In the wake of Florida State’s last-second loss to rival Miami, in which the Seminole defense surrendered 280 yards and 24 points in the second half, Florida State defensive coordinator Charles Kelly has found himself under fire from fans.
Monday, in his weekly press conference, head coach Jimbo Fisher came to Kelly’s defense. Tuesday, it was star cornerback Derwin James’ turn.
In this video posted by Warchant.com, James tells reporters that the defensive miscues that have fans riled up are “not always (Kelly’s) fault.”
“If you look at the film and really turn on the film, it’s us, you know, just not looking at what we’re supposed to be looking at, not covering the guys we’re supposed to be covering,” James said. “It’s not him.”
Part of fans’ frustration with Kelly has stemmed from the fact that Florida State’s defense, which ranks 28th nationally in total yardage allowed at 334.5 yards per game, is dotted with talented players — most notably James. James said when the team studies film, it’s apparent that the defense isn’t living up to its potential.
James said that was both encouraging, because the players know they aren’t physically outmatched, and discouraging.
“When we look at the film teams are not really just physically beating us, just lining up and beating us,” James said. “Sometimes it’s just us not lining up right and just the little mistakes that we’re making.”
James’ comments on Kelly come a day after Fisher said he has “extreme confidence” in the defensive coordinator. James, too, called Kelly a “great coordinator” and said the players need to be held equally responsible for defensive mistakes.
“I can promise you it’s not (Kelly’s fault), because when you look at the film, turn on the film, it’ll tell you itself.”
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