Eighty-Six Million…. Yes, you read that right..
An eight, a six and six zeroes. $86,000,000!
That is what it would cost Texas A&M to move on from Jimbo Fisher as their head football coach following this debacle of a football season.
Even up to a few days ago it was unthinkable that the program would be in this position. The #1 recruiting class in the world in 2022, a young potential star quarterback, and oh yeah, that $86 Million thing. But here we are, with two games left in the 2022 season, officially eliminated from bowl contention, after losing their 6th straight game in a pathetic 13-10 loss to a bad Auburn team who already fired their coach.
It’s time to say it, it’s time for Jimbo to go.
The numbers are staggering really. Out of 131 FBS programs, on a per game basis the Aggies rank:
108th in scoring
68th in passing yards
78th in passing touchdowns
60th in yards per rush
87th in first downs gained
111th in completion percentage
If a head coach is going to have his stamp firmly placed on one side of the ball, as Jimbo Fisher does on the Aggies’ offense, he has to be accountable for their performance, and the Texas A&M offense has been anemic all year. In a year in which 56 teams have averaged 30 points or more per game, the Aggies barely managed to score over 30 points against week 1 FCS opponent Sam Houston State, and haven’t reached that number since.
As much as Jimbo wants to tell you that the players aren’t executing, it’s the play callers job to put his players in position to execute. Just look at the stack of papers Jimbo holds on the sideline when he’s calling plays. How can you possibly believe you have a cohesive plan and thought process with all that chaos in your hands?
Oct 8, 2022; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Texas A&M Aggies head coach Jimbo Fisher tries to call a timeout during the first half against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports
Combine that with the multiple timeouts he has to burn on a weekly basis because he was too busy arguing with an official, or digging through his papers and couldn’t get the right personnel on the field, or get the play called in time, and it’s easy to see why the offense is so disorganized and flat out bad.
Then there’s the locker room and discipline problems. Over the course of the year, somewhere around 10 different players have been subject to some level of program discipline, whether it’s breaking curfew the night before a massive primetime game or vaping in the locker room after a road loss, there’s been consistent problems. Then on Saturday night against Auburn, Moose Muhammad III was dressed, and on the sideline but didn’t play a single snap because he was wearing sleeves that he refused to take off.
After building what seemed to be a massive amount of momentum as a program the last two years, the bottom has fallen out, and there’s only one man to blame, and if the program is going to bounce back, they’ll need to move on from the head coach.