Last Week – Are the Hokies Getting Better?
As usual, we will take a look at last week’s game against Marshall before we dive in to this week’s matchup/breakdown. I think the most important question for Frank Beamer as he gets his team ready this week for a very tough game on short rest is, “Is this football team getting better”? You hear it all the time at every level from players and coaches. It’s become the very standard for coachspeak. “We just need to go out and have a great week of practice and get better…”
The reason you hear this all the time from football players and coaches is because, quite simply, it’s true. The primary goal each and every season is to see improvement from your players and coaches every week. You want to see better execution from your players as they become more comfortable with one another and they get more experienced/battle tested. You want to see the coaches get better at game planning as they learn more about how individual players perform when the lights come on. These are elements that a head coach should be able to objectively evaluate each and every week, no matter the opponent.
So, that said; did the Hokies get better from ECU to Marshall? Did the players execute better? Were they sharper? Did they do a better job of avoiding penalties, turnovers, and poor decisions? From a coaching standpoint, how was the gameplan? Did the staff do a better job of maximizing their talent and creating mismatches? Were the players in a position to win the game and play to their strengths?
Let’s start with the defense, because for Bud Foster’s unit, it’s much easier. I said last week that Foster and his staff would come out with a “bend but don’t break” mentality. I warned the Hokie fans that Cato would break containment,...
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