Your Notre Dame Eye in the Sky!!!

Notre Dame=45, Virginia Tech=23

Apologies… I did miss the double perfect game by one single, play. : (

Virginia Tech football fought hard, they fought well, they fought long and yet, in the end, the superior firepower and outside/edge match-ups of the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame simply outfought them.

The Gobblers did about all they could do effort wise Saturday night and they sure left a serious amount of O&M calories out on Worsham Field. Which makes this only 92% double-perfect humble scribe seriously wonder out loud… with what we have left
…where do we go from, here?

1Q 14:28 remaining:
Acta Non Verba N.Dame style and this is ENTIRELY what we call walking the walk…

…just watch as N.Dame’s true burner of a Rb (Williams) hand-signs “talk talk talk” to the mindless “woofin'” from Floyd and the Beamer tribute wearing Ladler as they suffer S talking diarrhea of the mouf post-play.

Don’t stain your name son(s).”
-Coach Eric Taylor-

This is how you “stick it in” mouthy ears!

1Q 12:30 remaining:
Although we can not rightfully say that Ashby is a right-size Mike-Lb, he, ain’t. We can rightfully say that someone brought him up both hard and well on tackling fundamentals along the way. As this -and a later 3rd Q halt- are masterful stops in space. Beautiful tackling 1o1… as two-three scrapes very well to the ball, with really bear claw strong hands when he does.

1Q 9:22 remaining:
BEST wedge KO return hit I’ve seen inflicted in many many a year, maybe even in a decade+.

As POWER to the Peoples lit #32 of N.Dame the Foxtrot Up!!! WOW what a hit. And props to one #32, as I have no idea how you get up -much less walk away- from an I.C.B.M. cratering impact like this.

Halftime ESPN I’ view:
He’s {sic: Ry’ Willis} trying to make every play ever invented in the history of football.”

So, -and thx @Coach God- allow me and my baller championship background and my perfect wire-to-wire 100% grade in Applied Sports Psych from Illinois under the Dr. Minnix help interpret this for yah…

JAX is Fu’s uber/mega boy. Seriously. If JAX can go JAX goes.

Been a while since I’ve seen a coach commit this much marriage to a Qb.
A likable, popular, Rolex game-manager; although ultimately the highest floor Qb.

JAX starts as soon as JAX is back would be my bet.
Ry’ can do this that… and JAX will start.
(QVT is the only one who might
divorce Fu’ from JAX)

S.Peeps is a damn dawgg!!!

However… why is this you sagely ask?

Fu’ was visibly and more so audibly buckled, annoyed, and really truly madly deeply personally and professionally alike put-off by the lack of control he currently maintains over his new Qb1. JAX=obedient and actually pretty smart. And do recall what someone told Will’s pay-side message board after the ~2 hours Fu’view (Fuente interview)… namely: when Fu’ wins he’s a mega attention to detail guy leaves nothing to chance guy… and when he gets beat or things go sour some day, he will be as viewed as a stickler of a martinet micromanager. As they say in the U.K…. “you do the maths.”

Or in other words… Fu’ and his pretty needy level of Semper Fi control are both STILL playing Qb! Albeit a phantom or ghost-Qb, just one flowchart inputting step removed. As in… any Qb who breaks Fu’s play-shapes is a Qb that Fu’ will (if he can depth chart wise) he is a Qb that Fu’ will break right on playing-time off.

(go back and reread this section until you get it, it’s one of the more important ones I’ve ever writ)

3Q 9:46 remaining:
Tre Turner got knocked silly on this one, at it had a whiff of cervical scare to it at first, then it looked more like a forearm shiver right into the chops/mouth full of pain/blood. Though hopefully just a bell-rung.

No Q-word in this #97 kid. None!

3Q 1:53 remaining:
Oscar Shadley… know who he is? Me neither …nonetheless, just observe as our long-snapper hustles his vitamin-A off and then (finally) pancakes the Punt Return jam man after about a 20-30 yard scuffle downfield in coverage. Way to be nine-seven, way to open some erstwhile sleepy Eye’s.

3Q 1:52 remaining:
Never ever seen a backside (literal) ass-fake of a hand-off on the play-action by Book to the plunging Tb in the Pistol set. TOO funny to see and the film-room will be ROTF roaring with LOL’s here. (and then he promptly overthrows the miss to the Te on the drag pattern as making a fake with your derriere banjaxes the whole shebang)

4Q 3:30 remaining:
Dax does merit some avant-garde style points here… as his biceps zebra circumference tape job was a pretty slick look.

