Virginia Tech Football: Boston College Q&A

Another tough defense awaits the Hokies in Chestnut Hill.

[Mark Umansky]

After coming up short in a primetime matchup with No. 2 Clemson, the Hokies look to rebound this week with an improved offensive performance against a decidedly stingy Boston College defense. It surely won't be easy, but at 2-3, the Eagles provide a welcome respite from the finely-tuned machine that is Dabo Swinney's Tigers.

To get some additional color on the state of the union in Chestnut Hill, I spoke to Bill Maloney, blogger extraordinaire at atleagle.blogspot.com.

JC: Boston College has hovered around mediocrity for much of the Steve Addazio era, but the burly former Florida assistant has managed to stick around in Chestnut Hill for five years running. Is Boston College ready to move on if the Eagles don't go bowling this season? What are the major gripes most fans have with Addazio's program?

ATL: No one knows what the future holds, including Addazio. We have a new AD, which is never a good sign for a coach on the hot seat. But the AD, Martin Jarmond, has never been an AD before. So we don't know if he will be patient or fire Addazio if the team doesn't go bowling.

I think the major gripe with Addazio is how bad the Offense has been the past three years. This is a supposed Offense guy yet BC continues to have the worst O in the Power 5. That sort of consistent failure is due to a coaching problem in how we practice, game plan and adjust.

JC: While dynamic offenses certainly haven't been BC's calling card, stingy defenses have remained a constant throughout Addazio's tenure. Led by defensive end Harold Landry, this year's group has been solid if not a bit underwhelming against top competition. Can this unit begin to stack up to Don Brown's fearsome defense in 2015? Beyond Landry, who are the standouts Hokies fans should be keeping an eye on?

ATL: Each year that he is gone, the D gets further from Don Brown's style and approach. We are using much more zone this year instead of man coverage. That's the most obvious change.

As far as standouts, Safety Lukas Denis has burst on the scene as one of the big surprises of the year. All the DB's are pretty solid, so that is one Brown hallmark still with the team.

JC: After a less than encouraging first year in Chestnut Hill, Scot Loeffler handed the reigns of his offense to a redshirt freshman quarterback this fall in Anthony Brown. There was preseason talk of Loeffler opening things up for the athletic Brown, but have you seen that promise shine through on the field?

ATL: Brown has been OK. In the first few games, he threw a lot. Since then, they have gotten more conservative. When facing quality opponents, the results have not been good.

Loeffler "opened things up" by adopting an up-tempo style. So far it is not making a difference in scoring or efficiency.

JC: Setting aside a choppy performance against No. 2 Clemson, the Hokies' offense has been a pleasant surprise in Year 2 under the watchful eye of Brad Cornelsen. How do you expect defensive coordinator Jim Reid to try to slow down Josh Jackson and Cam Phillips?

ATL: As I mentioned above, BC is playing more zone and blitzing less. The whole approach is becoming a bit bend but don't break. What's killed BC has been the big play. I imagine against VT, it will be more of the same. BC makes stops, but allows enough scores to get through so that it all falls apart.

JC: Does next week's road matchup with Lamar Jackson and Louisville make Saturday's contest even more significant for the Eagles? Does this Addazio team have the firepower to recover from what potentially could be a 2-5 start?

ATL: I don't think BC is thinking that far ahead. This is a night game at home against Virginia Tech. There is no next week for anyone. They need to pull off an upset and get momentum turned around.

JC: Prediction time: do the Hokies rebound from a primetime disappointment against Clemson, or can the Eagles pull off the upset?

ATL: Although I think the Hokies are overrated a bit, I don't see BC pulling off the stunner this week.

Comments

Loeffler "opened things up" by adopting an up-tempo style. So far it is not making a difference in scoring or efficiency.

Why does this sound familiar?? Hmmm.......

Let's Go

HOKIES

LOLeffler at it again!

I can feel the frustration in those words, I know it well

Is it just me or does this guy read like he knows it's not going well and at this point doesn't care about the rest of the season.

Yeah I feel for him. Imagine being a big football fan and your team is someone like BC? I mean, we complain about not getting to that next level plenty, but at least we are thinking about that next level. This guy sounds like he is just thinking about what brand of whiskey he will be throwing back on Saturday to cope with Loeffler's offense.

sounds like he is just thinking about what brand of whiskey he will be throwing back on Saturday to cope with Loeffler's offense

Shit.....I've been there

Eh. I just make blind, blanketing, and stereotypical assumptions that most of their fans are also Patriot fans so suck it. You can't have your cake and eat it too super fans. I heard the AAC is looking to expand...

