If you listen to expert talking heads or read the preseason preview magazines, it appears that a turnaround of Florida State’s fortunes in 2010 will largely be predicated on their Christian Ponder-led offense.
Based off of one scrimmage, head coach Jimbo Fisher might beg to differ with that assessment.
While giving modest credit to his defense, Fisher — FSU’s offensive coordinator the past three years under Bobby Bowden — let it be known that he was not at all pleased with his offense and their five turnovers.
“The defense played pretty good,” Fisher said in quotes distributed by the team. “The offense was very erratic and sloppy. We’re a long ways from where we want to be, but we’ll get better. The defense did a lot of great things, but a lot of it didn’t have to do with them. The plays were there and we made them, but we dropped the ball or did something stupid.”
Heisman Trophy candidate Christian Ponder was even more succinct than his coach, with the quarterback saying that his unit had better right the offensive ship or else the Seminoles are in for a long season.
“If we play like this we’re going to lose a lot of games and that’s the truth,” Ponder said. “We can’t play like this. We have to fix a lot of things and guys have to step up. It starts with me.”
With 22 days to go before the season opener against Samford, there’s little cause for anyone in Tallahassee to sound an alarm. Still, it’s something to keep an eye on as you know Fisher will be doing just that.