"Now that Bobby Bowden's hands are no longer bound by family ties, there's no reason for him to not make a more objective analysis of his program. He's been loyal to a fault in the past, but he owes it to himself and to the FSU football program to start with a clean slate, if necessary."
Randy Beard,Tallahassee Democrat
"Jeff Bowden replaced now-Georgia head coach Mark Richt as the Seminoles' offensive coordinator in 2001.
In Richt's final season, the Seminoles averaged 42.4 points and 549 yards a game on their way to a national title game against Oklahoma - totals never approached during Jeff Bowden's six years as coordinator.
In the last three seasons, Florida State has averaged fewer than 30 points a game - for the first time since the 1981 season."
St. Pete Times
"FSU has won two national titles under Bobby Bowden but has not competed for a national title since 2000, the year before Jeff Bowden took over as offensive coordinator. During Jeff Bowden's six-year tenure the Seminoles have lost 25 games with two games remaining. That's as many losses as the previous 17 seasons. FSU has lost at least five games in three of those six seasons and nine of the last 15 games.
The FSU offense, which ranked first in total offense and third in scoring in 2000 prior to Jeff Bowden's reign, has not ranked in the top 25 under Jeff Bowden. FSU has not ranked in the top 20 in scoring offense since 2000, when Mark Richt was the coordinator before becoming the head coach at Georgia."
"In his book "The Bowden Way," released five years ago this month, Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden wrote that when confronted with the possibility of not being able to promote his son, Jeff, to be FSU's offensive coordinator in 2000, he made up his mind to resign rather than hire someone else to replace Mark Richt.
As we all now know, former FSU president Sandy D'Alemberte relented in a behind-the-scenes power struggle and allowed Bowden to hire the youngest of his six children to run the Seminoles' offense. To avoid breaking FSU's nepotism rules, Jeff Bowden never directly reported to his father and Athletics Director Dave Hart determined Jeff's salary, not his father."
"As you'd expect, Bobby is treating Jeff's resignation almost like a death in the family. In three decades of coaching FSU, the angriest any of us can remember seeing him is when he has defended his son.
But there is no defense anymore. Why? Because FSU no longer has an offense. The "o" in offense should not be mistaken for a big, fat zero. Certainly not against Wake Forest."
Peter Kerasotis,Florida Today
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
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