Lack of Leadership

Last night I posed the question, “What really is the problem with this year’s VT football team?” I wasn't sure where do go with it.  Is it the Offensive Scheme? Offensive Play Calling? Execution? Head Coach? After sleeping on it, my theory is that the program has been infiltrated by a non-creative stagnant leadership.  We have lost our edge as a program.  We are weak across the board, from the Athletic Director to long snapper (I miss Collin Carroll).  And no, this isn't a "fire Beamer" post.
I did a little reseach at and analyzed our team.  The thing that stood out most to me was road/neutral turnover margin.  Over the past 5 years, the Hokies have been better than average every year on the road or on neutral fields.  Even more, every year that they have finished with a top 15% margin (greater than 1 standard deviation from the mean), they have won the ACC.  They were #1 in 2010.  This year, the Hokies are on the verge of finishing the season in the bottom 3% of all FBS college football with a margin of -2.2.  They are currently #121 of 124 teams, and this is 2 years away from that 2010 team.  You can’t even come close to saying the teams we played this year are anywhere near as good as the teams we played away from home in 2010.  Here is the comparison:
2010: #3 Boise State, Boston College,#23 NC State, North Carolina, #21 Miami, #20 Florida State, #5 Stanford
2012: Pittsburg, Cincinnati, North Carolina, #14 Clemson, Miami
So what is the difference? How can we go from kicking butt on the road, to falling so flat? We had won 12 straight true road games from 2009 through the Pitt game this year!
Like I said above, my premise is that the program has lost its edge.  And I believe whole heartedly that this is caused by faulty leadership.  True leadership creates a team culture where mistakes are limited and people are held accountable for their mistakes.  A leader also steps up their game in hostile environments and clutch situations.  We have NONE of this! Where has it gone?
I have never heard more excuses for mistakes in my life.  Someone (anyone!) please stand up and say, “this was my fault, I take responsibility.”  Then, lead this team forward.  STOP THE EXCUSES! Has Beamer stopped leading well? What is Bud doing? We all know O'Cainspring can't cut it.  Is it the players? Did Tyrod, Willson, Willams and Randle make up for the faults of the coaching staff over the past 5 years?  I'm not sure who's fault it is, would love to know why you think this is happening...

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Most people look at the issues for this year being execution related. To some extent I would agree. There are some throws LT should be completing and some he should have never considered throwing. I think he over analyzes because he still doesn't trust his surrounding cast 100%.

But I think that it comes back to leadership. I know that showed LT on the sideline trying to get the offense together for a final drive but with the youth on offense I would like to see more from the coaches in this department. I think the young guys don't care for some of the coaches (Stiney/O'Cain) and they aren't trying because they don't respect what is going on around them.


I keep thinking about the '06 Boston College game

That was the first time I ever saw the team quit on a game with time left...That still is the lowest point in my time cheering for the Hokies

A new hope

Bottom line is we're seeing the defense improving and the O and special teams remaining stagnant if not regressing.

That being said, what the fuck has happened to our QB? We all know the great, clutch player he can be and he's just not anymore. Is he secretly hurt? Is it all between the ears? Is it an indictment on Ocain? I question that because Tyrod progressed nicely his junior and senior campaigns and that was with MOC coaching him. Or did Ty just create off of busted plays and made the coaches look good?

"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster

Starting to think it was just Tyrod being that good.

I know it was just Tyrod being that good

Fixed it

"I never surprise myself"

My thoughts

Alot in life is how you handle success. I think Logan is struggling with the success from last year, projected first round draft pick, etc. On top of that he doesnt have the supporting cast he did last year. 1st round tailback, Upper class men receivers, experienced O-line. I think he gets his head straight this off season and come back and quietly in the beginning atleast has a great senior year. The talent and skill is there and Leal is not the answer.

A new hope