September 20, 2011

Insider Report: Early mistakes hurt FSU against OU






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As Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher reflected back on Saturday's 23-13 loss to No. 1 Oklahoma on Monday afternoon, it was the missed opportunities that still stung him.


He liked much of what he saw on the film, but still felt his team let a huge opportunity slip away.



"Finished up grading and looking at the game from last week," he said before practice on Monday. "Looked at some of the opportunities we should have capitalized on and had a chance to take advantage of and I'm very disappointed in some things. Did some good things in the game, but had some great opportunities in that game that we should have seized. Some opportunities on both sides of the ball, and in the special teams, all three phases had opportunities we could have taken advantages of and didn't."


The mistakes made early by the offense, a holding call on the first drive that negated a 23-yard touchdown pass, and a motion penalty that set up an interception on the ensuing drive, were what he felt hurt the most. He also wasn't pleased that OU was able to open the game with a 15-play scoring drive.


"There's three I's you've got to play with immediacy, intensity, and intelligence," Fisher said. "Immediacy off the bat, that was the one thing, as great as we played on defense I felt that we didn't have it right off the bat and we let a score happen. Offense we moved down scored, had a touchdown called back, very disappointing… I think those drives early were very disappointing."


Fisher did like plenty of things he saw on the film as well, but it still amounted to a loss. He had no interest in taking solace in the fact that his team hung with the top-ranked team in the country.


"We did some good things on all parts, but at the same point moral victories are not what we're here for," he said. "We had an opportunity to win that football game and we didn't do it. Oklahoma is a great football team and hats off to them, now we have to put that one behind us and move on into our conference schedule, and get ready to play."


Running game still missing


Through the first two games of the season FSU is averaging just 96.3 yards per game (ranked 100th in the nation) and an abysmal 3.18 yards per carry (ranks 95th best).



Those struggles were on full display Saturday as FSU finished with 27 yards rushing--- for the game.


"We've got to block better. We've to got to find some holes and we've got to block better and be consistent," Fisher said of the running game. "There were some good things, but we've got to get better in the running game. We've got to be able to line up and run the football, there's no doubt. To take pressure off the quarterback, the pass rush, and things that go on, and we have to get better at it. There's no doubt. We're not playing like we're capable of and they know it, it's not anything there, we just have to get it done."


Despite the lack of running game against the Sooners, Fisher was pleased with Bryan Stork's move to center and Jacob Fahrenkrug to left guard. Said things were much better inside.


Starting right tackle Zebrie Sanders said he felt after the switch that offensive line will start to produce better results in the run game the more they play together.


"I feel like with the switching around of Stork and Fahrenkrug we're going to get it gelling here soon," he said after practice on Monday. "We're doing a lot in the run game in practice, working on our hand placement, and just the whole scheme of run plays. So I think we're going to get it going soon and we're going to look to turn it around this last eight or nine games of the season."


Notables


  • Quarterback E.J. Manuel had an MRI on Monday afternoon, which Fisher said didn't show any structural damage to his left AC joint in his shoulder.


  • Greg Ried and Everett Dawkins both didn't practice on Monday due what Fisher called tweaked ankles. He said it was mostly precautionary and expected them both back later in the week.


  • Receiver Willie Haulstead is still out after suffering a preseason concussion and Fisher didn't sound confident he would return anytime soon.




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