Despite what some might say, the sky isn’t falling. Yes, Virginia Tech only made it to the Russell Athletic Bowl this season. However, that doesn’t mean we’re in line for the same thing next year. In last year’s Russell Athletic Bowl (which was called the Champs Sports Bowl at the time), Florida State faced off against Notre Dame. The very next year, FSU tied a school record for wins with 12 and won the Orange Bowl. Notre Dame hasn’t lost since their trip to Orlando last December, and they are currently ranked #1 in the country.
Virginia Tech is going to return a very strong defense next season, and I think they’ll be good from the very beginning. They’ll return their kicker, punter, and all kick and punt returners. The big question mark, as usual, will be on the offensive side of the ball.
Bet the bank on the Hokies having some new offensive coaches next season. But, it will take more than new coaches to succeed. Frank Beamer and those offensive coaches have to come together and get things pointed in the right direction on that side of the ball.
Four different things stand between Virginia Tech and improvement on the offensive side of the ball.
Establish a Direction
By the end of the spring, everyone needs to understand the direction the Virginia Tech offense is heading. We’ve talked about it time and time again. The Hokies are part spread, part I-formation, part read option … pretty much the only thing the Tech offense doesn’t do is run the triple option like Georgia Tech.
The problem is, even though they like to do so many different things, they aren’t good at any of them. Sometimes I watch a Tech game and I think I’d rather play wide receiver for the Hokies than tailback. In the past, I would have much rather been a tailback. Things vary from year to year, or even game to game. Actually, I spent most of this year thinking that I wouldn’t want to play any position for the Tech offense if I were a recruit. That’s clearly a problem.
I don’t particularly care what system Virginia Tech runs, as long as it isn’t the finesse spread that teams like WVU and Baylor run. Those pass-heavy spread offenses aren’t conducive to developing toughness or good defensive play. You can run a spread offense and still be physical. Oregon does it. Florida did it with Tim Tebow.
Whether it’s a power spread, or some sort of a Stanford/Wisconsin/Alabama type of offense, I just want to see Virginia Tech use one philosophy, and...
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