Jimbo Fisher isn’t happy with the way hits on quarterbacks are being handled at the collegiate ranks.
Following the Seminoles close loss to ACC rival Clemson on Saturday, Fisher delivered a post-game tirade about the officiating and drew a fine of $20,000 for voicing his grievances. Fisher was irate after a Clemson defender hit Seminole quarterback Deondre Francois with the crown of his helmet; he wanted the defender to be flagged for targeting and disqualified from the rest of the game.
After the game, Fisher called the replay official “bad” for not alerting the field referees to review the play.
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Fisher didn’t directly call for ejections, but he did say that he wanted more severe penalties for hits on quarterbacks. This comes on the heels of NFL quarterback Cam Newton saying he “didn’t feel safe” due to the lack of protection he was getting from the officiating crew.
The issue is a convoluted one that will require serious attention and scrutiny.
Football has become an even more dynamic game with how volume of quarterbacks capable of tucking the ball and running the ball dynamically.
What measures can be taken to ensure the safety of the players but not legislate quarterbacks to be able to do as the please with no recompense? This will surely be a hot topic in the off-season, if not sooner.