After 26 seasons as Bobby Bowden's defensive coordinator, Florida State's Mickey Andrews announced his plans to retire today after this season. Although Andrews informed FSU that this would most likely be his final season on the sidelines, his announcement comes on the heels of one of FSU's worst years on defense.
The Seminoles have the worst defense in the ACC, giving up 29.8 points and 428.9 yards per game. They are also ranked 109th in the country in total defense. This is the primary reason why the Seminoles are 4-4 and in jeopardy of having one of their worst seasons during the Bowden Era.
Although Andrews has failed to lead the 'Noles defense in the right direction this year, his track record is remarkable. Andrews was one of the reasons FSU had a record 14 top-five finishes and two national titles from 1987-2000. Also during Andrews' tenure, 19 defensive players have been first-round NFL picks. Some of those players include Deion Sanders, Marvin Jones, Derrick Brooks, Peter Boulware, Antonio Cromartie, Ernie Sims, and most recently, Lawrence Timmons. All of these players helped lead Seminole defenses that were able to match up against anyone in the country.
It will be interesting to see what happens from here because Bowden actually wanted Andrews to stick around for one more year. Without Andrews by his side, Bowden may now be one step closer to handing Jimbo Fisher the keys to Doak Campbell Stadium.
In the meantime, the 'Noles need to bring in a younger defensive coordinator in the mold of Texas' Will Mushchamp or Florida's Charlie Strong. This will restore the tenacity and swagger the 'Noles need in order to get back to the BCS Championship.