FSU offensive coordinator Kendal Briles met with the media on Tuesday for the first time since former Seminoles head coach Willie Taggart was dismissed after the Miami game. Briles spoke on a number of topics, including the job interim head coach Odell Haggins has done in his two weeks in his new role, the play of FSU’s quarterbacks, the focus of the offense during its second open date and whether or not he would like to be considered to be the Seminoles’ next head coach.
“Odell is a guy that loves this university and everybody loves him, so I think situationally with him being able to get in front of the team, those guys rally upon him and the love he has for the university and the players,” said Briles, when asked about the energy and stability Haggins has brought to the program in the short term. “I think its real, I think the passion is real and I think that’s why we have been able to have a little bit of success.”
Briles is also appreciative Haggins is letting him have total control of the offense both from a scheme and personnel perspective since he took over for Taggart.
“It’s been great,” said Briles. “Odell, like I said, I think he’s done that not just with me but with everybody. He’s letting the players play freely and the coaches coach. And that’s what you would expect from a guy taking over in this situation is to not get too involved in something he doesn’t particulary know a whole lot about. You know he’s been coaching the defensive line (while being interim head coach). He’s been awesome. I love Odell. He is a tremendous person and I feel very blessed to working with him.”
He was also asked if he would like to be considered to be FSU’s next head coach.
“Of course,” said Briles as he laughed. “Are you kidding me? It’s a top-10 job in the country. And you’ve got great leadership and administrative people here. Absolutely, but right now I am just trying to get through this practice and get ready for the next one.”
For more Kendal Briles post-practice press conference please click on the YouTube link below.