Jimbo Fisher made me a believer. I bought into the hype, the process, the recruiting, etc. I knew there needed to be changes made from the lost decade and that we were falling behind the nations elite programs at an alarming rate.
However when is enough, enough?
5 losses to underdogs as double digit favorites (2010 - NC St & UNC, 2011 - Wake & Virginia, 2012 - NC St) seems to me to be getting very close to that line of needing to look for a replacement. I see all the positives that Jimbo has brought us but I also see the frustrating mistakes that Jimbo is not learning from and is continuing to repeat (keep in mind these arn't stats, but observations) themes that are similar in the 5 bad losses and a few bad wins.
- Conservative Offense when game is not in hand
- Not using QB in a way that benefits the team (ie winning)
- Lack of execution (this blame is on coaches)
- Lacking of Killer Instinct to put teams away
I personally don't believe in firing Jimbo because of the success he has had against our rivals( 2-0 vs Florida, 2-0 vs Miami & 2-1 vs Clemson) but I see a lot of voices on this board calling other people as crazy for calling for Jimbo to be fired, those opinions need to chill and realize that they may not be that far off. In my opinion if we have another bad loss or can't beat Florida and struggle with Miami in the 2012 season then it is time for Jimbo to go.
I feel that Jimbo is always compared to the previous regime when in reality he should be compared to our rivals. If Florida had 5 losses to underdogs as double digit favorites, there wouldn't be the discussion we are having, that coach would be gone. Case in point: Ron Zook only had 3 bad losses (2002: Ole Miss, 2003: Ole Miss and 2004: Miss St). The straw that broke the camels back was the 2004 loss to Miss St. The Gators knew then that he could recruit talent but wasn't winning the games that needed to be won.
Why don't we hold Jimbo to the same standards? Remember a new coach (Urban) came in and won a championship in 2 years for them.