Quarterbacks part III, and an off-field Audit 1o1:
Virginia Tech football has just officially posted its most ruckus off-season in a good 15 years— and according to my abacus and my sources, this off-season ain’t done just yet.
Personally, I figured I had better fashion something in response to all of this acerbic off-field juju before all of my high road piously intended attempt(s) results in a (non)-publishing apoxia of sorts.
I do still have some Qb part III works down below, and we are probably gonna have to stretch the quarterback articles all the way out into a rather elastic quad-series before I do finally get to and get into the Jackson Genome Project where coach Spock and I can, and we will objectify what we have S&C testing resultant found behind the O&M scenes— Coach God willing. Nevertheless, I am gonna finally chime in on this off-season from hell… so read on to learn more about Qb1 threw Qb3 vetting and then keep reading to learn what time it really is program hygiene wise down in the 24060.
Qb or not two Qb, that is the… comparison…
So, what if I told you about two different Qb’s and here is basically all I had to say…
- Older Qb year 1: (in seven games)
46% passing, 10:8 (TD:INT ratio), 1,271 passing and –69 rushing. With a 104.2 Qb rating.
- Newer Qb year 1:
59.6% passing, 20:9 (TD:INT ratio), 2,991 passing and 324 rushing. With a 134 Qb rating.
Which Qb would you choose?
Pretty easy decision tree, right? As you surely prune the Older Qb on the quick; right?
Now, the collegiate statistically sage among you are already mentally nominating older Qb as being none other than Ryan Willis; correct? Well, you are getting warmer, as those are Big 8 stats indeed. Now, what if I told you how older Qb finished up?
- Older Qb year 4: (in only 11 games, mind you)
60% passing, 27:9 (TD:INT ratio), 3,497 passing and 42 rushing. With a shiny 156.3 Qb rating!
What if I throw in being named his Conference Player of the Year, finishing in the Top-7 for National Player of the Year? How about if I told that that older Qb set single-season records at his school for a quarterback including most pass completions, highest pass efficiency, most passing yards, and most touchdown passes thrown in a single campaign.
What if I told you older Qb put up a stellar 50 passing TD’s in his most recent 22 games? What if I told you he even caught one for a 15-yard gain; and had 5 total rushing TD’s on top of all of that?
Now, which Qb do you choose?
Or shall we defer to ask ~ 8 pm September 3rd @Tallahassee?
Well, we could, and ultimately as Qb1 goes maybe we will still have to ask Labor Day night– although older Qb is all said and done; so, we won’t be asking him; or at least we will not be asking him to go out there, suit up, and play. As the older Qb’s eligibility expired 19 seasons ago. And yet we do have to ask him who our 2018 Qb1 will be, all fingers point to that.
As older Qb is not Ryan Willis -although you can forgive the sporting overlap or simile; can you not? The Older Qb is none other than ex-Qb1 now turned big whistle or ex #2 wearing Qb1 who actually did transfer to Murray State as none other than a Frank Beamer recruit. “And now you know the beginning of the story…”
As the rest of our Qb1 story will have to August camp hurry up and wait; as this is ultimately where our now annotated Qb1 story ends remains to be written. Nevertheless, I can tell you this little…
As I surely now understand why Coach Fu’ hates turnovers so much; and interceptions being his particular bane. He should; as in he should be familiar with them having cited or thrown not less than a whopping 38 picks his very own self.
So, in looking all of this up, and in addition to finding out why/how Fu’ truly loathes turnovers —as one could be forgiven for typing that his very own authorship of said turnovers ultimately cost him his dream in-state pet Qb1 job (at Oklahoma); we also may be gleaming as to why Fu’ does not seem real comfortable with truly running Qb’s.
Why is this you ask? Well Fu’ although not entirely the enemy of speed itself, well Qb1 Fu’ rushed for a whopping –355 total yards in careerist reverse himself. Or to put it another way, throwing may be in his blood, although running was separated from his Pivotal plasma a long long time ago.
