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Jimbo Fisher must take advantage of analyst positions when rebuilding Florida State staff

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I have written about what changes I expect to be made to the Florida State offensive coaching staff, and I also have written about what changes I expect to be made to the Florida State defensive coaching staff.

Another critical area where the Seminoles can improve their coaching staff comes at the analyst position.

“Analysts” on college football coaching staffs don’t coach from the field. They aren’t allowed to recruit. Their responsibilities can range from breaking down recruiting tape to scouting opponents to almost anything in between.

Consider them the assistants’ assistants, an extra set of eyes or hands.

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Some analysts – who are paid much less than on-field assistants – are up-and-coming coaches looking to get a foot in the door; others are big-name coaches between jobs, like Dameyune Craig, who’s currently an analyst at FSU.

Another example: Alabama hired Steve Sarkisian as an analyst last season. He was promoted to offensive coordinator after Lane Kiffin was shown the door before last season’s national championship game, then left to become the Atlanta Falcons’ coordinator.

Alabama has led college football when it comes to hiring analysts. They have had more high-profile analysts than any other program in the nation. The school’s seemingly unlimited football resources allow the Tide to essentially have a second entire coaching staff of somewhat “off the books” employees aiding the official coaching staff.

FSU needs to start playing more aggressively in the analyst game. As I have mentioned, it’s going to be costly for Florida State to regain its position as an elite program, and this is another example of that.

I want to see FSU bring in top football minds who are either former coaches waiting for another gig or rising guys in the business. Here are three who can help position groups currently struggling.

Kez McCorvey. The former Seminoles wide receiver was a phenomenal route runner who could definitely help with teaching the fundamentals of the position. He has coaching experience on the high school, college and CFL levels. He is older and definitely can serve as a role model to help the receivers mature.

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