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Jimbo Fisher Postgame quotes from Bethune-Cookman



Sept. 21, 2013

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FSU Head Coach Jimbo Fisher

Opening Statement:
"Very proud of our team. I thought we went in and did the things we had to do in order to win the game. Still, a lot of room for improvement in my opinion. I think we have to clean some things up, but it was a weird game in the beginning. We were a little undisciplined. I think coming out and trying too hard on defense - we jumped offsides. Just little things that we were trying too hard. You want to go out and prove a point right off the bat and then it was a huge play by Telvin Smith. Being able to make that play because they were doing what they wanted to do, which was eat the clock, shorten the game and I give them credit. They were doing a very nice job in the game. They've got a good ball club, I've said that. They'll be in the l-AA playoffs and be in the tops of that league. A very well-coached football team. We had those plays on offense, we had two-dropped touchdowns and fumbled inside the five (yard line). Those things got to get cleaned up and those are things that our players don't do. But you have to focus. Very proud of our guys. They continue to come back and score, and score, and score, and score and we did it again. We scored before the half, got the ball, were very sharp coming out and got control of the game and then gave up a drive that was very uncharacteristic, took some out and played some young guys and those young guys are going to have to play. We need to get those guys quality snaps and I think they had 18 first downs tonight, that's way too many. We've got to cut that down a little bit, but still the numbers were 9-of-18 on third down, we were 2-of-6 and the last three came with the two's. Disappointed there, we should have executed a little better then and blocked a little better there for some of those guys and we've got to run some routes and do some things there. Red zone chances, we were good there. We had a lot of big plays and ran the football well. Great plays with Devonta (Freeman), I thought he had a great game. I thought Karlos (Williams) ran well. James (Wilder Jr.) had a good solid game, put the ball on the ground. I thought Jameis (Winston) had a very solid game. I think he had four dropped balls and one or two bad reads I would like to take back. We've got a lot of room to grow, but we did the things we needed to do and now we get back in our conference - need to play much better on the road and have to clean a lot of things up, but we're getting to where we need to go."

On Terrance Smith leading in tackles:
"I'm very proud of him. He's developing very much and getting a lot better in practice. I'm very proud of him, he stepped in for Christian (Jones) tonight and it looked like he played a very solid game. We'll look at the film and see, but he made plays."

On Matthew Thomas:
"Matthew Thomas coming off the edge, now that's the other thing, we've got to tackle in space better. I wasn't happy the way we tackled in space at times tonight and we've got to do a better job, maybe switch some guys around a little bit and do some things, but 12 really tackled in space well and made some nice plays."

On if the defense is ready for another big road game:
"It better be. It's coming in seven days, we'll find out. Again, we still gave up 208 yards until they had the last drive. It's just the nickel and dime plays, you're not giving up big plays. That's the way people have to play you - shorten the game, plus if you're explosive on offense people want to do that to you and you'll have to show patience. But, we have to keep improving in all three phases, I'm not happy in all three phases yet. We're still not clicking on all cylinders."

On Jameis Winston's first TD pass of the game:
"He should have thrown the hot route. Down on the goal line we'll allow him to hold it in short areas because you can give ground and lay it. But the guy he was going to do it with got tied up and he just made and outstanding athletic play. It was a tremendous play."

On spreading out the scoring on offense:
"I do it because it makes people in the red zone have to cover everybody, they can't double people. Coverage a lot of times is - if we've got Kenny (Shaw), Rashad (Greene) and K.B (Kelvin Benjamin) one-on-one - we've tried to get Nick (O'Leary) two or three balls tonight, it wasn't him. I don't mind it because if we can't get the ball to those guys, we'll run it. You try to force balls to people, but you let the game get to you. We've got enough good players in different places and whatever they play we'll take."

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