Mickey Andrews sees same traits in Willie Taggart that he saw in Bobby Bowden, Bear Bryant – Tallahassee.com
Haggins talks about the vibe surrounding practice and personnel decisions. Jordan Culver/Democrat
Fomer FSU defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews won two national titles as a player at Alabama.(Photo: Democrat file)Buy Photo
Defensive coordinators at Florida State will forever be compared to Mickey Andrews.
Andrews coached under legendary FSU coach Bobby Bowden for 26 years from 1984-2009, and produced some of the best defenses and defensive players in college football history.
Even after his retirement, Andrews has stuck around the FSU program, and is starting to get to know new coach Willie Taggart.
“I met him the day of the press conference and spoke with him a short while,” Andrews told the Tallahassee Democrat.
“Then I was out at practice on Tuesday. Coach (Jim) Gladden and I had a short visit with him. I’m impressed with what I see.”
Taggart is a major departure from the previous coaching style of Jimbo Fisher, but Andrews compares coaches to professional golfers with the way different coaching styles work.
“None of their swings look the same and yet they can all play golf at the highest level,” Andrews said.
“It’s the same way with coaches. Some people have success by encouragement. Some people are just downright hard-nosed where it’s getting kids to play hard and fight on every play in practice or the off-season program.”
Fisher was a screamer.
If you walked by the practice fields during practice, you were guaranteed to hear him getting after at least one player during that time.
Now you hear music coming out of practice instead of all the screaming.
“I need some juice too,” Taggart said.
“I can’t be bored on the first day it was kind of dead,