FSU football will have a head coach and an offensive coordinator who has worked with one another before running the offense.
FSU football fans rejoiced when Kendal Briles was hired by Willie Taggart before the start of spring camp last season. Briles was a proven offensive coordinator with explosive offenses, so Nole fans thought he’d be able to turn things around after an atrocious 2018 season.
The first half of the Boise State game looked like it was the right move as the Noles hammered the Broncos for 31 points in the first half of the season opener.
However, they were shutout in the second half, which would become a common theme for the Nole offense the remainder of the season. Quickstarts and crawling to the finish line was the narrative.
Briles did improve the offense, as the scoring average increased by a touchdown, and the average yards per play increased over half a yard.
Third down conversions increased, and the offense improved in the red zone compared to 2018. However, the offense could only go up from what it was the previous season.
Although things were better, the ‘Briles offense didn’t live up to the hype. The play calling at times was questionable, and it seems the offense went fast just to go fast without being able to execute the play.
It’s something head coach Mike Norvell, and FSU offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham pointed out when describing their offense. It doesn’t matter how fast an offense goes if there’s no purpose or solid execution of the actual play. Norvell and Dillingham have a long history together, and like Briles, they have proven their offense can be among the best in the nation.
I think their history and synergy together will help improve the FSU offense in 2020.