While I’ve been reading for days about the absence of Deondre Francois at last Saturday’s homecoming game, I’m left with one question, “Who cares?” The dismal season we’ve had, the lack of answers, the lack of leadership, the need for coaching changes and our team’s overall performance is the bigger issue. Why are we wasting time trying to read something into the injured QB’s decision to make a visit to his home on a game weekend?
Focus on the real issues
This hasn’t been Florida State football this year. When a blowout win over lowly Delaware State is considered a “quality win” because it might keep us bowl eligible, there are much bigger issues than a missing person on the sideline. Let’s not squabble over something so trivial.
People are reporting that this is evidence of a deeper issue at Camp Seminole. Did it look like the team was lacking leadership on the sidelines Saturday? Seems to me they played quite well without Francois. What could he have done to improve or enhance the 71-point thrashing? It’s much ado about nothing, Noles fans. Let’s keep focused on the real issues.
Leadership starts at the top. Fifth Quarter hasn’t been shy about calling out the coaches for lack of it. Lack of preparation, adequate game-planning and -calling have also been issues. These problems were evident the second week of the season. The absence of Deondre Francois from the playing field only exacerbated and exposed them. His absence from the sidelines last weekend is a non-story.
Let’s continue to hold the coaches, athletic director and administration accountable for the piss-poor product we’ve seen on the field this year. Yes, the team performed well in the 77-6 drubbing of a lowly MEAC opponent, but they were basically homecoming victory fodder. It’s not time to say the program is back. Far from it!
Don’t let the other blogs and media outlets distract you from what’s truly ailing this program. There’s a culture problem that starts with the head coach. Jimbo Fisher needs to right this ship. He wasn’t willing to make mid-season changes to his staff. I think he knows it is a MUST in the off-season.
The next two games are NOT gimmes. We must win to become bowl eligible. Even that won’t salvage what’s been a bust of a season. The problems have been exposed. Let’s see to it they are fixed, and quick!