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.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Let the grand experiment begin.

"We believe the main objective of the VT football program - a national championship - will escape us as long as Stinespring is making the calls." - FBS mission statement

Okay. So let's put that to the test.

For a guy who helps run a blog called Fire Bryan Stinespring, I'm not really the hater you might assume me to be. I've always said Bryan Stinespring has something to offer Virginia Tech football. He's was a good offensive line coach and is a good tight ends coach. He's dedicated, puts in the extra effort, and I think he genuinely wants Virginia Tech's offense to be successful.

He just stinks on ice as a play caller. I mean bad. Like stupid bad. No feel for the in-game flow whatsoever. He's still calling five step drops when the opposing defense is sending the house. Over and over and over again. It's a miracle he hasn't gotten a quarterback killed.

But the dirty little secret here is I actually like the offense Stinespring has put together, just not the way he calls it. There's a lot to be said about a pro set offense. Recruits like it because it hypothetically makes for an easier transition to the League. It's not gimmicky like Paul Johnson's flexbone or Ruffin McNeil's air raid. It works. If it's called correctly.

I think VT has everything it needs to be successful on offense in Stinespring's playbook, so long as someone can pick the right play out of that playbook at the right time. Stiney has never shown a propensity for that. So lets see what Mike O'Cain can do.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Our Distinguished Opponents

This speaks for itself.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Yup, We're Still Here.

Welcome back, folks. It's been an eventful summer in the VT Football front office, and yet nothing has changed: We have two new coaches, but didn't let anyone go. We have a new man calling the plays, but the same (crappy) OC. And we *still* have a trophy case for our national championship trophy that we haven't won.

So where does that leave us, the loyal writers and readers of FBS? For yet a second season in a row, we're taking the "wait and see" approach. Last season, our optimism based on the talent on the offensive side of the ball led us to relax a bit. That relaxing break lasted just long enough to see Boise State walk all over us.

Lesson learned: Talent does not trump Stiney.

This season, we're left wondering what QB coach, and new play-caller Mike O'Cain can do with the playbook. Stiney's playbook. Keep in mind that O'Cain was once NC State's Head Coach, and has served as UNC's and Clemson's OC. This isn't his first time calling the shots, and he wasn't so bad at it the last time around. He's put nationally ranked offenses on the field from the OC spot, but eventually fell victim to Tommy Bowden and his incredible ability to throw anyone and everyone under the bus.

The short of it: he's a good coach who has gotten a raw deal in his past. My question: will this be another raw deal? The way I see it, O'Cain has been put in this position for one of two reasons: either he legitimately has the ability to improve our play calling based on his close relationship with new QB Logan Thomas (as we have been told in so many interviews with those involved)...

OR this is a ploy to insulate Stiney from criticism after what could very well be the most disappointing season in recent memory. Either way, FBS still exists, and we won't go anywhere until VT has a different OC. Let's just hope that this season turns into Mike O'Cain's application for the permanent position.

If not, you know where to find us.

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