Letter to Friedgen

Dear Ralph,

We need you. It's never been more apparent than this season that we need change on the offensive coaching staff, and I think you're the one who can fix those problems. This season has been an absolute abomination, bad play calls, bad penalties, and bad offensive line play. These are all things that you have proven to be an expert at fixing. As someone who grew up in Maryland I was able to see and hear about all the things you've done in your career and know that you are one of the best offensive minds in college football. But this is bigger than our school, this is about Frank Beamer. I don't want it to end like this, he has 4 years left on his contract, that's only 4 more chances to reach that ultimate goal of a National Championship, and if this doesn't get any better then his legacy will be forever tarnished. As one of his friends I'm asking you to help him and join our coaching staff next season.

Also we'll give you a turkey leg for every touchdown we score.

On Behalf of Hokies fans everywhere, we need you.

P.S. We play Maryland next year, just in case you still want some revenge.

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We serve steak & lobster in our dining halls...

Eat our way to the Natty Championship!


Ralph is old but...

Ralph is an old dude but he could really pull us out of the sewer here. I pray Beamer considers this.

“I hope that they’re not going to have big eyes and pee down their legs so to speak,” -- Bud Foster

The old dude was ACC CoY when he got canned! Crabcakes (not football)! That's what Maryland does! Ridiculous.

Any coach that displays some sort of competence would be an improvement at offense. I'd also like to see Cutcliffe as OC, but he seems to have Duke moving in the direction he wants.

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Crabcakes and Football.

I laugh at that line every time I seen that movie. I have been on the Fridge bandwagon since last season. He would be a great addition. not long term but solid.

“I hope that they’re not going to have big eyes and pee down their legs so to speak,” -- Bud Foster


I'm here for the memes, I just stay for the football.

The thing is this. I don't want change for the sake of change. O'Cain being promoted play caller was just that. I think a lot of people don't understand it's Frank Beamer's offense. I think the Fridge is a terrific play caller, developer of talent, and coach, but is Beamer going to trust him to run the show on offense like Bud does with the defense? Or is he going to do what he's doing now, telling the staff what he wants, then hoping they produce.

What needs to happen is two things, either Beamer needs to take a more active role in the offense (stop calling the shots behind the scenes and assume the complete responsibility), or be hands off. I'd prefer the latter. In either case, he needs to find capable people that know how to do their thing, and run their system. The coaches on the staff are not comfortable running this spread offense, so either get rid of it and let them do what they know, or find people who can.

Hasn't Frank Been A Defensive Coach?

I looked at his wikipedia page and his experience is DL/DC. Not saying he isn't meddling but wouldnt it make more sense for him to meddle with the defense since that the side of the ball he has more experience with? I think as the head coach he is responsible for the overall product on the field but as far as the offense and defense that specifically that is on those coaches.

(Maybe he is calling or vetoing plays and if he is then he needs to have enough since to stick to his side of the ball and hire offensive coaches to coach and recruit the system he wants.)

A new season...new hope

With the precipitous decline in special teams performance, Frank should not worry about micromanaging the offense but try and fix "his" special teams

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I know these are so '08

A new season...new hope

I love this idea and I've been hoping for it since it became a possibility. Imagine getting the QB coach that produced Boomer Esiason and Frank Reich and giving him Logan Thomas to work with. We'd certainly see better results than this year.

The only question is why would a successful NFL OC and NCAA HC go back to being a college OC? The guy was offensive coordinator for an AFC champion team. I know he has a relationship with Beamer, but Beamer would need to be a pretty good salesman to make it happen. My hopes are not high.

I think with the way things ended at Maryland he'll want to come back for one last ride. They showed no respect to him when they fired him and that had to leave a bitter taste in his mouth.

Rip his freaking head off!

Not saying he's the right guy, and I have no idea if he is or not (I'm not good at those minds of things) but Gene Chizik may be out of a job here soon.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

Gene Chizik

Isn't he a defensive guy?

A new season...new hope

Oh, yeah. Belay that then.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

What are the odds?

What are the real odds that some "major" changes occur to the offensive side of the ball? We all feel that a new OC is needed and I agree, but we all know how loyal Beamer is to his staff. If I had to guess, the only changes to occur would be a possible retirement of O'Cain. Outside of that, I would be shocked if any real changes occur.
I would also like to throw this out there: Is Shane Beamer a good positional coach? I know that he is a great recruiter, but do we feel that the running backs have developed greatly under him this year? Billy Hite has a great track record with running backs, even young ones. I think Shane started as a positional coach for So Carolina and then was moved to a strictly recruiting role. I just hope that Frank hasn't become to complacent with his job and avoiding making difficult decisions. I think Frank is a great coach and a good leader and developer of young men, but at the end of the day we need better results than what we are getting.