Close to being too far

4Q :22 remaining:
Well, at least Pfaff fought until the echo of the whistle or until the echo of the game as he totally obliterates #47 for N.Dame on the perfectly legal though nobody else was still playing play. (i.e. this musta been something lingering all game and Pfaff had the shot so he took the shot) A few parts sporting sketchy and no parts …artistic.

Tech tidbits:
Wheatley has a really bad looking right-shoulder. Newbie r-Soph. Cb Tyree Rogers does not a good looking one (has okay in-line speed, though gets his hips really turned and is trapped on change of directions or double-moves… Eagle Drill anyone?); and then Wheatley dinged up his right-leg to boot. A cruel mistress this oblong gridiron.

Someone said 45th. “Do you believe me now Trinity?”

Time To Throw (TTT)©:

Virginia Tech:
Qb pressured=15
Qb hurried=3
Qb hits=20

Notre Dame:
Qb pressured=6
Qb hurried=1
Qb hits=11

Zero passes defended and zero passes broken up… anyone ever read that before in Db-U’s secondary report vs. a total of 35 opposing pass attempts? I’ve been at this a long long time, see… and no matter how hard I squeeze my Ginko -whatever it is called, I forget- no matter how hard I squeeze my Ginko gland, I can not recall seeing a double O&M pass-defense goose egg such as that. Can you?

Our top-24 combined tackles on the night you ask? All, as in 100% of our secondary ballers. Not one Linebacker, not one defensive lineman need apply— and even if you work for Maytag, there is just no good way to cycle through and put a positive “spin” on tackling depth when it looks like that.

That all being rightfully said… go ahead and memorize this… how much more blood can Foster squeeze from this Hokiestoned rock? As he (Bud) is doing all he can with very limited match-up secondary parts… in extreme particular vs. big/bad physically advantaged Wideouts. Remember, to file that one away for Fu’ture Bud Lyte match-up reference.

Tackling itself was very sporty enough early on; although bigger N.Dame wore on smaller V.Tech as the game wore on. Which equates to an average mark as grading goes.


     As the TTT metric goes itself, Ry’ Willis took more than one for dear ole V.P.I., he took several, as his big hit stopping counter now stands at three kayo quality punches caught and all three times he’s hopped up right as rain. The kid has a chin, beard, whiskers… can’t say anything less there.

And Dalton Keene is on his way… on his way to being an all-conference blocker, as even his pure basic entry level fundaments are growing right before my little Eye on film. Hoyt is a damn hustler, the Rusty Pendelton or Jake Houseright of C’s if you will. He too is gonna pure raw determination just absolutely will himself into some kinda post-season A.c.c. award at some point in time. Though he needs to will himself into some more protein shakes and bench press plates as he wants for upper-body strength when mano-a-mano scrumming hat-on-hat at the point of attack.💯

And to be real and keep it 100 here… you don’t win much of anything when your Qb1 gets pressured 250% more and then gets outright hit 181% more frequently on top of that.

Longfield Management (Lo.FM)©:

Virginia Tech:
positive: |||| ||| (1 TD)
Swiss (neutral): |||| |||| ||| (1 VT penalty)
negative: |||| |||| |||| (2 VT penalties and 1 INT)

Notre Dame:
positive: |||| | (2 TD’s)
Swiss (neutral): |||| |
negative: |||| |||| | (1 Domer flag)

Picking up from TTT above… Ryan Willis was setting an LT3 got O&M beat-up Big-10 black-n-blue contact(s) pace as our pass fits were nearly downright abusive of poor one poor #5 at times.

Our run-shapes however, were not that bad and at times they seriously flirted with being downright good enough. As our run-blocking is obviously superior to forming our passing-cup at the moment. More so our rushing edges and seals mind you.

Additionally, and for reason(s) I can not explain… although Willis can easily make more throws quantitatively than JAX can, and deeper throws to boot… Willis just airballs some throws here-n-there. Like a sudden shotgun (pardon the passing pun) like a sudden shotgun or splatter effect as accuracy goes. Now, I would be want to call this a hand/grip and/or injury issue if I did not know better. And as is I have no idea what to call this upon breaking tape. You?

And for what it’s worth… did Book keep plays alive just as someone’s preview said or what? A Looney Tunes or rascally little Qb indeed. As Book’s not a great Qb, though he’s a CliffsNotes man’s rather novel looking Doug Flutie type Qb. i.e. he just makes plays and transmits clutch plays indeed.

