As someone ghosted on the TSL.com subscribers message board over 4 weeks ago … it has now been objectively science-fact confirmed, that coach Grimey would indeed be the very first Virginia Tech assistant coach to go. This was nearly unanimously poorly received and nay-sayed on TSL; right up until it forcibly was not…
…and yes, Jeff was the least great Virginia Tech fit. Namely, because he is now an adopted Louisianian State fit. Ergo, let the Virginia Tech offensive-line rebuilding process, begin anew, once more, all over again…
It’s a grimey job, though someone’s got to do it. Only caveat is … this is now a multi, and I do mean multi –as in plural, very plural- years of a job. Why however is what you should be asking yourself and therefore holding myself and my feets to the scrutiny fueled fire?
My response in defense is threefold…
- First up, and for starters, everything begins (or ends) up-front. Think of this remaining and foreseeable Beamer era offense as a automobile. In our metaphor, the VT offensive-line would be the tires. Only thing is that we (now) have one spare, one C.News tire, one Grimey tire, and one offensive-line coach to be named later wheel. I don’t know about you, though that’s pretty tired to me. And we all know just how well life tends to go as the proverbial third wheel. Juxtaposition, jumbling and a mongrel approach will now be the rule of the day and it will be no less that 4 years before a 5 of-a-kind day dawns, at a minimum! Because what are the odds that the 2017 Virginia Tech head football coach retains Frank’s third offensive line coach in 3 years???
- Secondly, and this is a real live problem for the returning starters in particular –of which we currently field four. All techniques, schemes, emphasi, drills, and even the common-tongue film-room nomenclature itself are all about to change. The overall playbook will appear to be similar, though an upfront directors cut is about to be force feed yet again this spring. (less any in-house promotion from within of course) Three sets of techniques and incidents of tactical emphasis is at least four too many in back-to-back-to-back seasons! That’s bad medicine folks, and I ain’t Marry Poppins and here comes our third spoonful of X’s and O’s, that’s how it’s set to go down. Hence, this is a recipe for no better than confusion, collision and playbook(s) tying up feets.
- Tertiary, how much attrition should we expect in what appeared to be a very o-ver-ra-ted initial, and simultaneously final coach Grimey debut and now departing offensive-line class? Notice the offers lists’ that these now wavering O&M verbal’s solicited. One outta the five looked pretty sporty to the R.A.T.T. in me, one is prolly gonna go to “the” Ohio State and two of the other three are shows signs of vibes, if not outright commitment tremors. That’s not and epic class in and of itself, and it’s gonna damn sure be a good deal south of that if these verbals fall upon deaf ears and re-nag.
Conclusion(s), illation … pragmatism:
Frankly speaking, to preach or to espouse anything else is practice a pagan devotion to O&M replacement theology. As it will objectively take the in-coming offensive-line coach at least 3-4 years at a minimum to graduate the didactic and mixed-bag set of Newsome+Grimey refugee ballers and to then, slowly yet surely write or reshape the Virginia Tech offensive ground-troops into a sporting icon (Greek: meaning “image”), of his very own.
To believe anything else is to be well versed in the arcane arts of spiritual delusion and deception, and that’s way too secular of a response from a nominally altogether rather devout and downright pious Virginia Tech football fan-base.
Do yourself and your expectations a big favor; give the new Hokie offensive-line coach some room, let him breath and don’t hold your very own breath or embrace inflated or hurried expectations, or anything else, for several years; plural.