Still yet, Fu’ the Qb did figure things out; even if that was from dropping down from the nation-leading Big-8 to the much less vaunted D-1aa Ohio Valley Conference. Basically, a two-team conference race (Murray State and Illinois State) year-in and year-out. Still yet, they say he enlisted in the given film-room: (<<) reverse, fast-forward (>>); rinse, recycle, repeat; ad nauseam. Until the proverbial game began to literally slow down for the conference wondering/itinerant Qb1 …and somewhere along the 1998-1999 way, a future sideline general was born. And as we know from this very web-page… the only place improving comes before owning is the dictionary.
And Qb1 Fu’ did own his very own misQ’s and he did eventually improve as a Qb1 and he did clean that passing mess up. Finishing in not less than national staring style at Murray State after some darker Oklahoma days early on… “…the darker the night — the brighter the stars.”
Now, and all that to say, which is to ask… which contemporary Virginia Tech eligible Qb1 does ex-Qb1 coach-Fu’ most remind you of? Joshua Jackson or Ryan Willis? Or even Hendon Hooker for that matter?
Because one could say that it is actually Ryan Willis who is actually closer if not closest to the Human Fu’nome passing Project that was a late 1990’s Qb1 Justin Fuente his own self.
And yah; me three; as I can now see why Lawson and Bush scared the dickens outta a less than comfortable on the run former #2 wearing Qb1. As you can half-roll a Qb1 Fu’ outta the pocket though you cannot take the pocket protector outta the well measured Fu’. As it was not until I wrote this article that I finally realized just how ensconced inside the traditional U or V-shaped so-called: “passing cup” that most Fuente coached Qb’s be. As further Fu’fenseive evidence, I offer you the benching of the first year dual-threat inherited Qb1 at Memphis (#9 Jacob Karam) for a far less mobile pocket Paxton Lynch. Prior to that, I offer you the science-fact that another pocketed Qb -enter: Andy Dalton- sat the extremely elusive #11 one Marcus Jackson at Texas Christian University.
Now, granted, Lynch and Dalton are indeed fully vested professional caliber Quarterbacks; whereas Karam was prolly not and yet until a year ago Jackson actually was.
Though the pattern -pardon the pigskin pun- the pattern begins to emerge.
Now enter the thudding though less than explosive Jerod Evans as 2017 Qb1 at Virginia Tech. Jerod with a barreling good 846 yards rushing -many of which were not on actual run calls mind you- and yet just two totes >32 yards on the scrumming good pile pushing 2016 ground gaining season.
Do you see what I mean now Techsideline.com?
The most electric run-fit Qb on pretty much any -if not on every single- coach Fu’ coached football team simply does, not, play. Or at best he goes Alice the maid and mops up when the work is done. Including having a serially wounded Joshua Jackson drag hurt after hurt after hurt around until the close of 2017 business when JAX had no business whatsoever playing beat all to hell as he was post-Miami down in the L @Georgia Tech. None, nada, nil… and if you do not believe me just ask the Miami game tape and if you do not believe that just ask the face of Coach Jackson who looked like he was gonna pass out from the distress of watching his stress fractured flesh-n-blood with a partially torn labium, suck it up like 10 bilge pumps and take more than 11 for dear ole V.P.I.
“Do you believe me now, Trinity?”
As there is very credible historical evidence that coach Fu’ consciously, subconsciously or unconsciousness is credibly a likes attract, or a very homogeneous ex-Qb seeking type of head coach. Homophones as Fu’s historic Qb1 selections have gone or by all memes b.street; hear-here!
The curious case of Ryan Willis…
Ryan -or Ry’ to his friends and family- Ryan was almost the August Camp opening Qb1 via default or through no fault of his own. As some would have me say he almost got his de facto chance to hold gridiron court until the twisty turny Joshua Jackson academic appeal matter was finally straightened out.
