TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher will continue to call the offensive plays for the Seminoles this season, the way he has since he was elevated to head coach.
When it comes to actually naming an offensive coordinator, well, that is a bit of a gray area. James Coley held that title the last three seasons but never once called a play. A big reason he left for Miami? His desire to call plays.
With Coley gone from his staff, Fisher has decided against giving that title out. Could he? Sure he could. Fisher rattled off his offensive assistants -- Randy Sanders, Lawrence Dawsey and Tim Brewster -- as being more than capable.
Will he? Maybe. Maybe not.
"We still may name one," Fisher said. "I just want to get through spring ball and see how things go and see who fits into what role. But they all could do that job. That’s no problem at all. Randy’s been an offensive coordinator for years. Dawsey can do those things. Brewster has been a head coach. ... They do what an offensive coordinator does, they all still do those things. Whether you name one or you don’t, they’re still doing the job."
Fisher is one of a handful of coaches across the country who calls his own offensive plays. He has come under fire for doing both, including last season after the second-half collapse against NC State. Toward the end of last season, he hinted at perhaps giving up play calling duties in the near future.
But that was well before this staff exodus. Two assistants remain on the offensive side of the ball from a year ago. Fisher maintains that calling the plays is something he greatly enjoys. He pointed to the Seminoles' offensive numbers from a year ago -- averaging nearly 40 points per game, tied for No. 7 in the nation in red-zone offense, averaging 7 yards per play to rank No. 3 in the nation.
And he believes calling plays works for continuity's sake. His reason? Staff changes, as noted above.
"I may give it up at a time if you get the right guys in the system," Fisher said. "But you understand this. You’ve got a guy, and you’ve given him plays. As soon as you lose that guy -- which in today’s time if you have success, you’re going to -- then you have to break a whole ’nother guy in. There’s a down side to that, too. There’s a flip side to the guys who have the guru offenses and as a head coach you’re not involved with them and all of a sudden they leave. Then what do you do? You fight that animal, too, so you always try to find consistency in your program."