College football coaches are known for their “speak.” It often takes broad forms such as only looking ahead to the next game or we’re not worried about injuries or we’re only focused on us.
Sure, Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher is guilty as well, but at least he seems to be a little more specific. Monday he visited with TexAgs radio and gave his two cents about what he wants to see out of his players. Fisher listed five qualities.
“Toughness (mental and physical), effort, discipline, pride, and at the end of the day you’ve got to have a little grit,” Fisher said. “Those things I always tell them are like breathing. We don’t ever think about breathing because we’re worried about every other thing, but if we don’t breathe, we die, no chance. Just because you breathe doesn’t make you successful. These qualities, when you play, they have to be like breathing. They have to be non-negotiable, just habit, just the way I do things. That doesn’t mean you will be successful, but I promise you this, if you don’t, you won’t be successful and you’ll die.”
Now, nobody is literally dying by not doing those five things, but Fisher is likely referring to what it takes to win games on the field. Texas A&M has sent a message that they’re expecting national championships from their new coach.
After winning a national title in 2013, Fisher was lured to College Station to the tune of $75 million over 10 years, though he claims he didn’t do it for the money.
While he’s clearly using the opportunity on the show as a recruiting tool, he also has other issues to worry about on the field. Chief among them is a quarterback battle looming between Nick Starkel and Kellen Mond. Perhaps the one with the greater share of Fisher’s five qualities will win the job.