Friday Football Q&A, Thursday Edition: September 4, 2008

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There will be no “Keys to the Game/Matchups to Watch” article this week, primarily because there is little to no game film on Furman for TSL football analyst Phil Martin to review. However, we’ve got a special treat for you. Raleigh Hokie joins us in a special Q&A session to talk about how Virginia Tech should use Tyrod Taylor, and whether or not the two quarterback system should be a thing of the past.

1) Do you see Virginia Tech’s offense looking a lot different with Tyrod
Taylor under center?  If so, what will be different?

It
has to be different, because they need an offensive approach that can best
utilize Taylor’s skills, enhance the running game and simplify what they need
from the wide receivers on the perimeter.  In my opinion, the best way to
do that is to go to an offense that is based on more spread option, adding
Taylor as that extra running option in the backfield, but also giving him more
ability to move laterally in the passing game based on the post-snap read
options built into that style of offense. It would get him into the
shotgun more often (and under center less), which would simplify some
of his pre-snap reads and help him to recognize pressures and coverages a
little quicker.

The other advantage of more spread option is that it simplifies the
passing game, specifically the route options for the wide receivers. 
That would allow them to spend more time on improving their blocking in the run
game — a critical requirement for the spread option offense to work
consistently.

A good example to start from is the offense we saw last weekend from ECU and
their QB Patrick Pinkney — a lot of read option with the right mix of power
football from under center.  It kept the Tech defense off balance
throughout the game.  A year ago, they were ready to enter the season...