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Jimbo Fisher explains the difference between show dogs and hunting dogs

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In a metaphorical sense, of course. Jimbo Fisher is country deep like that.

Florida State is deep in the conversation for a BCS championship too after the Seminoles beat then No. 10 Clemson 49-37 Saturday night. FSU, perennially thought to be “back”, looks far more focused this season than in the first two years under Fisher. The buzz isn’t ending there. Quarterback EJ Manuel is now getting in on some early-season Heisman discussion.

But if you had to force Fisher’s arm and make him choose between a BCS championship and a Heisman-winning player under his watch, he’d choose to talk about show dogs and hunting dogs.

“Do you want to be a show dog or a hunting dog?” Fisher said in a response to Manuel’s sudden Heisman buzz. “[The Heisman Trophy] has nothing to do with our season. If he would win it, that would be wonderful. That’s all great. But that’s not for him to decide. For him to decide is what kind of teammate he’s going to be. What kind of leader he’s going to be and how he’s going to go each week.

“If you want to parade him around and do all that. I’d rather have a hunting dog.”

Well put, Jimbo.

I think.


(Hat tip: Orlando Sentinel) 

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15 Responses to “Jimbo Fisher explains the difference between show dogs and hunting dogs”
  1. arrogantnation says: Sep 24, 2012 4:39 PM

    They’re going to run the table. That schedule is cake from here on out.

  2. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 24, 2012 4:55 PM

    Coach Jimbo’s right. No coach who is serious about national prominence for his team, even a national championship, wants a prima dona, a showpiece. He wants a worker, one who will produce. A good analogy, at least for us hunters. You want a dog in the Westminster Dog Show? Or like we did some years ago, travel all the way to Waynesboro, GA and get a hunting dog, where the best in the world are raised and trained?

    Sounds like Coach Jimbo Fisher is focused. Maybe it took him 3 years to get the players he wanted, trained the way he wanted them, in the positions he needed, to make this run. Southernpatriots’ family knows Jimbo from his days at LSU and told us before the season started that Florida State was a team to watch closely this season, that they would have a test in Clemson and if they passed and kept focus, they could make it to the end.

  3. wvuandsteelers says: Sep 24, 2012 4:57 PM

    I personally want a guard dog that’s going to tear your butt up if you even look at me funny. :-)

  4. rcquinn1972 says: Sep 24, 2012 5:55 PM

    Dog will hunt, especially here in Tally Ho !!

  5. Slim Charles says: Sep 24, 2012 5:57 PM

    It’s not enough these guys play for free, now we have to compare them to animals too?

  6. deadeye says: Sep 24, 2012 6:11 PM

    FSU will run the table, and I think they have what it takes to defeat Alabama. That would be an amazing game.

  7. term3186 says: Sep 24, 2012 6:23 PM

    Sadly for FSU, there is a very real possibility that they could run the table and not even play for the Championship. Alabama will probably run the table, and if a PAC-12 team (Oregon/Stanford) or Big-12 team (Texas/Kansas State/WVU) does the same, FSU will probably be on the outside looking in.

  8. btizzy1978 says: Sep 24, 2012 7:10 PM

    BCS game because they are “back” until they play an SEC team and get smoked

  9. WingT says: Sep 24, 2012 7:11 PM

    FSU better add a few pit bulls to their defense if they want to win a NC.

  10. grudenthediva says: Sep 24, 2012 7:44 PM

    Eddie Goldman. Mario Edwards, Jr. Tank Carradine. Bjorn Werner. Lamarcus Joyner. Chris Casher.

    Lot of young, hungry pit bulls on that team, I promise you that.

    And lil tizzy, are Florida and South Carolina not in the SEC? Care to check the scores of those most recent games vs. FSU? Thanks for playing!

  11. tmac4454 says: Sep 25, 2012 8:56 AM

    I still believe in Noles. FSU for life…
    That is that best I visioned EJ play since he became a starter. I wish that he played against Clemson last year before he got hurt. I do not believe that Clemson would have won that game last year if EJ was playing. Continue to take care of business b/c there are so many haters rooting against my Noles. This team is balanced on both sides of the ball.


  12. tlmoon2112 says: Sep 25, 2012 9:00 AM

    Id love to see them play Alabama too. Why? Because Alabama would expose them for the high school football team that they are. How do I know this? As I said yesterday, we learned 1 very important thing about the entire ACC Conference from the FSU-Clemson game Saturday night. The ACC cannot and will not win a National Championship because they dont have any defense. Defense is what makes the SEC the dominant conference that it is. Was the 12-10 Auburn/LSU game boring? OMG YES. But DEFENSE was what won the game. When you have to score 40+ points because your opponent hung 38 on you (referring to the FSU-Clemson game), YOURE NOT WINNING ANY BCS CHAMPIONSHIP GAME….PERIOD. Is there anyone here other then the typical diehard Nole fan that actually thinks FSU would hang 40+ on Alabama?? SERIOUSLY?? Get real and get off the crack pipe.

  13. giantsmetsfan says: Sep 25, 2012 11:40 AM

    Hey tlmoon2112-

    That Auburn defense must be pretty dominant to let up 26 points to Clemson and 28 points to UL Monroe. Get a life and quit smoking the SEspnC crackpipe.

  14. tlmoon2112 says: Sep 25, 2012 11:57 AM

    If I were you, Id be jealous of the SEC too. Bless your heart…..

  15. zhangocracy says: Sep 26, 2012 6:35 PM

    I’m glad Jimbo Fisher was able to elaborate on David Bennett’s analogy.

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