Florida State coach Willie Taggart knows what happened on the gridiron in 2018 was unacceptable.
The Seminoles are coming off their first losing season since 1976 after a 41-14 loss to No. 11 Florida Saturday, and Taggart isn’t wasting time trying to fix the FSU program.
Taggart will meet with each individual player and coach over the next week or two and will evaluate their play/coaching this season.
“I’m going to meet with all of our guys next week, all of our players and evaluate them and then we’re going to make the best decision,” Taggart said after the loss Saturday.
“Timetable, I can’t tell you a timetable when we’re going to make anything right now, but we will do what’s best for Florida State football.”
He’s also going to draw a line in the sand.
He will evaluate the player’s buy-in to the program during that meeting according to a source.
The culture of losing that FSU has built over the past two years can’t be allowed to continue, and Taggart knows that.
He has worked to change that culture around the FSU program, but it was evident on the field this season that not everyone bought in to his vision.
He called out his players for quitting during the Seminoles 59-10 loss to Clemson on Oct. 27.
That’s not exactly surprising considering Taggart was in his first year with the program and didn’t recruit 80 percent of the players on the roster.
There were bound to be some players that resented the change.
Those players will have the option to get in line or will be encouraged to move on according to the source.
The coaching staff at FSU – from Taggart down to the quality control personnel – know that this season wasn’t acceptable to the fans, former players, current players, and themselves.
They’re working to fix it, and that starts by making sure the players on the roster are players that want to be there and want to be a part of fixing the problems that have plagued the Seminoles over the last few seasons.
Some of FSU’s issues this season – namely the offensive line – can only be fixed by bringing in new players and developing the younger players on the roster.
That takes time, and with the early signing period coming up in three weeks from Dec. 19-21, there’s not a lot of time left to make room for the players that FSU needs to bring in.
The FSU staff needs to find out which players they can count on and which players can’t be and move on from those guys.
There’s a “sense of urgency” for the FSU staff to get this fixed quickly and move on to the 2019 season with players and a staff that are all in on Taggart’s vision for the program.
We’ll see who crosses that line to stand with Taggart soon.