On the field, offensively and in win/loss, they have far exceeded expectations. Defensively, we have underperformed. I love Coach Heupel so this is not a direct criticism of him, but the defense has to get better. They single-handedly cost us the SCar game and our shot at the playoffs. I honestly don't see how anyone can argue that.
No one who has enrolled is just going to leave. They may have not signed a NLI, but they are still enrolled. To leave now would mean transferring, which they could just as easily do if we wait until after the 21st to pursue LBs and DBs.
You can blame Golesh leaving, but no matter how you look at it, this is the second straight year that FSU has snagged a guy we really wanted. Somehow, maybe through NIL, they are out recruiting us in the portal. And after the season we just had, with our offensive numbers, I'm still baffled how Morlock chose FSU over us. It blows my mind.
My honest opinion, at this point, I don't believe we're going to be super aggressive in the portal. It would be nice though if we did try to address some of our defensive woes.
Some posters are looking for sunshine and rainbows. And there are plenty of things to be positive about. We had an amazing season. We have a really good recruiting class that I genuinely believe will make our team better in a couple of years. I'm not of the belief as some are that freshmen are going to come in right away and make things better. Offensively, any needs we have are because of players graduating and/or moving on to the NFL. But defensively, why can we all not just be honest and admit our defense this year was subpar when it comes to passing defense? We played the run great, but teams basically passed the ball at will on us. We made not good QBs look like absolute studs. If we hope to continue moving forward as a team, we absolutely have to have a better defense. And it's not being negative to point out that reality. I'm not expecting miracles, but I also don't think it's wrong for fans to recognize such an obvious weakness and look for it to be fixed.
I know what the last 15 years have been like. I'm extremely appreciative of Josh Heupel and this team and what they have accomplished. But fans are allowed to have expectations, especially realistic ones. It's not unrealistic to expect to see improvement from a passing defense that was abysmal this year.