Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

McPherson Flop May Wind Up as Blessing

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

McPherson Flop May Wind Up as Blessing

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Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer

It was a highly suspect quarterback rotation to begin with, but it may turn out to be a good thing for Florida State coach Bobby Bowden and his son/offensive coordinator, Jeff.

Backup Adrian McPherson got significant time in Thursday's 48-31 win over Clemson, but failed to complete a pass. Maybe now, Seminoles fans clamoring for "A.D." and coaches wishing to experiment will bag the ridiculous notion that Chris Rix should have lost his starting job.

Granted, Rix isn't perfect and does get happy feet a little too often, but he's a more accurate passer and gives the Seminoles the best chance to win.

Rix should have been under center once he was physically cleared to play after taking that hit from Clemson's Bryant McNeal. The Bowdens and quarterbacks coach Daryl Dickey got away with a huge risk in benching him for McPherson.

FSU's coaches ought to consider themselves lucky they didn't have to pay a heavier price to find out what should have been obvious all along: Rix is the better quarterback. . . .

Did you hear that FSU defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews and Florida special teams coach Jerry Odom have moved in together? Now they're both living on the hot seat. . . . Money was stolen from the wallets of Miami and Kentucky football coaches in the visiting locker room at Florida this season. Apparently, members of the Gators' special teams were guarding the billfolds. . . . If the Jaguars make the playoffs during a season in which they solicited the help of sports psychologists, how long before NFL teams start using Dr. Phil as a consultant? First on the list would be the Browns, who could use a sympathetic ear after their maddening losses to the Chiefs and Steelers. And besides, they've already got a Couch. …

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