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Willie Taggart, Kendal Briles comment on Briles’ addition to FSU coaching staff

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Both sides speak about an intriguing addition to the ’Nole staff.

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By now, you know: Kendal Briles is in as Florida State’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, replacing the departed Walt Bell. The worst kept secret in a while broke yesterday, and today, Florida State issued a press release commenting on the hire.

Here’s what FSU head coach Willie Taggart had to say about Briles’ addition to the staff:

I’m excited about the addition of Kendal to our staff. He brings play-calling experience and familiarity with the type of scheme and tempo we will run, which is similar to the offenses he has coordinated. His ability to recruit, manage an offensive staff, develop quarterbacks and make in-game adjustments will be beneficial to us as we evolve in our offense. Kendal has success at the Power 5 level and has also shown his adaptability to personnel and situations that occur during a season. He had multiple opportunities following the 2018 season and we feel the fit here will be a good one.

The release from Florida State specifies that Briles will have “primary play-calling duties,” and includes the following statement from the Seminoles’ new OC:

I am incredibly humbled by this opportunity and appreciate Coach Taggart’s trust in me. I also appreciate him supporting my desire to finish this season at my alma mater by coaching in our bowl game yesterday. We both understand what this offense should be, and I have complete confidence in our ability to meet the goals he has for us. Sarah and I are excited to be part of Florida State and are looking forward to integrating ourselves within the Tallahassee and FSU communities.