Warren Buffett has been quoted as saying something along the lines of, "make sure the fundamentals of the business you invest in are sound, because someday an idiot might be running that business. But, if the underlying fundamentals of the business really are sound, then the business will still be able to do well in spite of the fact that an idiot is running the business."
I think this is an appropriate analogy to this season's VT offense. I am fairly certain that outside of VT's offense in its lone championship game appearance, that this is the deepest and most talented offense VT has had. Actually, on paper, this VT offense could potentially be better but I am going to be cautiously optimistic about that happening until I see us play in some real games first.
The OL coach finally has "his guys" (sorry Stiney, but you were a poor OL coach and bad judge of OL talent overall with few exceptions in my humble opinion) and the OL has great depth at every position. Recruiting has also improved across the board at every single position. For the first time in over 6 yrs, the OL could actually be a strength of our offense EVERY GAME instead of once in awhile and our QB might be able to go through his progressions instead of running for his life most passing plays after 2-3 seconds. We are also STACKED at every single skill position despite the injury to star RB Darren Evans (Get well Darren!).
I also think it is pretty funny that some in the press are questioning Tyrod's ability to pass when he was not even supposed to be playing last season. But, I digress from my point. My point is that all of the positions on offense seem talented, deep in terms of depth and hungry to help this VT team accomplish what no other VT team has been able to accomplish before.
Put simply, the goal of this VT team is not to win an ACC Championship like it was the goal of last yr's VT team. This VT team has higher hopes. Much higher hopes in fact. Based on this yr's schedule, we will be tested early and often with Alabama, Nebraska and Miami in the first 4 games of the season. Alabama is no doubt the toughest first game VT has ever had to open up with besides playing the USC Trojans in DC back in 2004.
Before we actually get to see our team litmus tested against a top notch SEC team in primetime on ESPN in front of the entire country, I want to pose to everyone a question; can the VT offense have a great yr in spite of Stiney? Can a great, fundamentally sound business still do very well in spite of having a very poor manager running it? That's the question that has been burning inside of me all offseason long and come Saturday night, I will get a partial answer to my question.
This is all I want to say for now. Sorry to those of my other fellow Hokies that enjoyed reading my BLOG posts of the past on this site. I will be back from time to time to check in on things. It sucks being an adult instead of an undergrad college student, but that's life. I promise I have not flown the coop! I don't know about you all, but I cannot wait for Sat night! :-)
(Reformatted for ease of reading by Illinois Hokie)
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.