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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Notable Quotables

There were a lot of interesting quotes that came out of the Virginia Tech coaching staff after the comeback win at NC State. And no, I'm not talking about this one from Bryan Stinespring:

I actually brought my son Daniel. Somebody said a ninth-grader could do a better job in the red zone than you. So I brought Daniel down here and, heck, they were right. Wow. I go, ‘What do you think?’ He called it out. Boom, touchdown.
Okay, look, Stiney was joking around. He was being self-depricating. We get that. We never said Stiney lacked a sense of humor. He's a funny guy when he's not submarining our offensive talent. And Satuday's performance in Raleigh was the second best output in terms of yards and points this season against one of the better defenses VT has faced. So Stiney's allowed to cut up a little.

I'm actually talking about the serious, no bullshit quotes. And there were some that made me go cross eyed. Like this one, again from Stinespring, and in all seriousness this time, regarding the go-ahead touchdown pass from Tyrod to Boykin:

"In hindsight you kind of want [Boykin] to get down at the one so we can run three and get out of there, but this time you just score when you can."

You want him to get down at the one there? Instead of score? You actually want him to be stopped short of the goal line?

When I read that, after I picked my jaw up off the floor and plastered over the hole I had just punched in my wall, I sort of shrugged it off and figured Stiney was mistaking Jarret Boykin's touchdown reception - which was a go-ahead touchdown - with Darren Evan's rushing touchdown 56 second later, which iced the game. Stiney was probably just still excited and got confused, because there's no way he was actually saying Boykin should have come up short of the endzone under any circumstances.

Then I came across this quote from Frank Beamer regarding the same play:

“I think Tyrod Taylor made a couple great plays, a great throw at the end and Jarrett Boykin made a heck of a run. I just want to that thing in the endzone and worry about the time later."
And it's suddenly all becoming clear. The intensity of the NC State comeback forced the coaches to go away from their traditional approach, which is apparently to come up short of the end zone with the intention of draining some time off the clock. The offensive philosophy at work at Virginia Tech apparently isn't "score," but instead, "don't score too quickly."

There's being conservative in your playcalling, and then there's just being stupid. The goal of the offense is to put points on the board. Lots of points, and in whatever manner the opposing defense will allow. You never look back at a touchdown and think to yourself, man, I wish he'd gotten stopped at the one so we could have run some more plays. You take the points, you send out the lunchpail crew, and you put the game away.


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