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Florida State practice notebook: September 28

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Hearing from the coaches ahead of Jacksonville State

Sun Sentinel

Florida State Seminoles football head coach Mike Norvell spoke with the media today, as well as offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham, defensive coordinator Adam Fuller and defensive ends coach/special teams coordinator John Papuchis.

Each took the time to offer their own insight on last Saturday’s 52-10 historic loss to the Miami-Florida Hurricanes, with Norvell expanding on the lack of emotional discipline, Dillingham citing self-inflicted mistakes and faults in playcalling, Fuller discussing the lack of pressure and Papuchis discussing the mindset needed to move forward.

“We are where we are,” Norvell said of the team’s rough start. “The product that we have put on the filed the last two games is the reason that we are sitting where we are.”

“There were quite a few things that we know need to be improved and corrected....Everybody has a choice; you have a choice of how you’re going to respond.”

Dillingham spoke on the team’s inability to convert long drives to points, saying that getting negative plays either from penalties or poor execution prevented the team from capitalizing on multiple red zone situations, along with what he said wasn’t good playcalling on his part.

“We’ve got to do a better job of being disciplined in the red zone,” he said. “We’ve got to do a better job at forcing the envelope and scoring touchdowns.”

“The conversations that were having with our guys are exactly the same. We want to improve every day.”

As for Fuller, he spoke on the lack of pressure that’s been generated by the team so far, with the defensive failing to make much of an impact through two games. The team went to a three-down front against Miami (using three down lineman instead of four) which is what Fuller said was the plan to help negate some of Miami’s strengths.

“[Getting the right way to generate pressure] a work in progress, we’re still working on it. We’ve got to do a better job at forcing those situations. Its just something we’ve got to get better at, there’s no question.”

“All the big-picture philosophy talk is less important right now, and it’s more about being the best we can be today,” Papuchis said. “If we can play well on Saturday that can get us stepping in the right direction.”