Today’s word of the day is … gutty!
- Innermost emotional or visceral response: .
- guts The inner or essential parts:
- Slang Courage; fortitude:
- (still) Head Football Coach Frank Beamer, and the changes he made before Nc.State!
This aging (then) 2 up and 3 down wounded animal turned out to be a dangerous one indeed. Just ask da Wolfpack if you don’t believe me.
As Frank’s bite turned out to be worse than his bark, and this as so many were calling for “next” even right up until kickoff over on the pay side of TSL.com.
Friday night coach Beamer turned back the clock and won a vintage Beamer era football game in classical O&M Style.
One might dare say Frank won it the Smith Barney or “old-fashioned way…
…he earned it.”
2nd Quarter 11:45 remaining:
Yah; sure, the home-run rainbow throw to Ford on the sideline fly pattern was sexxy enough. Though it was actually rookie left or blind-side Ot #69 Yosuah Nijman who saved the day with the peel-off boundary side Cb blitz pick-up of the dealing #11 of Nc.State. Make no mistake, this is a big boy play from a kid with big time potential men. In fact this is at least an upperclassman level pick-up by Nijman. Maybe even a Sunday level pick-up in point of fact.
3rd Quarter 1:00, game and possibly season remaining:
(Play of the game)
+6, +16, +11, +4, +4, +3, +4, +3 … and then on 3nd and 2 a passing incomplete?!?
This one may not be due to any credit of our own, as I have no earthly idea why State just had to throw this football with two downs available to pick up less than 6 feet?!? One of the worst opposing calls I’ve seen in several years of doing this, as the Wolfpac -to their credit- had smartly marched from their very own 30 yard-line to our very own 14 yard-line and then promptly wet the play-calling bed. Go fig’ on throwing this one when for we could not stop the run for 9 straight plays?!? Try as we might, this game still ain’t rocket-surgery folks. K.I.S.S(tate), and simply run the damn ball.
If you ask me? We beat Nc.State on this inexplicable play-call and this one very well may go down as the seminal moment or no doubt unsung turning point in our 2015 season.
4th Quarter 7:00 remaining:
EPIC individual efforting here by Travon McMillian on a play that would have made Edwin Moses of high hurdling championship double-gold medal, 107 consecutive finals wins, and 4-time world record holder fame proud. And as much as I like J.c.c. and as much as I respect Trey? They won’t be making this play anytime soon; as this is coach God Given talent in the fullest. This kid is good, and yes, Virginia Tech hit paydirt and no less than 3-cherries straight across on a jackpot recruiting pick-up in T.McMillian –now being converted to Tb. And if Travon keeps developing? He is all-A.c.c. good.
12 midnight 1o.o9, Tech Thoughts:
Let us cut straight to the chase, in the combined nearly 26 odd football coaches, graduate assistants, directors of whatever and so forth on the Worsham Field or up in the press-box of Lane Stadium proper on Friday night? None other than the haggard, now much maligned, and yet …not yet dead old warhorse his very own self, one Mister Fancy Gap or Frank Beamer –he reigned supreme!
Frank Beamer was the best coach on the field last Friday night men.
Make no mistake here.
- As it was Frank who cut out the everyone’s best friend Tb via committee routine of the other coach Beamer.
- It was Frank who took full responsibility for the laggard efforting vs. a solid though beatable Pitt Panther squad the sleepy looking week before.
- And it was Frank who said his very own Virginia Tech football club needed to “get back to having fun”, both at practice and in-game last week post-Pitt.
And it was damn sure Frank who rallied these sagging 2-3 and possibly down for the count O&M troops. Not coach Next, not richrod, not coach Kelly,…..FRANK people. It was Frank who taught the new-school an old-school elementary gridiron lesson.
- our island-man on edges has ever so slightly been tightening up, almost imperceptibly, even, quietly; as it slowly yet surely, improves!
- Chuck Clark in particular strikes me as a Cb playing Fs. A team leading 51 stops -a staggering 31 of which are solo tackles– and that strikes me as Defensive M.V.P. As the early vibe here is that this guy is a Pro. Because Mister Clark plays very very well with his back to the ball and has done some very smart Slot coverage work for Foster in the last 8 quarters of play.
- Now mix in Brandon Facyson who is starting to shake off some of his rustication or coverage oxidation; and suddenly you might just backdoor Bud Stout’s signature 2 lock-down island-coverage Corner’s (even if one of them is playing Fs).
