Jimbo Fisher encourages staff changes

Jimbo Fisher knows there will be many head-coaching jobs will come open this off-season, and potential employers could target members of his staff to fill vacancies.

In fact, Fisher hopes it happens.

"I hope [ defensive coordinator Mark Stoops gets an offer.] When I was that guy, that's what I wanted to do," Fisher told ESPN.com on Monday. "Change is inevitable. You've got to have a plan for it and where you want to go and what you want to do. I hope he stays here forever. As long as I'm here, I want him as defensive coordinator. But I also want him to reach his dreams and goals to become a head football coach."

Stoops, who is in his third season as the Seminoles' defensive coordinator, may not be the only target on Fisher's staff this off-season. Florida State is 8-1 this season, leads the ACC Atlantic Division and statistically dominates the ACC on both sides of the ball. The Seminoles lead the ACC in nine statistical categories including total offense, total defense, scoring offense and scoring defense. 

It's great to see Fisher encourage his assistants to find bigger and better jobs for a few reasons. First, he wants to reward his assistants' hard work. Like every other head coach, Fisher rose through the ranks as an assistant and wants to pay the help he got along the way forward to his assistant coaches. 

Next, Fisher's philosophy benefits his program because it will only make working on his staff more attractive to any future assistant coaches. Any potential hire that wants to one day become a head coach will be eager to work for someone that wants him to realize his goals. Finally, Fisher's philosophy demonstrates a great level of confidence in himself and his system to win no matter what assistants he may lose.

If change does indeed come to Fisher's staff, he'll be prepared. 

"You hope your system helps develop head coaches. I love that," Fisher said. "I want to be known as that. It makes the other top assistants want to come and makes other people want to be here. You have good players, you have a good system, you're organized well, you understand the big picture and what you want. I think that's another thing -- just like players want to come somewhere to get developed, hopefully coaches can do the same thing."

Fisher is far from the only head coach across the country that thinks this way, credit him for putting his thoughts out there. 

Rutgers will wear patriotic helmets on Saturday

Rutgers SID Jason Baum revealed Monday the patriotic helmets that Rutgers will wear this Saturday.

According to Baum's tweet they will be worn to "show our support for the women and men who protect our country."

Considering the Scarlet Knights' opponent this week is Army and that Veteran's Day will be celebrated next Monday, and of course the devestation that New Jersey endured caused by Hurricane Sandy, this is the perfect time for Rutgers to break out the red, white and blue. 

I've always been a fan of Rutgers' silver helmets, so I think this is a great look.

What do you think?

Motivational video that West Virginia watched before the TCU game

The hype video that the Mountaineers watched before taking the field against TCU was really good, and very well done. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to stop the Horned Frogs from putting together a strong fourth quarter and successfully converting the two point conversion in double overtime to escape with the win.

There's one line that flashes on the screen that's worthy of pointing out on it's own, which was a great analogy for how the Mountaineers entered the game (coming off two straight losses).

"A season is like a flame and any flame can be put out. But at any moment it can be reignited."

"It's time to reignite."

You can bet that this one had everyone jacked up.


With half the season to go, some NFL teams are already in evaluation mode

The Tennessee Titans were beaten 51-20 by the Chicago Bears on Sunday, and owner Bud Adams wasn't happy about it. In fact, Adams was so unhappy that, according to The Tennesseean, he was in the air on his private jet back to his home in Houston by the third quarter of the game. 

When reached by The Tennesseean after the game, Adams had this to say.

“In my 50 years of owning an NFL franchise, I am at a loss to recall a regular-season home game that was such a disappointment for myself and fans of the Titans,’’ Adams told the paper. “We were grossly outcoached and outplayed from start to finish today.

“At this time, all aspects of the organization will be closely evaluated, including front office, coaches and players, over the next seven games. If performance and competitiveness does not improve, I will look at all alternatives to get back to having the Titans become a playoff and championship football team.”

The 2012 Titans stand at 3-6, but still have nearly half their schedule ahead of them. Head coach Mike Munchak and his staff are in their second season with the Titans and are coming off a 9-7 campaign in 2011. There is also a history of mid-season rallies in the organization. The Titans started 0-6 in 2009, capped by a 59-0 loss to the New England Patriots, before rallying to win eight of their final 10 games. 

Adams, however, is unlike NFL owners. This is a man who has twice been caught on camera extending his middle finger to fans. 

Evaluation season is not exclusive to Tennessee, however. Washington Redskins had this to say after a 21-6 loss on Sunday.

"When you lose a game like that, now you're playing to see who is going to be on your football team for years to come," Shanahan said. "Now we get a chance to evaluate players and see where we're at."

Shanahan's statement is already not playing well in the locker room.

"I'm not thinking about next year; that's an offseason thing for me," said Redskins linebacker Lorenzo Alexander. "But you know it's hard when you see yourself in that type of position, and your head coach is saying those types of things. It's disappointing."

Like the Titans, Washington finds itself at 3-6 this season. And like the Titans, Washington still has seven games left this season. 

This is the NFL, after all. Nearly half of all games are decided by a touchdown or less. With nearly two full months left in the season, a late-season rally is not at all outside the realm of possibility. 

Brian Kelly: "I've never had a team win because they were lucky"

On Saturday, Notre Dame had to rally back from a 20-6 deficit and put up two touchdowns in the fourth quarter (including a two points conversion following a missed PAT) to send the game overtime before escaping with a triple overtime win against Pitt.

The ball bounced Notre Dame's direction a handful of times, the defense came up big when it needed to, and Pitt had a handful of great opportunities to escape South Bend with a win, but the Irish successfully dodged a few bullets and came out on top when it mattered the most.

If you ask Brian Kelly, his 9-0 Fighting Irish didn't get lucky on Saturday. The way that he sees it, winning teams make the most of their opportunities and earn everything they get.

"Most of the time you're making your luck and you're playing through some rough spots. I've never had a team that's won because it was lucky. But I've had many teams that were fortunate because they were good football teams and they found a way to win." Kelly told reporters yesterday during their weekly teleconference. 

"I don't think that I've ever had a lucky football team, I think I've had a team that's gotten some breaks along the way, but generally those teams have earned them along the way." he added.

Over the next three weeks Notre Dame will travel to Boston College, host Wake Forest in South Bend, and then head to sunny southern California for their season finale against USC.


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