So the question shifts from "if" to "when" and "who?"
Jimbo Fisher has hinted in recent weeks that he eventually wants to turn over playcalling duties to an offensive coordinator. But this level of detail in a rambling bit to one of the final questions in Fisher's press conference Monday was a bit unexpected to say the least.
Watch the video (it's queued up to the right spot, just let it load).
Fisher said that he does eventually have plans to turn over playcalling to an offensive coordinator, and that those plans are part of his greater five-year plan as a head coach. He also revealed that he has a ten-year plan.
The whole bit is a bit difficult to put into print, so just watch the video. It's free.
Analysis: Obviously, 2012 is Year 3 of his tenure at Florida State, so the change would presumably come in 2013 or 2014, assuming the plan is on pace. I guess.
I know of at least one person, who I believe Fisher respects, told him to get a playcaller. I believe it may happen as soon as 2013.
Do I think that Fisher is a poor playcaller? No. I think that's a convenient buzz term that some fall back on when they don't understand the game very well. "Playcalling" has come to encompass everything from gameplanning, to adjustments, to design, to philosophy, to personnel decisions.
What I do think, however, is that Fisher wears a lot of hats.
The stress of being head coach, offensive coordinator (in practice, not in name), quarterback coach (again, in practice and not in name because Dameyune Craig is primarily on the staff to recruit) and head recruiter is a lot. Not to mention the additional stress caused by off-field issues.
And I think wearing all of those hats can lead to being a jack of all trades, and a master of none.
There is no guarantee that the offense will improve if Fisher does hand off playcalling duties. It could, certainly, but I don't view Fisher's playcalling as anywhere near the issue that some do.
But I do think it could help in another area: head coaching.
Fisher has struggled at times this season with clock management and seeing the bigger picture in games.
The question, then, becomes whether Florida State can find someone to call plays equally well as or better than Fisher, so that he can be freed up up to have greater focus on gameday duties.
And I think the answer to that is yes. Not because I don't think Fisher is a good playcaller, but because I don't think he is so special as a playcaller that the offense would suffer (if at all) if he were to give it up.
The reward of better game and time management is probably worth it.
On another note, this media address did not really seem all that well thought out or smooth. Fisher would probably have been better served to table the discussion for the off-season, and then having his ducks in a row on the issue.
And no, I don't know if it will happen in 2013 or 2014. And no, I don't have any idea on realistic candidates as of yet. That will make for some great off-season talk.