Oh shit...and probably Celtics fans too. I rescind my previous condolences. This man deserves the struggle.

But his site is ATL eagle. If he's an Atlanta pro sports fan AND a BC fan, my condolences are back on

Fuck Matt Ryan.

In the subthread where we're bitching about the patriots, this brings up interesting emotions. I mean, on the one hand fuck 'em for '07, on the other hand, god bless him for beating the patriots so badly in the super bowl I turned it off at half ti...wait...what...you're telling me the patriots came back and won that game? In overtime?

Fuck Matt Ryan.

I've been drinking.

First off, congrats Joey for finding someone who cares enough about BC football to write about it. That in and of itself had to be an monumental task.

Second,

ATL: Although I think the Hokies are overrated a bit

that's a nice little jab to try to get in.

"We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their behavior" Stephen M.R. Covey

“When life knocks you down plan to land on your back, because if you can look up, you can get up, if you fall flat on your face it can kill your spirit” David Wilson

I think 16 is ok. But I could definitely see us being overrated. Things will shake out as the season progresses though. We need to start playing some teams that bridge the gap between teams like ECU/ODU and Clemson....that's a pretty substantial chasm of FBS quality opponents.

Do you mean a team that is nationally recognized as being usually generally pretty good but has its ups and downs as a program like say perhaps West Virginia

Chem PhD '16

Yes yes, I realize WVU is a good team. But first game and all as well just a single game. A single game doesn't tell much as we have seen in the past "cough OSU cough." That was over a month ago. For the most part we have either played truly shit teams, or just got spanked by one of the best teams. That is why I'm really looking forward to ACC play. We get to start playing some quality opponents on a consistent basis.

I was pointing out that I thought it was an interesting thing to add to the answer. Especially coming from the one person that actually follows BC football. Just seemed petty to me, that's all.

"We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their behavior" Stephen M.R. Covey

“When life knocks you down plan to land on your back, because if you can look up, you can get up, if you fall flat on your face it can kill your spirit” David Wilson

How is that petty? If he thinks that he should be able to say it. Saying something negative these days seems to always be viewed as petty, salty, mean, rude, unnecessary, etc. I think it's the PC nature of media these days. Saying we are overrated is about as innocuous as it gets.

Well my original point was that it was a nice little jab. I find saying something like "you all will beat us but you're overrated" to be petty. Doesn't have anything to do with PC or being negative.

It's the same as if a Tech fan told a Clemson fan after Saturday night "you all won, but I think you're a bit overrated".

"We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their behavior" Stephen M.R. Covey

“When life knocks you down plan to land on your back, because if you can look up, you can get up, if you fall flat on your face it can kill your spirit” David Wilson

That's not what petty means though. He states BC will lose to VT despite his belief that VT is overrated. He's just showing how overmatched BC will be this game. That's definitely relevant to the question, as well as the topic.

This would be an example of petty:
Although BC won on a last minute Matt Ryan TD to dash VT's national championship hopes in 2007, I don't see BC pulling off the stunner this week.

That's petty.

Does anyone else see the irony in people discussing the nuance of the word "petty" and whether or not it is appropriate applies here

Chem PhD '16

That would be pedantic. So not as much irony as you think.

Mmmm yes, shallow and pedantic.

#thingsiblamethemvsfor

I've been drinking.

RIP

"Our job as coaches is to influence young people's lives for the better in terms of fundamental skills, work ethic, and doing the right thing. Every now and again, a player actually has that effect on the coaching staff." Justin Fuente on Sam Rogers

I think the fact that he included the "a bit" part kind of nullified the pettiness of the remark. Not to mention, we're Hokies. We're used to that stuff. As long as we end up in Charlotte for the ACCCG this December, I don't think it really matters. We require neither their respect or acknowledgement. Our method is simply to beat it out of them.

#FUENTEenFUEGO
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If people stop disrespecting us, how will that chip stay so firmly planted in our collective shoulder?

I only half disagree with him. I do think we deserve to be where we are if only because of how top heavy this year's teams seem to be. There are some seriously stacked teams in the top 10 and then it drops off to "pretty good" from 11-18ish and then beyond that I almost don't care if you're ranked (NCSU prime example).

ATL: Although I think the Hokies are overrated a bit...

If you don't want to recruit clowns, don't run a clown show.

"I want to punch people from UVA right in the neck." - Colin Cowherd

“I turned down 12 other opportunities. You know what I mean?” - Fuente