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I think Frank has a hard time telling people NO. JMO
He in some ways may be to nice. I do agree changes or better hires were needed some time ago.
Shabutie, great write-up. It causes me to question a few things:
As the former OL coach prior to being OC, why would CBS allow CCN, a former high school and 1aa coach, to come in and change a fundamental blocking philosophy that had been the bedrock of our program?
We are able to secure top talent at every position except OL. Recruits speak of there excitement to play for Gray, Foster, Wiles, Brown. We miss out on the top OL recruits (Turner, Holt, Spain of recent). Do you think there is a correlation between our coaching techniques and inability to get the top players?
Some of the OL recruits are heralded coming in (Shuman, Painter, A. Brown, Gibson) only for us to later learn that "they are not quite ready" or "we are waiting for the light bulb to come on." Could it be that we are trying to teach them something that is not natural to them and it's slowing down there progression?
Does Ruben have any interest in coaching with Cornell?
Shabutie, I really appreciate you taking the time to do this write up
I think the change came somewhat out of fear of getting behind. A lot of teams had started adopting the idea of zone blocking and it appeared to be something that going to be necessary to do offensively in the future. Maybe the goal was to be able to adopt Newsome's zone blocking technique and still being able to be a man, drive-blocking OL. The problem is, it is not feasible to be great at both and each year we have pushed more and more towards being a primary zone team. The bigger problem that that is that as we have pushed into a primary zone team, we have gotten less effective at zone blocking, in my opinion. I think we have lost all of the man principles that used to be incorporated into the zone scheme.
I have not heard anything from recruits that suggest that but I don't know for sure. There might not be a direct correlation but it does, in my opinion, effect how effective how our offense is ranked statistically and how it is viewed by the media and public.
It is definitely a factor. Also, the rankings of players and I am talking about rankings from TOS, have often been very inaccurate to start with.
I am not sure about Ruben/Cornell.
Thanks for the very informative posts. I have been watching Tech football since 1969, and I don't think I have ever had anyone explain the blocking scheme as accurately and simply as you have. You have made some of the frustration from seeing something "not right" more understandable. BUT, I listen to the Hokie Talk Live on Monday nights and it is quite obvious that even "the voice of the Hokies" is defensive and shuts down any hint of criticism of the program, to the point of censorship. How can we who live and die with this program and spend hard-earned money to watch our University fail, make the coaches aware that we no longer are satisfied with "10 wins a year", playing down to our competition and losing consistantly to teams with lesser talent?!
This worries me a little. I'll have to admit.
So what I've gathered is.
1. College football was changing and VT thought it was time to move in the same direction so not to fall behind.
2. Zone blocking not being taught in a way that is suitable for the college game.
3. Because of #2 our DL is not as prepared as they should be and are not as physical.
4. Newsome isn't the answer.
Shabutie I have a question. I have a background in football but been removed for a while and it was also high school as a coach. You develop schemes in high school on the basis of what type of players you have. In college you recruit players for your scheme. The rb's we have as of now, isn't JC the best suited to find cut back lanes?
1. I believe this to be true.
2.Technically, I guess it is suitable and it can work against lower quality defenses. In my opinion, it is the least effective way of being able to consistently run block at the college level. It can be very effective at the high school level.
3. I believe this to be true.
4. I believe this to be true.
To be honest, I have not been very impressed with any of the RBs. They have all been slow to his the running lanes when they open up and have missed a lot of cuts as well. The only RB that ever hit the hole aggressively against Pitt was Scales but then he follows up a good run with a complete missed read that probably would have went for 6 the next play. A lot of that probably comes back to how we perform up front. It is hard to get comfortable when a different OL is getting put on skates 5 yards into the backfield on every play. They really don't have anything to count on up front consistently which makes it very hard to be decisive or even patient when the play calls for it. Let me also add that FBs and TEs also played very poorly against Pitt in the running game.
So, we need to be playing some high school teams. We have identified the problem, and the solution. Time to move forward.
Wish Weaver would retire so some heat could be placed on Beamer to make changes or go golfing....permanently. Tired of this good ole boy stuff where everyone feels that their job is safe. I don't get excited for games like I used to. In the offseason I always build that hope and count down the days, but its the same thing every single year. I remember the underdog teams who would hurt you if they couldn't beat you. Sure miss that. Eh, at least we embarrass UVA annually.
I think you have hit on one of the problems. Everyone feels safe. And while I hate to see anyone lose their job, if they're consistently underperforming shouldn't they feel some heat TO perform? How many on here could underperform and keep their job? How many could underperform for several years and keep it? And the 2 we recently replaced had jobs created for them! Now, while I think Cavs spot as Director of Recruiting and High School Relations was probably a good move if utilized correct, what the heck is an Assistant to the Head Coach and Senior Advisor?
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