Spring Practice Thoughts: The Offense

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The following is a transcribed phone interview with Raleigh Hokie.

That was probably the best scrimmage I’ve seen, in terms of the crispness. You usually see some sloppy play, but we didn’t see much of that at all. They kept things moving quickly. I’m not sure we’ve ever run as many plays in a two hours scrimmage. There wasn’t a lot of wasted time.

I think that was a focus in the offseason. In the Stanford game, when they ran into so many problems, that was a big surprise. I think they felt like they needed to create some aggressiveness on offense. It seems like there has been a lot of focus on the offense in things other than playcalling, gameplanning, etc. They are focused on making sure the offense operates in sync and with more focus. Tempo is a big part of that.

That doesn’t necessarily mean faster, but when an offense starts to achieve success in a series, they have to keep that momentum going. When you get a defense on its heels, you have to stay aggressive. I think Beamer thought he had his best offense on the field last year, especially that last game, but the fact was that Stanford was considerably better in the Orange Bowl. I think that game was a major slap in the face, the way Tech lost.

Letting Mike O’Cain call the plays allows both O’Cain and Bryan Stinespring to re-balance their workload. In past scrimmages, Stinespring paid attention to everything. His tight ends, the blocking schemes, the playcalling, everything. Now he’s watching his positions like a regular position coach, and O’Cain is watching his quarterback and calling the plays. It is better balanced now, and I think that helps with the tempo and crispness.

I’m very impressed with Logan Thomas. Physically there’s no question that he’s got everything he needs. He’s got the size, he’s got the height, the arm strength, the release, he’s got pretty good footwork, etc. I can’t think of anything he can’t do physically. What we haven’t seen yet is how he does on the finesse throws, the short patters where you need touch. Can he throw those passes?

Is he going to be able to read defenses and make