Accordingly, I really cracked the books, did my very own homework, went M.L.A., on-time, no copycats allowed… and here is what I found on Ry’ Willis…
It is true, this is not your typical looking modern era spread out wheat bread Qb, as this whole grain Ry’ is Midwest corn feed Qb and I gotta say, upon studying this kid I can kinda (now) see how at times this has not mixed all that well with some of his more localized teammates. A blind man could see it with a cane… Ryan rolls to a different vibe and he John Deere rolls in a different Footloose kinda way. (no word yet on how he does playing chicken with tractors) As one way of describing it would be to say he nearly rolls social media naive or at least he’s not all that concerned with “frontin'” to put it in modern era terms.
And upon extensive pictorial review… “yes”, Ryan does flash a whole lotta Kansas gear. That much is fair as someone who looks a lot like me has posted numerous photogs of such on both the free and the pay sides of techsideline.com. The size 44 catch-22 is… Ry’ be sporting Kay Cee threads folks! Kansas City Chiefs or Kansas City Royals gear galore. A lot of it and he does wear his K.C. homespun homesteading looks often enough. Too much? Meh… I’m more inclined to agree with Mae West than I am to agree with such a touchy, attention-needy, sissy social media call-outs of Ryan’s geocentric attire, “call me anything just call me often” and believe you me… social media has called poor Ryan some very harsh -if not slanderous/liable- things for his Jayhawking haberdashing look indeed.
Though, why? What for all you social media lowercase diva cuckold cat-callers?
What precisely do you girlfriends gain by haranguing such a traditionally grain-belt red-state clean-cut kid?
LOL… give me a break you neverwasbeen won’t ever be winning best dressed any time soon while rolling: blue sock + brown sock = black shoe fashionistas.
As these TSL.com gear based thread(s) nonsense strikes me trite, pitiful and entirely Kardashian.
Or in other words… I have a novel idea… why don’t you eas back and let Ry’ be Ryan and then let all of us see what Ryan the possible Qb1 can be?
Soooooo, someone wrote in their F.s.u. preview that V.Tech would be down 2-4 starters for F.s.u.
Yes, Mook’ was one of ’em.
Though while Chris Coleman is writing about: “trust”… -which is fair/true/Fu’valid, I have
a different word of the day: (imagine that…)
- The condition or quality of being young.
- The time of life between childhood and maturity:
- An early period of development or existence:
- i.e. a 6th-year head coach in less than his full 41st season of being… Fu’.
As one thing that is very forfeit regarding the Tao of Fu’ himself… and that one thing you ask? Well, that one thing is his age.
As Justin James Fuente is a lotta things and still pretty dang young is still one of ’em.
Or to put it another way… Fu’ is still learning folks. He’s been a major D-1 powerhouse conference title contending coach. for a whopping two, that’s for (2) whole, entire football seasons… or ~27 games.
And quite honestly as his careerist nonpareil scuttled off-season goes?
It’s his youth that is getting… served.
A.K.A. Fu’ needs to grow up in the way he’s keeping VT.edu and off-field score(s) and he needs to add -not rollback from the previous regime- Fu’ needs to add some accountability and you do this via internally auditing your very own sense of censorship, first.
For example… why in the “wide wide world of sports” did he in part abolish VT.edu attendance accountability? Because these kids are already adults? LOL… “People get away with just exactly how much you allow them to get away with…” —one of my late father’s best teachings. What you allow is on you, or in this case, it is on Fu’. As he did cut out a couple of previous regimens previous strikes before you are out on his punishment/response laundry list. And that sure seemed more severe/authoritarian at first blush; n’est se-pas? Less therapy-first, second, third Frank; right?
And yet is Hokie football discipline from Staff to stern any better now that it was even during the twilight and then the sunset of the last grandfatherly and downright diseased big whistle? If you say: “yes”, please do riddle me how that could possibly be true in the space provided down below. Or how many more coaches and ballers have to go before this meets your personal calculus of: “hello Holden we have a problem?”