RECANT: I owe Fu’ a bit of an honestly here… as Eye can see why he’s made nervy and/or frustrated by Ry’ Willis at times on film. Don’t wanna hit this too hard, although JAX gets the game, or at the very least JAX gets what Fu’ wants to be run better than Ry does for now. And it’s not just insomnia, tired, played-out message board mantra of INT’s in practice. It’s his RPO illiteracy at times. Not selfish per se, just trying to do too much too often. As JAX is a not as homeopathically juxtaposed mentally by his inherent Fu’fensive fit as Ryan currently is. (recall Ry’ is a pocket, Qb). So one can be forgiven for saying they (now) see why a limited ceiling Qb was/is the easier to ingame manage Qb1.

     And call me crazy, although does a fresh early half/early quarter Hewitt remind anyone else of a mini-me J.C. Price having a good back-health day? Very quick and massive strong guy for such a seemingly less than ideal set of measurables. Really like his penetration/disruptive game as long as his petrol tank does not read “E”. Be really neat to see him getting some altogether proper rest from time-to-time.

And again, same as TTT up above, you do not win much of anything when you field 36 instances of chasing the chain-gang and your opponent only repels 22.

the takeaway

…the ultimate takeaway here is to once again borrow upon one of the better coaching bibles (lowercase), or that of The Winner Within by legendary Showtime L.a. Laker head coach Pat Riley.

Among numerous corporate/managerial and coaching Summa Cum Laude lessons that the mere seven-time world champion issues here are… that you receive the most attentive listening from your subjects when they are under real live pressure, and/or after they just got beat and found out that their way(s) just don’t, work.

So listen up folks… as here’s what time it really is…

  • Someone wrote at halftime that Bud Foster was coaching like every single hair on his body was on fire; and that Coach Fu’ and Coach Corny were not far behind.
  • Or to put it another way… you’d better patiently give all three until 2020 to fill in this two-deep top-44 baller depth chart talent wise. As this staff is doing all it can with a limited, thin, very inexperienced and a downright shallow learning-curve crew.
  • Because it is gonna take a minute or three before they sort through these many graduation/eligibility departures, peeps that they kicked-off, and N.F.L. early-exits as the recent Exodus of O&M gridiron talents -quite plural mind you- has parted the Duck Pond sea indeed.
  • Recall as well someone who looks a lot like me had called this campaign a year no.1 redux in year no.3 terms during the summer. Now we all see the peril(s) of delaying cultural inoculations and or coach Joe Stalin ‘esque knucklehead purges until you begin the third year of your reign. That’s a lotta things as mixed messages, double-hearts, and twin standards -and the invariable less than homogenous lockerroom/player interpretations of the same go- and yet codified or culturally uniform is just not among them.
  • So we now see a Hokie culture that buckled then late game collapsed vs. a now 1-5 lowly and nearly piss-poor @O.D.U., then rebounded sharply and smartly enough, rallied to win vs. a A+ coached and yet ultimately only a C+++ set of Duke players.
  • Who then ran into a set of diesel talents that play as/when they see fit and are decent to well coached at times in softer SOS (strength of schedule) likely quad-play-off bound Notre Dame.

    Venn Diagraming our cultural… plays!
  • And, and, and… this Staff made all of these year no.1 takeover regime latent changes in a senior leadership vacuum otherwise known as year no.3!
  • Huh?!?

Or in other words gents; there is only so much that even an A+++ coached Bud Bøck and Fu’fense can do with Jimmy’s and Joe’s that in part are so-so’s. AND all that while still attempting to Thoreau where this program’s hygiene will go.

If you ask me -and you did via reading these very words- if you ask me, that’s a Bridge Too Far. We are asking Arnhem of physically green troops while attempting to mentally boot-camp the very same troops after they have already shipped out.

As right now we are making a very large physical hustle ask of smaller/younger kids while institutionalizing a major cultural paradigm toe-the-damn-line mental shift.

That’s pretty shifty and the one thing I’m not most concerned about is… this might just be a very emotionally and anatomically fatigued football team come November for it.

Your post season forecast at .6oo and on only 11 games now=what???

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Virginia Tech=23, Notre Dame=45







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  1. Got to keep working, stay healthy, play hard and live with the result. Sometimes these kids play great.

