Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Guest Blogger: Chant Rant

Rich from Chant Rant is back to guest blog this year. The Seminoles look like they are ready to ascend to the top of the ACC again. But how does it look from the inside? My questions and Rich's answers are below.

ATLEagle: The offense seems fairly balanced between run and pass. Aside from being more efficient is there anything new that Jimbo has done this year?

Chant Rant:
Almost everything has changed under Jimbo. From the morning after Bowden announced his retirement, the program evolved to be more like today's cutting edge college football powers. When Jimbo coached under Nick Saban, he absorbed what Saban calls "The Process." Jimbo installed that system at FSU and it's already paying dividends.

The Process encompasses everything from a new strength and conditioning coach -- and a different approach to physical development, to personalized nutrition regimens for each player. Jimbo has brought in sports psychologists to do motivational training. He broke down the dressing room division between offense and defense, assigning lockers at random for a cohesive team atmosphere. Practice sessions have a new format and urgency. And, of course, the addition of five new on-field assistant coaches help ensure that the staff is all on the same page, unlike the last few years when there was apparent dissension.

ATLeagle: After years of playing man under Andrews, you are playing much more zone. Do you think the team will still be able to generate pressure on BC?

Chant Rant:
True, Mickey Andrew’s trademark was man-to-man, while Stoops has installed the zone as he knows it. But saying the Noles are all-zone all-the-time would be off-target. As defensive players have become more familiar with the system, Stoops has been able to throw more surprises at opponents, from mixing up zone and man coverage to creative blitz packages. One result is sacks -- enough to lead the nation. Jimbo Fisher emphasizes that those sacks are coming from three different areas: A fierce rush by the front four, blitzes, and by WR-blanketing coverage. So while offensive coordinators and QBs had little doubt about what to expect from Andrews’ defense -- especially in recent years -- Stoops is throwing curves and change-ups.

ATLeagle: I know you are only half a season into the Fisher era, but do you think he has Florida State back on a path to dominance? What is benchmarks are you looking for as he builds the team?

Chant Rant:
For FSU fans there's just one benchmark that really counts, and that's beating the hated rivals from Gainesville (aka, the gators). Bobby Bowden did it in his second year at the helm of the Noles. As the season develops, FSU fans are becoming emboldened enough to think Fisher could do it in his first year.

Sure, ACC Championships are fine. And having a shot at a national title again would be a dream come true. But it all begins and ends with beating Florida. And because Urban Meyer's team has been a major factor in the championship race in recent years, a win over UF would be a key factor in Florida State's return to national prominence.

ATLeagle: What is your prediction for the game?

Chant Rant:
It's easy for odds makers and sportswriters to predict an FSU win coming off Jimbo's first-year signature win over Miami. But this game has the recipe for a major emotional letdown by the Noles. Add to that the physical factor. As a contact inside the program told me before the game, "This will be a black and blue game, after which players on both teams will spend three days in the hot tubs."

On the other side, I expect B.C. to be fired up with something to prove to the ACC and the nation. So while I look for an FSU win, it won't be easy and could be down to the wire. Especially if the Noles start out unfocused and still recovering from the bumps and bruises of last Saturday.


cwm2005 said...

It's kind of refreshing to see outside bloggers predict games based on how BC should be playing or how BC was projected to play.

The line is three TD's, and based on how this team is playing, a margin of defeat less than two TDs would be a minor miracle

Danny Boy said...

Everyone in their right mind would think BC would be fired up, with something to prove. But the same could be said for the last 3 games.

If Marsco sets foot on the field, I worry that he'll be out the rest of the year with PTSD.

Lets hope FSU breaks out the trusted "Unconquered" all-black unis for this.

mod34b said...

You can almost feel the enormous size of the FSU ego/pride by the calmness of the comments. They are expecting a blow out. Can't say I blame them

The FSU game plan will be simple: Pass at will against BC (FSU also has a very good running game, should that be needed); On defense, stuff the BC run, and force BC to pass under heavy blitzing and swarming short coverage which should yield 3-and-outs and turn overs.

Ponder did well passing against the BC defense last year (69% completion for 341 yards).

We need Rettig to be good, but more importantly, we need the defense to play better -- much better.

We also need some -- ok, alot of -- luck. Surprise me Eagles, surprise me!

Dannyboy -- I hear you on the lack of motivation and fire on this team -- that has got to change too.

BCMike said...

Classy job by Chant Rant.

John said...

After reading about "The Process" I fear we will get killed on Saturday.

These guys will roll it up too. Are you ready for some football, Tranquill?

New nickname - 2nd and 9 Tranquill.

John said...

Is Rettig projected to start/play? If he is, I will watch the game. If not, I don't want to watch the massacre.

AlbanyEagle said...

There is blood in the water, and these guys are going to bring it.

I can't remember ever feeling as frightened going into a game as I do this week. Same probably goes for Spaz. Hope the team feels differently.

Only hope is they go into this as a gut check game, and some on-the-field leaders step up, snatch control of this sinking ship, and steam it right down the 'Noles collective throat.
(Are you there, Herzy? Chase? Luke? AC?)

Ry said...
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Ry said...

ESPN published their team previews for the ACC, including BC.

Dan said...

Well some good news finally... maybe.

As per this AP blurb, Rettig is ready to go for Saturday, Shinskie is out with a concussion and Bordner has moved up to #3.

mod34b said...

Concusion? Shinskie really did get banged around. Once he gets hit in the head, his judgement is gone, followed by confusion, pic-6 and benching... "Wha happened????" He was heard to mumble

Dan said...

To take a contrarian view here, looking at the depth chart has me feeling pretty good about the future. Assuming Rettig works out, 3 of our 4 receivers are also in their first year and have all shown flashes. Thats without taking into account Larmond and Pantale who each have 2 years left after this one and Philips who we haven't gotten a great glimpse of yet. Couple this with our usually strong defense, Montel and a solid recruiting class and we have the makings of a significant upsurge.

Donovan seems to be quickly be putting things in place for B-ball but is probably looking at 1-2 mediocre years before any decent success. York, well he's just the F-ing man and has turned the hockey team into probably the best unknown dynasty in the country.

So despite all the pessimism on here, I think this rough patch might just be the dark point before the dawn of a Golden Age in BC Athletics.

Either that or it's Wednesday and I need a little nudge getting through the rest of the week!!


eagleboston said...

I'm hoping we can keep within 30 points of "The Process." I can't remember the last time I felt this bad about BC football. You have to go all the way back to the Henning years and the gambling scandal.