It’s Okay To Panic A Little Bit Now Noles
Posted by William Kristoph
I’ve been preaching for everyone in the Seminole Nation to remain calm. But, after last night’s performance in another close game I understand where some folks frustrations are coming from. North Carolina did everything they could short of not scoring on offense to give the game to Florida State and the Seminoles couldn’t put it away. Dropped balls, high throws, missed field goals, a generally pathetic kickoff return game again. We now know who the 2010 Noles are thanks to the back-loaded schedule that featured lots of tasty cupcakes up front and a rough second half of the schedule.
Is it time for full out panic and time to call for Jimbo Fisher’s head like some fans are starting to do? No, of course not. The Noles haven’t even played a full season under Fisher. Mark Stoops hasn’t had a full year yet to implement his defense or get “his guys” in the system and it takes time to flush out the apathy that was allowed in previous seasons. Full panic can’t start for another season and half. At the same time, is there cause for concern? Sure, because there are some recurring themes in the stands that don’t seem to have an obvious answer. To the fully uneducated, but passionate eye (my own) here’s what bugged me yesterday:
- Greg Reid. He was burned twice for two TDs and had one good return on a kickoff when it was desperately needed. I remain unimpressed overall, because the swag doesn’t match the results when playing teams with any sort of decent talent. One of yesterday’s featured Smartest Seminole questions was Peter Warrick. Number 9 had swag, but also seemed to back it up most in the big games.
- The wide receivers as a whole have highs and lows all game. There average at best to my eye and just don’t do a whole lot for me. Years ago there was always a good mix of speed, hands and desire. This crew flashes it at times, but isn’t consistent about it.
- The offensive line is offensive at times. One play in particular drove me nuts yesterday. Three lineman to the left,with 3 defenders to block. Jermaine Thomas was poised for a big gain and one of the lineman flat out missed the block, limiting Thomas to a few yards instead of 20+.
- Regarding the crowd (70, 157 announced), I have tons of sympathy for those that can’t make it to the game for whatever reason. I’m not talking to you folks that can’t show up. What I don’t understand is how the fans that do show up to Doak seem to be totally uninterested in the game for much of it. Even yesterday it was late arriving and even some of the students left after the halftime show. Seriously?
- Dustin Hopkins. I’m all for ya man, but as I always say about kickers. You have one job, make kicks. I said to be ready in the Gut Reaction Prediction and it didn’t pan out. Be ready next week.
- Jimbo Fisher. I don’t get the call at the end of the game to waste over 1:30 trying to hold UNC to a field goal. Hopkins had just missed and the defense couldn’t stop anything. My armchair coaching was all for letting UNC score and then trying to score our own TD with 2:00+ and 3 time outs.
I support the team always, but yesterday was disappointing. Clemson gave the Noles control of their own destiny again and FSU squandered it again. I don’t have a lot of positives to think about right now, because they’re nothing new. The offense scores points, but not enough and there’s just tons of inconsistency surrounding the game. I’m concerned about Clemson, a sort of better than expected Maryland team on the road and of course Florida. Will the Noles go 0-3 over the next three games? I doubt it, but 1-2 is looking like a stronger case than I thought two weeks ago which would put the Noles at 7-5 headed to a bowl game and below my expectations of 8-4 in the preseason. That would be highly disappointing and provide even more empty seats at Doak for 2011.