What Willie Taggart inherited as head coach at FSU

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Willie,Willie,Willie

I’ve been reading articles lately on Willie Taggart and the Florida State Seminoles. Some writers weigh in heavily that his time in Tallahassee needs to be meeting its end. Other articles are focused on the diametrical view of Willie Taggart’s FSU job and its future. Tabbing the former as being shortsighted. I’m not here to choose sides, just to state a couple of facts.

Willie Taggart FSU coach
Willie Taggart on the Seminole sideline

The Succession

No matter what side each writer takes. No matter how extreme the argument they’re trying to make is. Each story seems to agree that when Willie Taggart came to Tallahassee from Oregon he was walking into a bad situation.

One article called it a raw deal. It doesn’t seem in most cases that this refers to replacing Jimbo as head coach as much as it is in reference to the overall talent in which Willie Taggart was left with at FSU after Fisher’s swift departure. The idea that Jimbo left Taggart in need of skilled players is absolutely untrue. Its False. Pure fiction, make believe.

Jimbo Fisher winning the 2013 National Championship
Jimbo Fisher

2019: the talent in Tallahassee

As Willie Taggart takes FSU to 1-1 following a nail biting 2OT victory over….. Who was it they just beat again? Here’s what Taggart inherited according to rivals. The 2016 and 2017 classes were ranked 2nd and 5th respectively. The 2018 class which Fisher never completed ended up ranked number 10 overall nationally.

The FSU Defense is all 4 and 5 star players!

After two weeks the Noles have given up 80 points and have the 124th ranked Defense in the country. Almost every player on this defense is a 4 or 5 star recruit and here’s where a few were ranked overall in their given year.

  1. Lavonte Taylor (10) (2016)
  2. Marvin Wilson (2) (2017)
  3. Josh Kaindoh (5) (2017)
Willie TAggart recruits inherited at FSU
2017 rivals top recruits

Not coached up

Most of the rest of the defensive players are high 4-star recruits. Players brought in by the Fisher regime. Those saying not every recruit hits is absolutely correct, but do you think Jimbo missed on an entire defense of blue chippers?

Three recruiting classes of defensive busts, top to bottom. The Seminoles have some of the top defensive recruits from 2016-18, yet they’ve surrendered 80 points in two games. The 124th ranked Defense in the nation. Look at some of the other defensive players in the NFL recruited by Jimbo. What Fisher just completely missed for 3 consecutive years?

The Conclusion

In closing, in my opinion it can only be one of two things. Jimbo Fisher, the 2nd best active recruiter behind Nick Saban either missed on every recruit over 3 seasons or the staff in place in Tallahassee right now, doesn’t know how to coach up the talent. If anyone has a take on this I’d love for you to share your opinions.

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