What can truly be said after the abomination we all just witnessed on prime-time national television? Let that sink in for a minute - unless you're catching up on Greys or the terrible new episodes of the Office, this is VT's time to shine. For recruits, for sports media, to be the talking point on Sportscenter for a while and gobble up publicity, this is your chance. and Virginia Tech never got off the bus.
This isn't going to well-written, or terribly organized, so forgive me as I jump from topic to topic.
Offensive play-calling. Is there any chance, any chance at all, that a man as smart and football-saavy as Frank Beamer chooses not to reevaluate his coaching staff and schemes this off-season? You have an upperclassmen laden offensive line, receiving corps, and defense. Not to mention a preseason top 5 NFL draft pick. But a gimmicky system, poorly executed, never gets off the ground. Offensive lineman cannot run block. Receivers cannot run block and quit on their routes FREQUENTLY. Young running backs do their best but are giving nothing to work with. And a veteran QB sails high, throws into the dirt, and flails the ball out in terrible situations.
There is not an ounce of fire in this team that I can see. There is not an iota of confidence, drive, or determination. Every goal in still in front of you, you are healthy, you are well-rested, and you cannot get off the damn bus to do your job. I don't know whether to blame the coaches, or shake my heads at the players, both groups having been put in every situation to succeed and for whatever reason not taking control.
I worry that this team will lose to FSU by 40. I worry that this team will go up to sleepy Boston for a noon kick and lose. I worry that UVA will be close. This team had EVERYTHING to play for tonight, and looked like they could give a shit. What is November going to look like, when - without a real shot at the Coastal or the ten win streak - this team has nothing to play for?