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4/5 OL received 80 or above as did Logan Thomas.
Hmmm I guess no one can seem to figure out why our offense sucks.
While not surprising given the history it certainly flames the situation.
I was about to say if anyone received passing grades we've got serious problems... well what do I know anyways lol
The thing is, it's very possible for 4/5 of the OL to have correctly executed on a given play, yet the whole thing gets blown up if one guy makes a mistake.
What I'd really like to see would be a grade assessed to the entire OL as a unit. For each given play, if anyone doesn't execute, it's considered a failure for the unit. They could do the same for the whole offense: if a given play isn't executed correctly, it's a failed play. I'd be interested to see those numbers, and I suspect it wouldn't be pretty.
Honest and objective grades from any VT OL coach is really not possible because they have too much skin in the game and their job is potentially on the line. Any news out of this area is pure window dressing.
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Completely agree on this one. O Line is one of those positions where you can execute to perfection on every play but if anybody else along the OLine messes up you still look like an a$$. 80s are a pretty low score but may seem high considering how much we were dominated as a whole. Definitely like your idea of instead of giving out individual grades, the coaches just give out one grade for the entire line. I think that more than anything else would get the OLine to get on each other to pick up not only their own game but their brother beside them as well.
Going back and watching previous seasons' games, you can see what is always preached by the coaches "one block away from a big play". I see it all the time, we saw it plenty of times this weekend (only this past weekend it was multiple failures on each play as opposed to just one block). This is why I don't think it's the scheme or the play calls that is holding us back, it's the preparation and lack of execution at game time. I don't know what our game week preparation is like but I'd like to see how it's different from the way a team like Alabama or even Boise State prepares.
So that means one was in the 70s, which almost never happens. If you are messing up on 1/5 plays on the OL, that's not stellar. The coaches aren't grading essays.
If 4 out of 5 OL did their jobs and the product of that was complete failure, I think the guy doing the grading just told on himself.
I guess the grader, like myself likes titty dancing. The difference is that I don't like it on my OL.
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You have to understand the system to understand the grades. If your goal as an oline coach is titty dancing then the guys didnt do so bad, the guys played tall, flaunted around a bit, a few of them rolled around on the fround a bit with no contact i might add. So you thinking hey decent job guys you get an 80. Now if you are an oline coach that wants to play football and see your oline drive some dlineman 20 yards down the field, well these guys would do that hot. So its really about perspective, if all you know is titty dancing then you dont feel so bad, the rest of the world wants mean, knock you on your a$$ olineman so we can go out there and get some sh!@ done, we dont feel so great, i havent felt so great in a long long time. Would it be in appropriate at the next home game to throw dollar bills on the field.
Must be graded on a curve
Absurd ... but then again so is the VT OL coach giving the grades. Nothing wrong with the OL folks and no need to change coaches or change anything.
The novice fan always blames the OLine when we can't run the ball. There is much more to a successful running game than just the OLinemen blocking. On VT run plays, the TE(s) and FB play a significant part in blocking. Even the WRs are expected to block on run plays.
As I review the game film each week, for the most part our OLinemen are engaging their man and opening holes. We run a lot of zone blocking schemes which calls for double teams at the line of scrimmage and the play side lineman to get off the doubleteam and get to the second level LB. Our first level blocking is not bad. We are not so good at blocking the second level. For the most part our blocking TEs have not been doing the job at all. When the TE can't set the edge, we can't run outside. When the TE doesn't the DE, we can't run successful off tackle. We need a lot of improvement there. Our FBs are hit or miss. Very inconsistant. They seem to either make a nice lead block or totally whiff and their man makes the tackle. Again much improvement needed there. Our WR blocking is also in need of improvement. Our veteran WRs don't seem to want to stick their noses in there. Last year our WRs did a much better job of blocking.
Another important element of a successful running game is the RBs hitting the correct hole and doing so quickly. Defensive players are too athletic these days to stay blocked for very long. If the RB doesn't get through the hole quickly, it closes and he is tackled for no gain. The Oline gets the blame but it is not justified. Again in watching the game films, thus far our young backs are tentative in hitting it up in there. I see holes opening by the OLine and our young backs running into the backs of the OLinemen and completely missing the cutback hole. Again this results in a no gainer or loss and the OLinemen get the blame.
Are our OLinemen blameless? Of course not. They all know they can do better, hold their blocks longer, get to the second level better, stay on their feet longer, get better push. But to always hear that our Oline is so horrible is just not accurate. Rushing the football takes 10 guys to be successful not just the 5 down linemen.
The one area that our Olinemen are simply being outplayed is on goaline or 4th and 1, QB sneaks. This is the one time that they have to get push up the middle and it is just them against their man. They have to get low and drive block. You stand up and you are beat. You can't get pushed back. Obviously we haven't won any of these battles. In watching the replays, our LG and Center have to do better on these plays.
In contrast go and read the quotes from Bud. While I was very disappointed in the defensive performance also, I trust the D coaches will at least do something to get it corrected unlike the O coaches who don't even have a clue as to what happened. But why should I expect more? It's the same every season, it seems.
“No intensity. No passion. Inconsistent effort. Lack of communication,” defensive coordinator Bud Foster said. “Just everything that was kind of our keys to success. We have to be more physical. We got pushed around. We had inconsistent efforts. And that’s not who we are. And we’ll get that corrected.”
“The bottom line is every play that they had, it was us not doing what we were supposed to do,” he said. “There were a couple plays down the field where we had it definitive if we execute right on the outside. We had some communication issues. That goes back on me. I’m going to take responsibility for that, and I won’t let it happen again.”
And, who takes responsiblity on the offensive side?
Apparently no one. According to Frank he doesn't even know what the problem is. So until you get a clue no one is responsible.
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