I am beginning to look upon Bud as a sage. I did not think any of the TN crowd would begin to doubt Jimbo Fisher if things turned ugly Saturday in Norman. Wrong. I have seen several amazing comments here amounting to: given the results of the 2nd game in Jimbo's tenure, in which his team was thoroughly overmatched, he might not be the right guy. What? Bud told us a blow-out loss against OU was highly possible and he told us why. He also expressed concern that our unreal expectations might result in the sort of negativity we currently see posted here and there on TN. The negativity is wholly unjustified. Fisher is about PROCESS. His process is proven and sound. Very sound. We got waxed by a clearly superior team and it proves only one thing, OU was much better than FSU on Saturday, September 11, 2010.
Fisher has said repeatedly that in order to be successful, the team must become PROCESS oriented rather than OUTCOME oriented. Do we as fans accept that premise or not? If we do not accept it, all we have to do to be champions in our own eyes is never again play a team better than us. If we accept PROCESS orientation we accept that TIME and ERRORS (from which we learn) are necessary ingredients. We believe in infrastructure, preparation, precision, repetition and a toughness that ignores bumps in the road. There is no shame in being disappointed that we did not somehow beat OU, but to begin second-guessing Fisher when so much of what he has done to modify PROCESS at FSU is so clearly better, just because we lost a game (badly) to a clearly superior opponent, is unrealistic and, I believe, unhealthy. As Bud has said, this season is about rebuilding. Fortunately, some rather satisfying accomplishments (division championship? BCS birth?) may fall into our hands as the PROCESS continues. But whether we accomplish those or not, we can clearly see that the down-hill wreck that was FSU football has been reigned in and turned in the right direction--but that direction is up hill.