Like many FSU fans, yesterday's game was a wake up call for me. The whole situation with EJ playing or not playing put a bad taste in my mouth. I acknowledge that I am not privy to all of the information concerning his injury so my perspective may be inaccurate; but in my opinion, if he was able to play he needed to start and if he was not able to play he should not have dressed. To me, this was evidence that we did not properly prepare and, in fact, took WF for granted. This was a major screw up by the coaches. With a 2-2 record and 0-1 in the conference, we should not take any game for granted.
With all that being said, I am still optimistic that Jimbo is the right guy and more than capable of returning this program to glory, although admittedly, not as confident as I was before yesterday. Yes, the WF game was a miserable failure, but even Saban has taken his teams into games unprepared (see 2009 Sugar Bowl). Obviously, Jimbo needs to learn from this and never let it happen again.
The fact of the matter is that our program is still in much better shape than it was when Jimbo got here, anyone who disagrees is not being honest with themselves, in my opinion. It is also apparent that the program still has a long way to go, certainly further than many of us thought coming into the season. Based on this, I would certainly say the honeymoon is over and Jimbo and the coaching staff need to be held accountable; but I would also say that a full evaluation of Jimbo's program can not and should not be made until after the 2012 season. Period.
As someone who has followed the program since 1978, when I was 8 years old, I say to all you fair weather fans that we do not want to create a revolving door, unstable program. Long term success does not manifest overnight and sometimes you need to take a few steps back before you can experience critical mass (long term success).