As someone who was previously the head coach and inherited the anxiety of another coach, his opinion was that it was incredibly difficult to know if players were really on board with a new regime. Often times, he said, players will tell a new coach what he wants to hear. They will appease him and assure him that he will follow his direction. And then, as soon as he turns his back, they will undermine his authority because he is not the coach he was originally signed to play for.
The coach said that the challenge was difficult for any new coach to handle, but it was exponentially more difficult. when a program is messy, the way it was in Florida when Jimbo Fisher left after the 2017 season. And he believes FSU supporters should therefore give more time to Taggart ̵
Now, I'm sure many of you were just rolling your eyes when reading this. You will mention other programs where the turnaround happened much faster – maybe in the first year, but definitely in the second.
And for the most part, I would be inclined to agree with you. As bad as it was when he took over, I still think Tagart made a tactical mistake by trying to hug those players and win them with kindness in his first year. I think he misread the situation and asked the players to respect him instead of asking them to do so.
And I believe this is part of the reason Tagart is still struggling with the discipline of this team after 21 months of work. That's why players make such stupid penalties during matches and why coaches have had to punish several veteran players in recent weeks: