With ten games of the 2016 regular season now in the books, Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher returned to his weekly call-in show with a road trip to Syracuse this weekend looming. Fisher talked the impressive win over Boston College, looked ahead to Syracuse, and received a lot of overwhelmingly positive calls. What are the takeaways from this week’s show?
Just one day after the report that LSU has reached out to Fisher’s representation regarding the potential opening in Baton Rouge, there were a high number of callers to Wednesday’s show who did not even have the customary question for the coach, instead just thanking, praising, or begging Fisher to stay at Florida State. One caller only had two words for Fisher: thank you. The one instance that may have cast some new light on the situation was when someone said that LSU would have to wait awhile for Fisher because he isn’t going anywhere before Fisher replied by saying, “I’m with you.”
Is a 10-win season a success?
In the middle of the show, one person called into inquire on if he thought a potential 10-win season would be a success given all the preseason hype that surrounded FSU. Fisher was quick to state that he would be very proud of a 10-win season, going on that although an ACC and National Championship is always the goal, that has only happened three times in program history. He followed that up by saying that he mainly values this season if FSU is able to get to 10 wins for the valuable lessons that the young players have learned and will be able to take into next season, especially on the work ethic that it takes to have a season up to the standards that a team this talented could have.
Francois NFL material
Late in the show, someone asked Fisher if he believes that quarterback Deondre Francois has the potential to be NFL material. It may still be early in his career but he fully believes that Francois has the potential to be a very good NFL quarterback, citing Francois’ obvious arm strength as well as his instincts, knowledge, and work ethic. However, Fisher did not discuss the main thing which may work against him: his size. Measuring in at 6’2, Francois is a bit shorter than most teams are looking for their quarterback to be.
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