Head coach Willie Taggart was introduced to the Florida State media, fans and administrators on Wednesday. During his presser, the head coach unveiled his vision for Florida State football.
His offensive style is extrememly different than what Florida State fans or players are used to. Gone are the days of a snails-paced offense.
“Lethal simplicity. We wanna score fast, and often, but be very simple on teaching our kids and not confuse them."
As for defense, Taggart said he has not decided what type of scheme Florida State will run, but wants to stick to that, “Lethal simplicity.” He does however want the FSU defense to bring back memories from the Mickey Andrews era.
“I want a damn good defense. I want it back where we had it. We were a bunch of bad asses. A bunch of war-daddies. We want lethal simplicity. We want to be aggressive. Get in attack mode and make plays.
Taggart, in his opening comments, said that he will start his recruiting efforts immediately. In fact, he noted that he will be traveling tonight to start rebuilding FSU’s recruiting class.
"I plan on tonight to get out and get to working and try to salvage this recruiting class...I can't wait to get on the road recruiting....There's a lot of work to be done."
The Palmetto, Fla. native also had a strong message regarding the primary job of his recruits.
“My job is to go recruit and take the current players’ jobs, and it’s on my current players to keep their job.”
When the topic of his future coaching staff came up, Taggart still wants to evaluate the current staff as they prepare for the Independence Bowl.
“I’m going to get a chance to evaluate the coaches and see if they’re still a fit going forward.”
While at South Florida, Taggart faced Florida State in 2015— It put the new FSU head coach in a unique situation.
"That was the first time I had to root against the Seminoles."
In fact, his brother refused to wear South Florida gear, opting to stay loyal to the Seminoles. Taggart still remembers what his brother told him when asked to change clothes.
“I’m sorry. I love you brother, but I can’t root against the ’Noles."