The Monday After: Noles Still Need Work
Posted by William Kristoph
This much I know. The Florida State offense needs work. It needs a lot of work, but the win over Colorado bought the team as a whole a bit of a reprieve, for a week.Â Up next is Miami, and the Hurricanes are ticked off after blowing another ACC home game, this time to the North Carolina Tar Heels. That is never a good recipe for the Noles, but at least this one doesn’t have to be played in the Orange Bowl.
Kudos to the FSU defense and the special teams. I never thought I’d see Michael Ray Garvin break a 94 yard TD return, but I’m glad I did. You’d think he was a track star or something. And aren’t punt blocks a thing of beauty? The defense did well against a slower Colorado team that couldn’t get the ball moving, thanks to FSU’s superior speed.
But, I can’t help but wonder what FSU is going to do on offense. I’m not saying put Drew Weatherford in, because it’s not going to happen. But I do wonder what might have happened for Mr. Weatherford had Antone Smith run for all those yards while he was in there. Throughout the Colorado game it looked like Jimbo Fisher wanted Christian Ponder to play the role of Trent Dilfer and manage the game. Isn’t that what Drew is best at, according to his detractors? Speaking of Antone Smith, someone please slap Rod Gilmore, since he couldn’t pronounce his name right at all on the ABC broadcast.
So where is the team going next weekend? I’m honestly a bit lost. If I had to give a gut reaction, I’m guessing that they play another low scoring game with Miami, as both unranked teams try to put something together. The Canes aren’t that good, but they aren’t that bad either and they generally have FSU’s number. If Antone can’t run the ball, and he won’t run it as well against the Canes, is the FSU offense going to completely sputter? Can FSU beat a fast team like Miami with defense and special teams? I guess we’ll find out Saturday.
P.S. Please, ABC, don’t ever play Bobby Bowden’s “We Are The Seminoles” again. Never. Seriously, never.