There are so many problems with this team that it's hard to find somewhere to begin. But let's start with Logan Thomas. The preseason top 5 pick has reminded us all throughout this season that he was recruited as a tight end and not a quarterback. I've never seen someone play QB at the division 1 level and not be able to complete simple passes. Throughout this season Thomas has struggled with simple things like leading recievers which was evident tonight against Florida State. Although he did have an excellent pass to Davis on the first drive there were countless other throws that he failed to throw ahead of the reciever. For instance, later in the game he threw another deep ball to Davis down the sideline (a ball that he still probably shoud of caught) that forced him to come back to the ball instead of simply throwing the ball down the middle of the field and let Davis (who was so wide open he could've done this) run under it. Even the pass before the dreadful pick to end the game he almost botched. He pushed the wide open reciever to the sideline almost costing him the catch. Now no doubt Thomas did have some excellent throws tonight but we've seen him miss some seemingly easy throws throughout the season that he simply should not be missing (Fourth down against Miami). Until Thomas figures out what he's doing wrong we will have an inconsistent quarterback for yet another year.
Now we are brought to the defense. Tonight for 57 minutes the defense played spectacular. Bonner and Exum played out of their minds and the front 7 got pressure yet to be seen this year as Manuel was sacked 5 times and FSU finished with -15 rushing yards. However when it counted the defense was nowhere to be found. When it counted the defense we had seen all year (no pressure and the secondary getting toasted) was the one that took the field. Although the defense has stepped it up pressure wise the past couple of games the secondary has been a joke the entire year. Exum has been consistently burnt throughout the season and always manages to get pass interference called on him and the fact that Bonner even plays shows how inexperienced we are (Kendall Fuller cannot get here fast enough). Even Kyle Fuller has not played up to his potential. Hopefully by next year things will be sewn up in the secondary enough to provide for atleast a stable and somewhat effective defense.
And last but certainly not least we have come to the coaching. Beamerball is now a thing of the past. It seems that we have gone from a team who gained a significant advantage on other teams because our special teams to one that is hindered by it. In every meaningful game we seem to have a blunder whether it be a missed kick, blocked kick, or an unnecessary block in the back on a big return (2 of those 3 were witnessed in the Miami game alone). And I don't know why we bother with the "block that kick symbol" anymore BECAUSE WE NEVER GO AFTER KICKS ANYMORE! What was once a trademark of Tech football is now nonexistent. Another example of incompetent coaching is the fact that it took us 9 games to realize that Michael Holmes needed to be benched and Tony Gregory and JC Coleman given a bigger work load. Or the fact that it took us 9 games to realize that when we do run our offense with a quick tempo instead of the everyone stop and look over to the sideline to get the play that it's actually fluid and effective. Or playcalling... well don't get me started on Stinespring.
This has been one of the worst Tech seasons in recent memory and there a lot of problems however there are solutions to those problems. Hopefully next year the experience will help defense get back to being one of the best in the country and the offense will be better than it is now. That combined with the 25th best recruiting class for 2012 and the 16th best for 2013 hopefully should put us back on track.
The Tragedy That is 2012 Tech Football