Jimbo Fisher received a monster contract this year from Texas A&M worth $75 million over 10 years, but ESPN’s Booger McFarland is skeptical that he’s worth that much.
On Sunday morning, McFarland called Fisher’s 2017 coaching performance “the most disappointing job in CFB.” McFarland added that Fisher is “a pass-happy coach who inherits a team that has been too soft over the last several years.”
The guy who did the most disappointing coaching job in CFB got paid the most money ever , Jimbo is a pass happy coach who inherits a team that has been too soft over the last several years Aggies are loaded with athletes however so let’s see how this goes
— Booger (@ESPNBooger) December 17, 2017
Through the years, McFarland has been consistent in his criticism of Texas A&M and calling Kevin Sumlin’s teams soft. But the Fisher comments are a new wrinkle. Florida State began the 2017 season ranked No. 3 in the country, but the Seminoles lost the first game of the season to Alabama and lost quarterback Deondre Francois for the season in that same game.
From there, Florida State’s season spiraled, but perhaps more than it should have. The Seminoles needed to reschedule a game against UL-Monroe on the last week of the season to make a bowl game. While Francois is a great player, there is no excuse for the Seminoles going from a national title contender to a mediocre 6-6 football team because of his injury. That is especially true, considering Fisher has shown that he can develop quarterbacks. Freshman James Blackman struggled in replacing Francois.
With the big paychecks that Fisher is getting, he has to bring results to Texas A&M, which has lost at least five games in each of the last four seasons. The Aggies went 7-5 this year, which was enough for Sumlin, who had a $10 million buyout, to be fired.
The Aggies wrap up their 2017 season on Dec. 29, when they take on Wake Forest in the Belk Bowl. Fisher will not coach in the bowl game. Jeff Banks will serve as the interim coach.