Friday Football Q&A: August 8, 2008

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Raleigh Hokie is our contributor in this week’s Friday Q&A. He tackles
questions about using Tyrod Taylor in goal line situations, why Bud Foster
doesn’t rotate his inside linebackers, and what type of quarterback the coaching
staff would prefer to have in the future.

Have a question you’d like to see answered? Email it to Chris at [email protected].

1) When we are faced with a goal line situation or a 3rd or 4th and inches,
is there any reason to have Sean Glennon (who I hope is the starting
quarterback) in the game instead of Tyrod Taylor? With the strength of our
offensive line in the middle and putting Boone in the backfield would be hard to
stop, but if the defense over pursued to the middle Tyrod would be a weapon on a
boot leg.

Raleigh Hokie: A lot of those decisions depend on the type of short
yardage plays that are installed each week in the game plans. Matchups
drive most of those decisions because those evaluations lead to the personnel
groupings and formations that the offense wants to go with in those short
yardage and goal line situations. For example, if the defense is
particularly strong up the middle and has shown on film to be very
effective with their interior play (DT’s, LB’s), then the offense will look to
exploit some other aspect of that defense using bootlegs, play action
passes or pitches and stretch plays that extend the defense away from the
middle. On the other hand, if the matchups favor the offense on the
inside, then the game plan will be to get physical and pound it inside the
tackles with drive blocks and quick hitters.

Once all of that is evaluated, then the coaches will decide how to utilize
both Sean Glennon and Tyrod Taylor in those situations. Up to this point,
Glennon has been better at executing the play fakes and carrying out the
misdirection flows after the handoff. It sounds like a subtle point, but
it can have significant impact on the outcome of a play — if a LB hesitates