The winner here was the man with the best resume. Mike O'Cain has something like three centuries of coaching experience at various levels and positions. Okay, slight exaggeration, but the man really has seen it all. And apparently not many people are holding the whole Sean Glennon thing against him, nor the slower-than-we'd-hoped-for development of Tyrod's passing game. And I can't argue against the idea of having a man who's had head coaching experience calling your offensive plays. O'Cain's preference of pro-style QBs over the more mobile type we prefer in Blacksburg slightly concerns me here, but if O'Cain can implement a system centered around a pocket passer that actually works, then I say hell yes, let's roll with it!
Coming in second was the man with the longest tenure on the VT coaching staff, running backs coach Billy Hite. Hite's been coaching at VT longer than Frank Beamer. He's also, over the long haul, produced more NFL-caliber players at his position than anyone else on the offensive staff. The running game has almost always been the cornerstone of VT football. The only exception in recent memory would be the '07 season (and to a lesser extent, the '06) and that's more a case of coaching the uncoachable than anything else. Hite understands the Hokies' offense because he's been present for its entire evolution. We might get a little tired of all the handoffs with Hite in the OC chair, but at least we know he doesn't have the same love/hate relationship with the rushing game that certain offensive coordinators in Blacksburg seem to have.
Rounding out the rest of the coaching staff, the only real news here is that basically very few people are sold on Kevin Sherman or Curt Newsome to be anything more for the coaching staff than they are right now. Given the fact that we ranked 109th in passing offense and 111th in sacks allowed, I think the feelings concerning our wide receivers and offensive line coaches are justified.
Here's the surprise of the poll. I added the "Throw 'em all out" option purely as a tongue-in-cheek move, thinking it'd get maybe a couple of clicks to let the truly exasperated make a point. The notion of eviscerating the entire offensive staff, however, tied for second. Apparently there are a lot of thoroughly pissed off people in Hokie Nation, people whose angst and anger run far deeper than even my own. I won't debate the point too much here, but I will go on record as saying that tossing the entire staff is a bad idea.
Another week of good response to the poll. Thanks to all who voted and please vote on the new question!