Unique perspective: Jake Coker hypes up coaching matchup in Alabama-Florida State game
If anyone knows anything about the upcoming Alabama-Florida State game on Sept. 2, you’d think it might be someone who played for both teams.
Jake Coker, who recently announced he was “moving on” from football, made some interesting comments Tuesday morning about Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher on Birmingham’s WJOX 94.5 FM “Opening Drive” show.
Considering there may not be anyone as qualified to rank both head coaches, Coker’s words carry significant weight heading into the Sept. 2 showdown in Atlanta.
“FSU (offense) is kinda like playing defense at Alabama,” Coker said on the air. “Coach Fisher is all about the quarterbacks, he teaches the quarterbacks and Coach Saban is with the DBs, he’s real heavy with the DBs. Very detail oriented, very focused and I think Coach Saban is the best defensive coach I’ve ever been around and Coach Fisher is the best offensive mind I’ve been around.
“Two of the best coaches in football. It’s going to be one hell of a game.”
Those comments from Coker will only increase the hype surrounding a matchup between two legendary programs many believe are capable of winning a national championship this season.
Coker played for Florida State for three years before transferring to Alabama in January 2014. After being beaten out by Blake Sims in his first attempt at the starting job, he helped lead the Crimson Tide to a national championship in 2015. Coker also was part of the Seminoles’ 2013 national championship team as Jameis Winston’s backup.