Friday Football Q&A: April 11, 2008

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This is the first part of what we hope will stick as a regular feature: a
Friday Q&A discussion. We took questions submitted from subscribers, handed
them over to Raleigh Hokie and Chris Coleman, and got what we think is some very
good discussion.

We got a lot of good questions from out subscriber base. Don’t fret if your
question didn’t make it in. Many questions were similar, and just because your
question didn’t make it in this week doesn’t mean it won’t make it in the
future. In the end, you’ll learn something by reading this feature, whether your
question got answered or not.

If you’ve got a question you’d like to see answered in the future, send it to
chris@techsideline.com.

Why doesn’t Virginia Tech do more situational substitutions? Example – If
scat back KL wins the starting job, and it is 3rd and 1, he’ll stay in instead
of DE.

Raleigh
Hokie: The Hokies rarely use a scat-back or a 3rd down back as part of their
offensive packages. Instead, they use a two tailback rotation with both expected
to be every-down backs (and both need to be tough runners between the tackles).
That’s one of the issues that Kenny Lewis, Jr must overcome. Right now, he is
more of the scat-back type, but that doesn’t fit well with Tech’s offensive
philosophy and scheme.

The other factor is adjustment by formation versus situational substitution
at the skill positions. For example, it short yardage situations, Tech almost
always goes with its power-I personnel group/formation (2 fullbacks, 1
tailback). They only run a handful of plays out of that formation, but those
plays are very difficult for a defense to stop when they are executed correctly.

Over the years, we have seen more situational substitution by the defense,
but that usually depends on personnel. For example, if there is good depth at
corner and safety, but limitations in pass coverage at inside LB, then Bud
Foster has shown the tendency to go with nickel or dime packages

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