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Wow...seems like a lot of people are demanding answers... lol. The hiring process takes a long time. There are a lot of intangibles that go into hiring an Offensive Coordinator. Some that NO ONE will ever understand. We may all speculate, assume, give our own two cents, but the bottom line is that the new hire must be able to quickly bond with the other coaches on the staff and quickly gel with the players. This means that the "BIG NAME" hire may not always be the right choice. It's human nature for us to fall in love with a "sexy hire" or "big name" coach. However, they may not actually be Hokie material. They may not fit what Beamer envisions the offense to be. This is a very delicate process. Forget about the name. It's much deeper than that.
This is part of the issue though...
That's why the process is long. He hasn't been hired yet. Maybe he doesn't fit
PAPA my man it scares the hell out of me if we make a hire based on what Beamer envisions the offense to be. I just dont want to see the same ol same ol. Where we cannot block. We cannot use a tightend like everyone else in football can, We don't know a tailback screen pass from a turnip. Or plain and simple allow FG's to be the norm. Hope that doesnt come across as rude but most feel that way I think.
Always much much more than on the surface apparent to 'outsiders'. However, I will say this (IMO)....needs to be a take charge guy who has been empowered by Beamer to make the calls on staff and O coaching and implement a true cultural change without having a bunch of influence from the good ol club....yes, can't be a cancer w/ D staff and other coaches....but please no yes men and no one who will take the job knowing they are no in control of that side of the ball.
I read last night about fitting into Hokienation. I take that partly as meaning someone who at least gives reasonable chance of being here for several years, but i'm pretty sure hokienation doesn't care that much about him being at pep rallies or necessarily a fan friendly coach. we want a guy that can effect real change and be a difference maker...demand the respect of the players, change the culture back to hard nosed nasty football players and demand execution and accountability....we really don't care about much of the icing on the cake or being mr nice guy. yes, he has to be able to get along w/ Frank, defense , etc.....but he can be a difference maker and do that....you may not want to play golf w/ a dude in your company, but you sure respect the hell out of what he does and his results. I know this isn't earth shattering or enlightening to anyone involved.....
we just want someone that appears to have the drive, fire and capability to turn this thing upside down, shake it out, and take off w/ it. not sure Long and his recent past, experience, etc give us that vibe.
I totally understand where you are coming from. I appreciate your concern. I think he is trying to get back to the up tempo, no huddle , power run/playaction offense that was used in the mid 90's. Similar to what Charlie Ward and Florida St used. Remember. The coordinator's job is to organize the offense based on personnel available. It's the assistants job to get the guys blocking, running the ball with attitude, catch every contested ball, make the routine catch, etc.
It's not rude you're spot on. The best offenses in college have an identity. We didn't
I blame all of this on loan officer Chris Clark. It was under HIS sponsorship watch that we got scoop we don't like to hear.
In all seriousness, this hate being spewed when an offer is not even pending yet is ridiculous.
P.S. Thank you for supporting this site Chris.
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