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After Jalen Ramsey-Jimbo Fisher debate, who deserves credit for a player’s success?

By Matt Baker
Who deserves the credit for developing former Florida State star Jalen Ramsey? [ EVE EDELHEIT | Times ]

As you might have seen, Texas A&M touted Jimbo Fisher's defensive backs development on Twitter earlier this week. One of those defensive backs, Jaguars star Jalen Ramsey, did not like it.

He didn’t teach me not one DB technique... #ComeGetSomeRealTruth #GoNoles https://t.co/xb78Pery78

— Jalen Ramsey (@jalenramsey) February 27, 2018

While the Twitterverse exploded over the apparent shot Ramsey took at his former coach, here's a more interesting debate.

Who gets credit for developing a player?

The first answer is obvious: The player. He's the one who puts in the work in the weight room, film room and on the field.

But beyond that?

No, Fisher probably didn't teach a lot of techniques to Ramsey. But he did identify him as a top talent (OK, that wasn't hard; Ramsey was a five-star recruit) and get him to sign at FSU. Fisher also chose the coaches who helped develop him. That counts, right?

To be clear, this isn't a Fisher-only story. Coaches all over the country promote their former players who do great things.

Last night in Tampa, new Gators coach Dan Mullen name-dropped Percy Harvin and Tim Tebow, whom he worked with as Florida's offensive coordinator. He deserves credit for developing them as the coordinator, right?

Mullen also mentioned a few players from the Super Bowl-champion Eagles. Defensive lineman Fletcher Cox committed to Mississippi State before Mullen arrived there, but Mullen was his college head coach. I'm not sure how many defensive line drills Mullen led, but he hired the coach who led them and put Cox in position to succeed. Does that count?

Mullen gave a shout out to kicker Caleb Sturgis, whom he recruited to UF. But Mullen wasn't Sturgis' special-teams coordinator, and I'm not sure how many kicking pointers Mullen was giving him. Does that count?

I think there are varying degrees of credit, and Mullen/Fisher can rightfully claim all of the examples above. To me, position coaches, coordinators and head coaches all play a role in players' development, so they should all be able to promote them while trying to land the next Jalen Ramsey or Fletcher Cox.

What do you think? Who (besides the player himself) should get credit for a player's development and future success?