Jimbo skills in evaluation and development will be tested in a number of ways. Even on the offensive side the world has changed. He can no longer dedicate his week to developing QBs and an offensive game plan. There is only so much time in the day and his work schedule wasn't light prior to becoming the HC. The question becomes can Jimbo develop an OC who can mirror his success. Can he take a coach that has potential and get him to fulfill his potential. Jimbo has hired three relatively young coaches on the offensive side of the ball, I don't think anyone doubts their talent but he has to show the ability to develop and train them to fulfill their roles. Is Coley or Craig ready to live up to their Job Titles right now? Can Jimbo bring them up to speed and also develop Craig to one day take Coley job? These are my questions. He also has show the ability to evaluate DC and hire the right one. Stoops is talented but is only a relatively short term solution. If we are effective on defense I would not expect him to be at FSU much longer then a five year window. Can he make another good hire and also learn to give Stoops both the feedback and room he needs to be successful?
As far as players are concerned, can we take talented guy and make him live up to his potential. At FSU, you guaranteed a certain amount of talented players. You can recruit more but until we are able to show that we can get guys to next level. Our recruiting will have a ceiling especially when the depth becomes more apparent. Fisher has already shown that he can evaluate players with the best of them. Just take a look at Ty Jones and Werner, one was a two star recruit while the other was three star by most services. i don't think any sane person would rate either below a high four right now. The question becomes can we take a guy like Werner who has flashed very early and make him into a truly elite player? Can Fisher still develop QBs as HC when his time is very limited? Fisher has done all right things early on as far development but at some point the rubber must meet the road.
I believe Coach Fisher will be successful at FSU but whether we become perennial favorite in the ACC or win national championships will be determined by his abilty to develop both coaches and players in IMHO. This year will show a little light but next year will be our first look at where Jimbo stacks up.