Sitting at 1-3, Florida State already has as many losses as it had for the entire 2016 regular season. The Seminoles are searching for answers with seven regular season games left and the first place they should look is on offense.
In an interesting piece by Tomahawknation reporter Bud Elliott, Jimbo Fisher’s offensive tendencies are put under the microscope and some of the discoveries are not that pretty.
Two findings in particular are troubling when considering the abundance of recruiting talent that Florida State has amassed on the offensive side of the ball.
During Fisher’s tenure in Tallahassee which began in 2010, Florida State has the fewest fourth down attempts (50) in the nation. The second least goes to Fisher’s former boss at Alabama, Nick Saban, but he’s still attempted more than double (114) compared to his former protege.
Also, Florida State ranks 121st in the nation this season in offensive pace of play.
Fisher is a proven winner with a national championship under his belt to validate his decisions.
However, it’s a valid argument in favor of taking more risks and picking up the pace given the talent on offense and Florida-bred speed.
Elliott sums up the dilemma succinctly:
Fisher is combining the worst of both worlds — giving away possessions by not using all four downs, while minimizing the number of possessions by playing at an extremely slow pace.
Fixing these areas might not guarantee victories but it would at least give Seminoles fans some more opportunities for excitement.
Florida State travels to Duke on Oct. 14 for a noon (EST) matchup that will be televised on ESPN2.
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