With an unprecedented 1-3 start to the 2017 season, several Florida State assistant coaches have come under fire from fans and media. However, defensive coordinator Charles Kelly has probably bore the brunt of the criticism.
On Monday, two days follow FSU’s heartbreaking 24-20 loss to Miami, head coach Jimbo Fisher was asked about this performance of Kelly.
“I have extreme confidence in Charles, Charles is a great football coach” said Fisher. “He coached a very good game but they made a couple plays at the end. He’s done a really nice job. We will continue with Charles being our coordinator, we'll go through this year and hopefully he can finish the year very strong."
— Warchant.com (@Warchant) October 9, 2017
Last year, Kelly received a new five-year contract. He is currently receiving an annual salary of 858,000, and then will receive $883,000 in 2018-19; he will stay at that salary during the final three years of the deal.
In the second half of the loss to Miami, the Seminole defense gave up 280 yards and 24 points. The final 14 points came on UM’s final two drives that went 75-yards each. The defense also surrendered five third down conversions of 10 or more yards during the game.
Florida State who returned nine starters from the 2016 defense, currently ranks No. 28 in total defense, No. 26 in rushing defense and No. 71 in pass efficiency defense.