Okay. I've officially moved through the five stages of grieving over the Sugar Bowl bullshit. Time to bring it all together.
This won't be a long, detailed post, because you can't overanalyze 2011. It was, as our beloved head coach would say, what it was. But I will say this: Mike O'Cain just simply works as play caller. I'm still 100% in Mike's corner, and will be for the foreseeable future (at least the duration of Logan Thomas' career as a Hokie) because this year I saw us be what I've always wanted to see us be. We dominated time of possession and we set the tempo of the game ourselves. We were proactive, not reactive. We weren't afraid to throw it, and we weren't afraid to run it, and the result was over 3,000 passing yards and over 2,500 rushing yards and the 35th ranked total offense averaging 414 yards per game. WE MOVED THE BALL EFFECTIVELY, which is what I have always longed for.
If you want to see VT adopt a spread option offense a la West Virginia or Oregon, you and I are at odds on what we want to see the program become. Spread option offenses are bullshit. They don't prepare players for the NFL, and as soon as they hit a spectacular defense they fall apart. See Oregon vs LSU in the season opener, for example. Pro style offenses prepare players for the NFL, which attracts better recruits. It's no wonder why we've been able to land recruits like Tyrod Taylor, Eddie Royal, Ryan Williams, and David Wilson even when Stiney was calling the plays: we put offensive guys in the League. I only look for that to improve with O'Cain in the booth on Saturdays. The results from his first full season seem to support that assumption.
That being said, let's cut the crap and officially name O'Cain co-offensive coordinator and give the man his richly deserved pay raise, what do you say, Frank? In one season O'Cain accomplished more on offense than Stiney EVER has, and he did it with a first year starting QB.
Now there is MAJOR room for improvement on offense, especially in the red zone. It might help that we won't have a tailback who runs 22 yards backwards on a goal-to-go play, but overall the offense just needs to be tightened up to move as effectively inside the opponent's 20 as it did outside of it this season. That should be objective number one in the offseason. Well, maybe objective number two. Objective number one is figuring out Clemson.
And I have to say it. Frank Beamer needs to restructure his role with this program. His special teams have become an albatross around our necks rather than the strength the team is built around. I don't think he needs to retire, because I think he has a few more years of coaching left in him. But I do think he needs to stop coaching special teams. He needs to transition to more of a CEO role, where his duties are primarily game planning and prep oriented, and on game day he needs to let his coaches coach.
This is going to be (another) long, dark offseason. The Sugar Bowl clusterfuck will leave a bad taste in my mouth until August when fall practice begins. But that's a feeling I'm getting used to these days.
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.