- now mix in the organically ball-hawking Adonis Alexander, who brings a new element of pass protect marksmanship to the typically forward facing or run-prone Rover spot, and suddenly you are really only one more true Cb away from having a very tight secondary before the Thanksgiving leftovers get too cold.
- a season high in Time To Throw metrics with 4 Sacks, 6 Qb Hurries and 14 Qb Pressures helps, just like that.
- “Shhhhhhhh!” Don’t tell anyone, though is the Tuaman starting to find his niche? Notice I did not hyperbole and type: starting to turn the corner. As much maligned #54 still does not shed blocks very well. Though he does appear to be playing faster. And this -per always- connotes a baller who is starting to figure things out, as the game begins to proverbially slow down for the same. Or in other words, why leave poor #54 marooned (pardon the pun) out there in the middle to simply get physically mugged? Did we leave an even lighter-weight Chase Williams there to get pwned last year? No. We dealt Chase same as we have begun to red-dog or blitz the Tuaman a good deal more on the inside. (and where did we read this idea; first?)
The Tuaman may only be averaging just south of 5 tackles per game, and yah; that is kinda mean, median mode Mike-Lb low. Though the more we launch him N-S, the less he is getting physically owned and therefore the less conspicuously obvious the MLb position rush-fit sore thumb becomes. Almost improvement in reverse or via disposal if you will.
- However, would somebody plu-eee-zee teach my boy Dadi to not tackle as high as possible? He’s missed at least 3 Qb sacks thus far this season by head-tackling, maybe more.
VT letter grades:
Virginia Tech Offense:
Qb play gets the lowest possible B— due to injury, grim, guttiness, and the fact that I expect it to improve, upon my boy m.Brewer’s return, for as long as he lasts that is. Also like seeing us ranked 27th in Passing Efficiency and averaging less than 1 INT per game (with 5); such is not the worst thing when you are playing Musical Chairs at Qb.
Rb’s looks to me like they are sorting themselves out, Frankly speaking, pun very well intended. They may not be epic, though Rogers and McMillian are authentically above average, 5.8 and 7.8 from them respectively per carry says so!
Wr’s and Te’s: blocking is better all not named Ford, Wr depth is wanting, although if Bucky can give us more in the second-half of 2015, this is still an above average unit.
oLine: run blocking is still ahead of pass protect, as coach Stacy is the anti-Curt Newsome in that regard. However 89th in Sacks allowed is especially troubling, given the fragile career of one Qb12 or m.Brewer. Ditto the fact that poor Motley is dragging 3-4 small to medium sized dings and dents around his ownself.
VT O overall: methinks this offense showcases a modest positive slope from here on out, coach God and m.Brewer’s person safety allowing of course.
As Frank has ordered our best offensive 11 out onto the filed. No more everybody’s best friend at Tb platooning approach –and that can only help. Hence the lowest possible B— overall.
Virginia Tech Defense:
dLine: if there is a more underwhelming layer to this Tech football team right now; I’m not sure what that would be? 3 all-conference pre-season nominees and one stop-unit that is 96th best in the nation in defensing the run later and you see what I mean. Dadi is not the same guy with his broken-hand, however Ken is coming on and Barron has excelled. Though we need more than a 61st (or average) Havoc Rate from 3 all conference guys.
Linebacking: well, we all knew Mike-Lb might be a bugbear and Mike-Lb has not disappointed; however, the Tuaman is slowly playing just a bit better, week-by-week. Whip and ‘backer have not been traditionally productive; either. As I can only foresee marginal 2nd-layer improvement going forth; and what little there will be will be from the Tuaman himself.
Secondary: some odd substitution patterns have injured this grade, ditto the fact that our best defender (Fuller) is out for the year. That would appear to cap things at first blush; however, this hind-4 (or 5) appears to be coming together as I type on film. Ergo, I firmly predict their second-half of 2015 is in excess of their first-half. The only question is in the measurement, or by just how much? (as a 30th best Havoc Rate thus far is pretty dang fair to middling, considering…)
overall: this may not be an epic or vintage version of Bud Stout on tap, Bud Bock is more like it. Nevertheless, I do forecast that this ’15 stop-unit will slowly tighten up a bit more and a bit more as 2015 wears on, and as we benefit from seeing less dynamic opposing offenses for our trouble as well.
This too, same as the Qb grade, depends upon Brewer’s participation quotient. It goes up and this projection does the same | it goes down however and a sub .5oo or negative record is not umpossbile. Right now my best take is we overachieve and finish a gutty looking 8-4 or at worst a post-season eligible 7-5.
Virginia Tech=52nd overall ranking from b.street and so.main