I'm one who helped kick that dead horse, and still don't know why we keep doing the same things when they aren't working, or try to run a balanced attack when one thing is getting shut down. I understand there's a battle going on between OCs and DCs, and it seems like we get too caught up in that, and on several occasions our OC looks befuddled with no clue how to counter, or use what the opponent is doing, against them.
We have learned that kicking and screaming isn't going to help solve the problem, so we are at the coaches' mercy to figure out a way to have an answer that works... not a rambling explanation of why it doesn't.
Calling the kettle black... huh?! (As I ramble on, and on....).
We should have an answer when teams shut down our running game. Michigan learned what Clemson did, but we had to give DW his touches, even if he was met in the backfield by 4 of the opponents most every running play. The same thing happened to Ryan Williams, at times. On the other hand, VT has shut down some very prolific running attacks. Auburn in the Sugar Bowl was the best example. We got a taste of our own medicine, but we have seen just about every possible situation, and it seems like we should have a solution. Maybe young, inexperienced players can't adjust, or we are just being out classed by better talent and coaching at times. That happens to most teams a lot more than it does to VT.
Historically, FSU never beats us in the trenches...
Just about every time they beat us its downfield over the top, and on special teams.
I definitely pin the loss to Kansas on the OC, and ultimately Beamer. VT looked lost on offense... like we had no clue, even when we were gaining good yards with Ore. A classic example of thinking too much, and tripping over that.
I was very proud of VT throughout the Michigan game... it just stinks that the Hokies lost that one. The Hokies overcame many weird situations that you don't see very often. It was not the fault of the offense, or play calling... the Michigan game hinged on poor officiating. Obviously Danny Coale's TD catch near the end of regulation, or in OT (now I forget). The one play where the Michigan OLman caught a tipped pass, 5 yards down field, at the time of the pass, baffles me. That should have been a loss of down, and 4th down, but it gave Michigan a first down that lead to points. There were a couple of very close INTs... one was almost as close as Danny Coale's reversed TD catch. VT just kept coming back, after each setback... and it is really hard to blame any thing on the Hokies, for that loss.
The Kansas game was a totally different situation... VT had the talent to win that game, but VT was out coached and out schemed.
Both losses stink, but VT lost to Kansas, in the press box, or from the sideline.
I have a lot fewer complaints about our play calling since O'Cain took over that role. No doubt it could be better, but the loss to Michigan didn't rest on play calling.