Monday Mailbag: Clements and Briles, 2019 record, FSU Basketball

In between this mailbag and the one we published last Monday, Florida State has made some interesting moves. The Seminoles fired offensive line coach Greg Frey on Friday and have been moving toward officially hiring Randy Clements to take his place ever since. The relationship between Clements and offensive coordinator Kendal Briles made this move essentially a no-brainer.

Shortly after Frey was let go, we were informed that offensive lineman Landon Dickerson had removed himself from the Transfer Portal, which was confirmed earlier today. Also, FSU Basketball is surging forward after a school-record seven straight ACC victories. The ‘Noles will be put to the test later this week in road games at Clemson and North Carolina.

Let’s hop into the questions for this weeks mailbag.

When would you think Clements hire will be announced and what current coach might be replaced? – Lee Jackson

With the news that Randy Clements is already on campus and talking to prospects, I expect this hire to be announced sometime this week and it wouldn’t surprise me if it’s within the next 48 hours. With the coach already being in Tallahassee and on campus, reportedly in Frey’s old office no less, it looks like FSU is moving quickly to make it official.

Heck, it might already be official and they just haven’t put out the announcement yet.

Now that Clements is going to be hired, what about special teams and defensive backs coaches? Could Terrell Buckley join the staff? – Ben Baker

We still don’t have anything new to report into FSU’s attempt to hire a new special teams coach or defensive backs coach. As of now, Mark Snyder has taken over the special teams unit while Odell Haggins is managing the entire defensive line. We’re still expecting the ‘Noles to pursue a coach to help out with the defensive backs and the top candidates are Terrell Buckley and Wesley McGriff.

When I look at the schedule I see 8-4, 9-3. I was just wondering what NoleGameday thinks about this schedule and how FSU will fair? – @BUCS_N_NOLES

Yeah, that’s around where my prediction was on Hear The Spear earlier this offseason. I said 8-4 with losses to Clemson and Florida and then two losses out of NC State, Miami, Syracuse, and Boston College.

It all starts up front and the addition of Briles will be imperative to this teams success in 2019.

Score prediction for FSU vs UNC on Saturday? – Weston Perry

With Florida State likely entering a tough road game riding eight straight ACC wins, this game is going to be an absolute war. North Carolina has won nine of its last 11 games but they do have a battle of their own against No. 1 Duke three days before playing the Seminoles.

I think FSU’s hot streak and the fatigue the Tar Heels will still have from the game against the Blue Devils will be the difference in the ‘Noles walking out of Chapel Hill with an 82-77 win.

Jimbo Fisher and Rick Trickett had different philosophies as well as Coach Taggart and Coach Frey. Do you think having Coach Briles and Coach Clements who have similar philosophies and understanding of his offense that things will gel better with the O line? – Jarrett Leedy

Absolutely, those are some of the reasons that offensive line ended up being as bad as it was, along with the failures on the recruiting trail. Briles and Clements have worked together at both Baylor and Houston and they know how to be successful together. That’s one reason Briles pushed so badly for the offensive line coach to join him in Tallahassee.

Their previous relationship and familiarity with how the other works will be a big part of how they work to turn the line and offense as a whole around.

if you had to choose between Cam Akers or Travis Jay playing QB, who would you choose? – Zack Moore

Tough decision because Cam Akers was a stud at quarterback during his time in high school and outperformed Travis Jay at the position. However, if you move Akers to quarterback you lose him at running back. Jay throws a nice football and he’s dynamic on the ground. Imagine the two next to each other running the RPO.

I do believe it’d be extremely interesting to see Akers at quarterback with all of his athleticism and his arm. There’s no doubt he’d put on a show.

Will Nick Starkel pick Arkansas or Florida State? – Sheldon Walker

With the way I see it, Florida State has an extremely attractive situation to just about any quarterback. The Seminoles have just two scholarship quarterbacks and only one is currently eligible plus James Blackman only started one game last season even though he’s far and away the favorite to win the job in 2019 at the moment.

There’s no proven starter here and that means if someone comes in and wows the coaches, they’ll likely be the starter. If Nick Starkel enjoys his visit I see no reason why FSU shouldn’t be at the top of his destinations.

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