Jimbo Fisher’s struggles at Texas A&M raise questions, cast shadows on beef with Alabama’s Nick Saban

the meat You might be vegan this week. That’s another way of saying that the feud between Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher that lit up the talk season this summer is as meaty as the Beyond Burger.

The coaches made peace… as much peace they could make between clenched teeth.

“It’s over,” Fisher said this week. “He and I are doing well. We’ve moved on.”

We may be able to judge that by AlabamaSaturday’s victory margin. If Saban decided to put a number on the Aggies (24 underdogs, according to Caesars Sportsbook), he apparently could. Texas A&M He quarrels after losing 18 points to Mississippi That followed the annoyance of Appalachian State A few weeks ago.

This alone distracts from what was initially expected to be Game of the Year due to the extreme hostility alone. Add Jimbo who was hacked as Saban’s first assistant to beat the Master last season, and you’ve got a view of the dates.

Except that the storylines have shifted faster than the tempo crime. Texas A&M enters near the bottom nationwide in times played per game (56.2). This is part of the problem for the coach once known as the offensive mastermind and quarterback developer.

Fisher has not been lately. he is too I found a spot on the hot seat – Or whatever you call double achievement in the fifth year, with nine years remaining on his 10-year contract.

The Aggies are out of the National Championship chase and on the cusp of getting rid of the SEC race. There is pressure on Fisher Productions. There is also pressure on Texas A&M officials and reinforcements to locate the line before that they Produce – buy money.

There are those who will tell you that there is no pressure at all. As one FBS coach told CBS Sports, “There is no middle Texas A&M. If they can have enough money in the bank [to pay the coach]Someone can write the check [to fire him]. “

Given this 10-year guaranteed contract, these reinforcements and officials have a lot to do with this situation. They are all in. That’s what Texas A&M usually does. In fact, that’s what college football does these days. It just becomes a measure of risk tolerance and the number of zeros in the nodes.

Already in the last month, we saw a major experiment fail Arizona. NebraskaHis original unmissable son… he missed, forcing the Kornhusker family to restart another run. Wisconsin A coach was fired with a win rate of 0.720.

Is Fisher about to become a victim of Bloody Sunday? Not very similar.

However, it is worth asking how much patience is left after losing Mississippi. Fischer has yet to find a stable midfielder. Novice Heinz King was put off the bench after a slow start. Backup Max Johnson is injured one day in Alabama.

It is complicated. Fisher inherited the Aggies career pass leader, Kellen Mond, when he arrived in 2018. Backup Zach Calzada beat Alabama last year and is now on the bench at Auburn

Fisher left the door open to the reality of Conor Wegman, a freshman five-star playing on Saturday.

“What do you want me to do, call Nick and tell him?” Fisher said when I pushed on the issue.

The answer is part of Fisher’s trump card for critics. He/she can sell the future. The first ever recruiting class from this past cycle is a slide to be played. The future is not now, it is in 2023 and 2024 that this category is supposed to mature and contribute. Given that, this year has always looked like an eight-win season – a transitional year… if Aggie Nation can swallow hard enough.

It might also reflect what Fisher is these days: a major recruit who has lost his offensive touch. This is not necessarily something to be ashamed of. There were coaches who won championships as CEOs who bought groceries and let assistants cook the meal.

Meanwhile, Fisher probably owes Bryce Young a “thank you” note. Young’s shoulder condition overshadows this week’s game. The Heisman and Alabama Cup winner who started the quarterback playing day in and day out with a shoulder sprain AC suffered last Saturday against Arkansas.

We’ve come this far before we mention that both teams may start creating backup backs. Both coaches will benefit from their performances until kick-off. Does it make any difference?

Regardless, the May events It is definitely old news. When they were available at SEC Media Days, we asked Fisher how he could come to terms with a colleague and former boss whom he called a “narcissist.”

“You are not from West Virginia, Are you? asked Fisher. (Both Fisher and Saban are Mountain State residents.)

Jimbo then went on to describe how West Virginians can be at each other’s throat one minute and be friends 5 minutes later. Take interesting. This week, it landed in the Old Tales Chest.

The issues are bigger in rivalry and league. Georgia look weak. Lynn Kevin Ole Miss Sounds like a legitimate competitor in SEC West. Tennessee He got his best start since 2016.

But revenge is better than WrestleMania. So does the uncertainty quarterback.

One program at the top. The other desperately wants to be there. Throw in millions of dollars, stir eagerly and serve hot.

Is that enough meat for you?

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