. ;)
I'll post the best of the user's react tomorrow.