Well, HokieJayBee is still in Roanoke after a fun filled Thanksgiving day holiday with family. Gonna watch some Redskins versus the Shooting Plaxico's before getting on the road home to Hampton. But I had a couple seconds before lunch and I wanted to check in and read some of the other FBS blogs from yesterday's game and post a quick one myself.
Echoing my fellow posters here, I relunctantly have to give BStines a non-failing grade yesterday. Between the 20's, he called a mediocre-ly decently non-horrible game.
My failing grade for yesterday goes to coach Beam-dog himself. [caveat: I'm under the assumption that Bstines or other assistants do not have control over Frank's final decision making regarding 3rd/4th down decisions in the red zone]. We Hokies left a minimum of 9 points off the board yesterday. In a tight defensive battle against a foe with similar offensive struggles, 9 points is enormous.
1. The missed field goal. Set up to be a severely angled chip shot by the sweep running plays on 2nd and 3rd downs, was at an unnecessary hard angle. If we're going to run wide from inside the 5, it needs to be a run/pass option with Tyrod - not Evans on a sweep. Our O-line is much improved, but unfortunately sweeps are not as big of a part of our offense as I personally would like. So, if you're not good at it - don't do it at the opponent's 5 and hurt your place kicker's opportunity at an extra point chip shot 3 points.
2. Glennon's interception. We're at the Cavalier 15-17 yard line. It's 3rd and long. And Sean Glennon throws a pick in the end zone. Horrible play call. [luckily matched later in the game by the 'hoos when they could have kicked a game tying field goal with an eerily similar play call]. Gracious I admit, at that stage of the game, with the current score and flow of the game, I was hoping for a [gasp] run middle and kick the 3 points. That play call, and Glennon's floater into the end zone, were horrible. I'm assuming he overthrew Boone trying to drop it in over the linebacker, and was picked by the corner who was on the deep WR - not that he underthrew the WR in the end zone that badly. But either way, I'm not upset about trying to find Boone in the middle of the field, I'm upset at the play call itself in that situation in the game.
3. The Wild Turkey call from 4th and 1 on the 1. So much wrong with this one. First, kick the damn field goal and take the lead at this point. Second, kick the damn field goal and take the lead at this point. Third, don't call a slow developing play out of shotgun with a slower/stronger runner like Boone, with a play action reverse hitch in the way too. Fourth, kick the damn field goal and take the lead at this point.
Time for lunch. My quick hitter thoughts before I go:
1. BStines gets a non-failing grade for the weekend. Happy Thanksgiving. Since it's only fair, a couple positives. Passes greater than 5 yards in the middle of the field, Boone/Coales/etc. Nicely done. And, running not-the-same-one-and-only Boone run out of the Wild Turkey. Incomplete, but again, nicely done.
Not once during this post have I called for his firing. Don't forget to sign the Guru's petition! Well dammit, that didn't last. All kidding aside, one C+ "decent" game does not save a season. Wooohoooooo, up to 102nd in total offense! This does not equal 3 year extension Beamer, please.
2. Kick the damn field goal.
3. Two years in a row we get to avenge a close regular season loss to BC for the ACCC. And BC is on their 2nd string QB now.....but he's a mobile Vic-Hall-like guy.....
4. Shame on you Hokie fans. Leaving the game on the bypass and even on I-81 all the way to Roanoke, shame on you. Horrible driving, not polite to other Hokies, cutting each other off, not nice merging,...........shame.
5. Bud Foster for president.
6. Monday at work, ask your Cavalier co-workers and cube mates what that smell is. When they look confused, waft your hand under your nose and say, "mmmmm, I love the smell of bowl elgibility in the morning".
FBS Mission Statement:
We at FBS believe that offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring bears the largest share of the blame for years of sub-par output from some of the most talented players ever to set foot on Worsham Field. We believe the main objective of the VT football program - a national championship - will escape us as long as Stinespring is making the calls. We therefore advocate the improvement of our football program through the replacement of our offensive coordinator.