Jimbo has stated on numerous occasions that you should breakup a program into three phases Recruiting/Scouting, Development and Coaching. I wanted to compare where I thought FSU was in these phases with the rest of the ACC. The rankings below are simply my opinion but I thought this would be good time to look at the program from our head coach's vantage point.
Player development in my mind ranges from physical development to mastering technique required to play a position. To gauge where a program is on the development front you have to look at both the Strength and Conditioning Staff and the Coaching Staff. Certain Coaches may be great at Xs and Os but lack the ability to teach technique. Part of the issue with college football teams hiring assistants out of the NFL is the lack of focus in the NFL on teaching sound fundamentals (NFL players should be pretty advanced when comes to technique). The best indicator of a great development program is how a player transforms from his first year to his final year. Jimbo has broadened the scope of development by introducing Nutrition and Sports Psychology into the formula as well.
What makes a team great at developing players?
a. We hired a student of the legendary hatch formula (SC Staff)
b. We hired a Speed Coach from IMG
c. We use the same sports psychologists that are employed by the University of Alabama
d. FSU coaching staff has an unbelievable track record of developing players
i.Odell has developed numerous NFL players
ii. Fisher's Starting QB with the exception of Weatherford has made an NFL roster since his days at LSU. If you go back to his time at Auburn, only four QBs didn't make an NFL rosters. One played major league baseball and another became a BCS QB coach.
iii.Trickett has placed numerous players in the NFL but his stint at FSU maybe his most impressive to date. In 2009, FSU had one of the best OL in the country but started 3 True SO and 2 JR with only one player rated as a 4 Star player.
iv. Numerous running backs coached by Gran have gone on to star in the NFL
v. Coach Stoops coached and developed maybe the best Defensive Backfield in college football history
vi. Coach Eliot turned Markus White from a guy to a possible late round pick.