Jimbo Fisher was on the radio yesterday and what he had to say was very interesting:
While on KFAN in Minneapolis, Fisher was asked how anyone beats Saban, and why he’s so successful.
“We beat them my first year we were at FSU,” Fisher said. “I went against him every day in practice. We were together for five years. He’s done a great job of organizing. He’s got the structure. People don’t realize he’s got the infrastructure really stet up.
“That’s why we’ve been able to make our jump at Florida State. We’ve got our infrastructure set up where can keep replacing guys, and I think we’ll be in that national title hunt every year, just like they are. But he’s done a great job.”
That infrastructure at Florida State will be put to the test this season, as Fisher has had to replace six assistants.
Another tie to Alabama, Fisher’s wife, Candi, grew up in the state as a Crimson Tide fan. She said marrying a football coach was great, since she grew up a fan of the game. She also reflected on her memories of the death of another legendary Alabama coach.
“I know exactly where I was the day Bear Bryant died,” she said. “I was in the eighth grade when Bear Bryant died. Everybody at my school was crying. It was crazy. He was a superstar in the state of Alabama. It was devastating for us.”
So, my question is: do you believe it? I do to a large extent–we’ve been very successful under Fisher and even though we’ve had tremendous turnover this off-season, both players and coaches, FSU still may very well be a top 10 team.
I’m not convinced we are on Alabama’s level in terms of replacing players, however. We don’t have the depth at every position. We’re getting there, but let’s just say we don’t lose to NC State if we had a good backup for Menelik Watson.