Former Florida State defensive back Bryant McFadden, now an analyst for CBSsports.com, joined “XL Primetime” on 1010XL radio in Jacksonville Wednesday night to discuss the Seminoles’ slow start in 2018.
“We haven’t seen what we expected to see,” McFadden told 1010XL. “I think the hype that was connected with (Willie) Taggart throughout the off-season – I mean there was so much hype around him and what he was going to provide as far as an unbelievable offense, an extremely fast offense and an offense that can put up points with the best of them.
“I did not expect us to dominate from start to finish with a new staff, a new scheme, and a new philosophy. I felt like it would take players time to adapt to the new scheme on both sides of the football, but I also did not expect us to struggle the way we have been struggling in the first two ballgames.
“That Virginia Tech team is a pretty good team, but we had so many miscues and that was our game for us to win. Then struggling against Samford is something I never expected.”
What does McFadden see as the problem in Tallahassee?
“I’m not going to question the effort, but it’s just about the scheme and the fundamentals,” McFadden said. “The thing about the game last week is, we knew we were more talented than Samford, but you are playing against a team that is not afraid of you anymore.
“They came in and established and made it difficult for us. If we can fine tune the little things, we should be ok.”
McFadden, who played at Florida State from 2002-2004, has advice for this Florida State team.
“The players have to take it personal,” McFadden said. “When I was at Florida State, playing under Mickey Andrews, we did not try and trick anybody. It wasn’t trick-or-treat football trying to fool you. You knew what we were going to do, and we played ‘my man is better than your man’ type of football.
“We took it personal and I think players now have to do the same thing.
“Also, when you look at the coaching staff, the personnel is totally different than what they are used to. So, you have to be able to adjust to the personnel that you currently have. Until you are able to get your type of guy in there.”
What does McFadden expect this week when Florida State heads to Syracuse for its first road game of the season?
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