Florida State Football: Is Jimbo Fisher to Blame for Offensive Woes?

Isaiah ClarkCorrespondent INovember 21, 2011

CHESTNUT HILL, MA - NOVEMBER 03:  Head coach Jimbo Fisher of the Florida State Seminoles calls out the play in the second half against the Boston College Eagles on November 3, 2011 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. The Florida State Seminoles defeated the Boston College Eagles 38-7 (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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There comes a point and time where someone should take full responsibility when things aren't going right. With the way the Florida State Seminoles offense has been playing of late, you can relate those problems to a lot of things. The biggest issue has been the consistency—or lack thereof—in all facets of the offense. 

One game it looks like the offense will put up 40-plus points and the next it's struggling to make a first down. Example, the game against Miami where it almost took the Seminoles an entire half to get a first down.

Of course, you can put some of the blame on the officials and their inability to call a fair game. By them making their own mistakes, it slows any momentum the offense had at that point. In fact, they made a horrendous holding call against offensive lineman Zebrie Sanders on the first drive of the game this past week against Virginia. However, even with missed calls a good offense should be able to overcome those obstacles throughout the entirety of the game.

Instead, this offense struggles to score when it is within the 5-yard line. Sometimes I want to put the blame on the players for a lack of execution, but after witnessing another lackluster performance against Virginia I am starting to believe head coach Jimbo Fisher is at fault.

This is the coach who was supposedly going to be the mastermind behind what should be a very high-powered offense. That hasn't been the case since he's been the offensive coordinator. Too many predictable play calls and there aren't enough calls to spread the field. More often than not we see a quick slant or a five-yard button hook. Then you have one game where he runs the option a lot and the next you never see it. These inconsistencies have hurt the play of the entire offense.

Not only is he assuming the responsibilities as head coach, but he is still staying in complete charge of the offense. Something needs to change and it starts with Fisher stepping down as the offensive coordinator. 

Bring somebody in who can put forth a valiant effort and focus strictly on the offensive unit alone—unlike Fisher, who has enough on his plate being the head coach. He needs to refocus on the "head coaching duties," such as working on team discipline, which—if you haven't watched this season—has been pathetic. 

This was suppose to be the season where the Seminoles lived up to the hype, perhaps showed the nation that Florida State was back. Again, though, the team has disappointed and taken a step backwards. When can we finally stop saying, "Maybe next year"?

Hopefully Florida State can beat Florida this week and salvage what's left of a disappointing season.