As methinks Fu’ is having to figure some things out on the fly and his disciplinary fly-reel has hit a truly naughty snag of an off-season thus far. Did I mention that he’s still pretty dang young yet folks?
Conduct, code(s), behavior, order(s), laundry-lists, call it what you want, just don’t call it as being in a high octane spartan disciplined place at this moment in O&M time or those of us who speak truth to the power will call bullfake on that.
And did I mention his… youth, yet?
So that’s what time it is men…
As in Fu is finding out the Hard way…
Fu is Smart enough to know he’s got to change/fix some of this… and by that I mean he has a lotta fixing left to do with the highly sorted ways-n-means of Mook’s case now being aired out as I type…
And yet how do you intentionally vent this much distributive off-season smoke you ask?
As the very first step in the longest off-field journey begins with the first accountability.
Though do remember, try as we might… we can not spell learning without the earning, as in you Coach Fu’ need to earn Chris’ word of: “trust” back. Just like Bartholomew’s Code and pirate knuckles everywhere remind us all… you get a grip… and then you… “HOLD FAST“.
Fu' the head football coach is >>> Fu' the VT.fb C.E.O.???
Now mix in stiffer VT.edu academic standards, and per the very same, why not teach your staff and ballers to keep score at pious things… like God, grades, attendance, volunteering, donating, and yah; you need to honor that before the now on O&M red-alert academics hold any more court with you and yours. As they will surely be watching your team on a downright hawkish curve after this.
That’s the hardcore gone too far been cut too much slack news folks… the good news is that methinks Fu’ is smart enough to know this is his low watermark season, he’s not risking a quad-play-off run by kicking anybody to any crub with a 2018 retooling/reloading football forecast or a partly-sunny season in the mix. (and I’m not sure he’s done, so go ahead and look for the Fu’fense company car to get some more suspension work done)
Nevertheless, this is one of the fallacies of being so exceptionally thrifty as a Dol.Gen.Store goes on disclosing 411. Through no intention of your very own, you coach Fu’ created this bull market on… interpretation. Speculation. Recantation. Flash-tweeting!
Why? Because you Sir are the onus of this news bottleneck.
No wonder the never worn a jock traditional media cannot resist… when you give them nearly nothing real on which to… subsist.
If you do not wanna talk about injuries… well why don’t you tell us something Hokie feel-good, something do-gooder Gobbler patriotic? You patronize us with next to nothing and then bristle and/or ensconce yourself even deeper in your reporters’ distrust cave when the traditional media goes speed racer in a first-mover social media sprint to air out your dirty laundry… huh? As sharp as you are, what did you honestly expect— (or did that just make too much, sense?) And let’s keep it real here Coach-Fu’, your program could really use some good news; STAT.
And as we all know to present a problem and walk away without marrying it to a solution is to do no better than to complain. So maybe take a page from Phillip Jackson and let the media handle some well-placed tweaking which leaves you semi hands off when it comes to dishing the dirt. Or maybe cultivate at least once “source” inside the fourth estate that you can “trust” -Chris Coleman’s word- to do the write thing(s) with indelicate subject matters while doing right by all things Vee Tee? And lest you think you are being pasquil, remember this… the more you cry the less you pee.
Pigskin mistakes happen, we want aggressive in-game mistakes gents… not those that are post-game careless or carefree.
And the very first accountability exercise you get good sir… is found right here at:
Virginia Tech Athletics Department
Jamerson Athletic Center/Cassell Coliseum/Merryman Center
Virginia Tech (0502)
Blacksburg, Va. 24061
PHONE: (5o4) 231-3977
As Whit is older and I for one trust that he will help you carefully redesign your system
architecture of accountability | i.e. don’t collate any more media control,
collate and then cultivate your very own command and control.