My answers

I just mentioned #TonyFranklin4VT to my friend on facebook and his response was "Do you really expect Beamer to make a coaching change?" Got me thinking because like you said, everybody on this site wants a change, but most of Hokie Nation knows it's not likely. Like I told my friend, I honestly don't know what to expect. I'd put it like this, I won't be surprised either way - if a change is made then I won't be surprised because it's needed, but I wouldn't be surprised if changes aren't made because we all know how Beamer is. It's a toss up at this point, but only the administration & coaches really know.

As for the Shane thing: I don't really think we can make a judgement off of this season, because I think our lack of a running game is attributed to the whole offensive system as opposed to our running backs coach. We just implemented this offense and it's clear to see that we're not doing it well. We're not blocking it well and Logan doesn't make the right decision on the zone reads most of the time. If our running game continues to decline for the next few seasons (assuming Ocainspring is still running the show) then maybe the blame should go to Shane, but I think it's too early to make that judgement.

I like Tony Franklin as well. We would actually have an offensive identity and a coach who has experience in his position. Also, the connection to Bud gives me a glimmer of hope that this could happen.

Don't ever let the pressure exceed the pleasure. - Joe Maddon

Shane needs some time

I hear there are a few feelings of nepotism going on in the coaching staff but Shane has just been there for two seasons. That season he had a freak athlete. I feel like the offensive scheme as a whole and line blocking has killed our offense. I say lets give him some time...O'Cainspring needs to go though.

“I hope that they’re not going to have big eyes and pee down their legs so to speak,” -- Bud Foster

Shane also has served on SEC coaching staffs, which is why I haven't wrote him off yet.

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He's also proved himself to be a great recruiter. Can't forget that either

I'd say put Shane in as the special teams

IF there was a change (big IF) i'd hope that whoever the new offensive coordinator is would be able to pick who he wanted as staff.

Shane managed special teams at South Carolina and I feel like he'd be the only one Frank Beamer would trust to take care of his pride and joy. There needs to be someone dedicated to special teams now and someone that is hungry to make their legacy.


That is a great perspective. I think that is dead on correct. He would be a good person for special teams. I think we need to get much more aggressive there.

“I hope that they’re not going to have big eyes and pee down their legs so to speak,” -- Bud Foster

I don't think

that the Fridge is the answer. I was never impressed with his recruiting, especially later in his time at MD. I am very impressed with the offer of the turkey legs, though, and think that might actually sway Ralph!

Not sure about Franklin....maybe it's just not knowing enough about him.

I'm thinking the best solution may be somebody else out there, but no clue yet who. I think the key may not be the OC (although I fully endorse the booting of OCainspring), but the OL coach. Any offense begins and ends with OL performance, and we need somebody who understands the language of BIGMEANFASTNASTY and speaks it fluently. I think that showing Newsome the door and replacing him with a high quality candidate may be the key to offensive performance. I think Shane is likely a keeper (special teams idea for Shane is intriguing). I'm on the fence with Sherman. WR performance this year has been dismal, but the guy also coached Danny Coale (ooh, look, he's still open!).

Is there anyone qualified on the Oregon staff? The Ducks are fun to watch. 50+ points a game is nice, too.

Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in bad humor.

The O-line is another reason I like Fridge. That's his specialty, so he might be able to improve us there too.

I was watching Kansas State this weekend and couldn't help but think that Logan Thomas should be running that kind of offense. They use Klein as a power runner and then use their running backs as scat guys instead of whatever the hell our running backs are doing on any given play. Klein and Thomas are both big guys who should be running between the tackles, not this stupid off tackle crap we've been running with Thomas recently.

Rip his freaking head off!

Haven't seen

enough of K-State to form an opinion, but they are rolling over everyone they play.

Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in bad humor.

Bet ol Herbie is proud of his pick of LT3 over Klein as top duel-threat QB this season! LMAO!

It's all about The VPISU
VT '10, Born & Raised in the 804.
GO: Freeman Rebels, Keydets, Black Knights (the VMI of the North), NY Rangers & Giants, and ATL Braves.