There has been lots of talk about overhauling the VT offensive staff, with many of us critizing the playcalling and lack of identity as the main problem. On a few occasions, I've heard O'Cainspring supporters defending the offense by blaming the lack of production on player execution and talent. Execution, in my opinion, is coachable, and therefore any lack thereof is on the coaching staff. Talent, on the other hand, does differ from program to program based on geography, resources, etc.
The easiest way to measure talent is to look at NFL rosters. Sure, some players might be "coached-up" into NFL contributors (ie Danny Coale), but the majority are elite physical specimens who are born into NFL ability. Below is a comparison of Oregon's offensive players currently in the NFL versus VT's.
Mark Asper, OG, Minnesota Vikings
LeGarrette Blount, RB, Tampa Bay Bucaneers
D.J. Davis, WR, Atlanta Falcons
Ed Dickson, TE, Baltimore Ravens
LaMichael James, RB, San Francisco 49ers
David Paulson, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
Dante Rosario, TE, San Diego Chargers
Geoff Schwartz, OG, Minnesota Vikings
Adam Snyder, C, Arizona Cardinals
Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers
Fenuki Tupou, OT, New Orleans Saints
Max Unger, C, Seattle Seahawks
Jarrett Boykin Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver
Duane Brown Houston Texans Offensive Tackle
Blake DeChristopher Arizona Cardinals Offensive Lineman
Darren Evans Tennessee Titans Running Back
Jeff King Arizona Cardinals Tight End
Will Montgomery Washington Redskins Center
Josh Morgan Washington Redskins Wide Receiver
Eddie Royal San Diego Chargers Wide Receiver
Tyrod Taylor Baltimore Ravens Quarterback
Michael Vick Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback
Ryan Williams Arizona Cardinals Running Back
David Wilson New York Giants Running Back
My first observation is why does Oregon have so many NFL-ready tightends? My second observation is that Oregon, one of the most prolific offenses in the NCAA, has produced the same amount of NFL offensive players (12) as Virginia Tech, one of the most inept offenses in the NCAA.
How is this possible?
I believe that this is the most damning indictment of our current offensive coaching staff. We have essentially wasted several years of elite offensive talent running our inept, disfunctional, predictable, "multiple" offense.
It is for this reason that I wholeheartedly support replacing our offensive staff as soon as possible. It is for this reason that I wonder "what if" Frank had pulled the trigger several years ago? I firmly believe that the answer is that Virginia Tech, with its clear access to and ability to recruit NFL talent, would have reached the upper echelons of NCAA football. Hopefully we can still get there. Let's go.