    1. And here I thought @Duke a cultural tipping point?
      LOL @self—–>bstreet

      They are in tipping pointS quite plural… this year could snowball on them.
      Either way too. L’s plural same as some narrow hard-fought hard-won W’s.

      won’t be dull… that’s 4sure!!!


  2. What are the chances that Coach Fu is looking in the mirror when he sees Ryan Willis? Fu has been there done that as a D1 and journeyman gun slinging QB and expects his pupils to “shut up and color” play within the system. Although because of RW higher side QB skills, he wants to press the limits of the system which may not always just dink and dunk with what Fu wants. The one thing RW needs to improve is channeling his fire, spirit, emotion, competitiveness. Love that he wants to and is leading the O now, BUT rely on the 10 other dudes in the huddle. Together Everyone Achieves More = TEAM.

    1. Fu’ has cut out some East-West jet-sweep and screening stretchings.

      Methinks that has to do with 2017’s LACK of burst or big play stats way more so than anything 2018 Qb this/that. i.e. Fu’ is trying to find some of those plays rather than just mine the line-of-scrimmage and pan for gold. He’s sinking a deeper shaft in 2018.

      In the softie A.c.c.?
      NOT sure I agry with that.
      Go ahead and hit those quick zip-zip east-west plays and hard grind to close the 4Q.

      (even if that lacks explosion/sexxy, it is substantial, if not stylish)


  3. Perhaps it’s time for hokie paradigm shift?…? Bear with me.

    Old/current paradigm – defense + ST plus just enough O equals win 75% of time.

    Looking at current team at this stage in development/health. O seems like strongest group.
    Offensive line is working and getting better over time. WR is best we’ve had in years, perhaps “deeperest” ever(?), young. RBs are working. Both positions effectively blocking alot. We have a gunslinger at 10B. Please keep him and #2 healthy…

    All that said, going forward new paradigm: O plus ST plus enough D to win.

    TL;DR. 45 – 28 games for a bit. Let her rip!

    With the O leading, the D can recharge batteries, and play to grow. Reach Zen.

    Yes, future proves past wrt your writings preseason.on to UNC and a buy week!

    1. Could be.
      Not umpossible.
      Just go for offensive broke?

      May come to that as that’s more of what a gunner like Ry’ Willis truly is.
      And how much more can Bud Lyte absorb until it forces you offensive hand anywho?

      +1 for “reach zen”, well put,

  4. Normally I don’t comment on your writing style, because at this point, I know what it is and if I choose to read it, well then I shouldn’t complain.

    But I can’t let this one go. Up above, you have the line:

    (go back and reread this section until you get it, it’s one of the more important ones I’ve ever writ)

    Well if it’s so important, and one of the most important you ever ‘writ’….then why don’t you just go ahead and say it more plainly? Why do I have to invest the time to break out my ‘bst to standard written english’ rosetta stone and try to map it word by word to figure out what the heck you’re saying.

    Just say it dude, especially if it’s THAT IMPORTANT.

    1. I’ll try to help here.
      That paragraph can be translated as…

      Coach Fuente is a my way or the highway kind of guy, and he he sees Jackson as the guy who most keeps it between the ditches on Fuente Avenue, whereas Willis likes to take a detour every now and then for snacks and sightseeing.

      1. Fair.

        Takes a detour in a (possibly) more sporty car; though a
        Bugs Bunny’s “Left turn at Albuquerque”; nevertheless.


  5. I really wish I were more fluent in bstreetish because I’m pretty sure there’s good stuff in here.

  6. Luckily for us, the coastal division is pretty dang bad. We still make a bowl…….I think. Barely.

  7. Hey B;
    Are you saying that we don’t have the talent right now and need to continue to upscale recruiting or that we have it but it’s just too young to do what the coaches are trying to get them to do? If the former, aren’t they CFu’s guys and so what does that say??

    1. It is surely too young too small too underdeveloped.

      Though yah; I’ma saying both. Needs a few more eggs to make this omelet.


  8. Great stuff, as this Eye never tells a lie, you see things we don’t in the stands, although believe we do get a feeling of the game from Section 7 where we viewed a VT QB Willis who wasn’t comfortable at times, forcing balls that should have not been thrown, and often seemed “pressing” it into double coverage or in spots that should have been INT… “its as if his urgency to make the throw overcomes the mind say NOOOOOOOOOOOOO”. In contrast,ND QB Book, looked off safety, often hit his big receivers on the outside/inside shoulder depending upon DB coverage, often hit second or third receiver, looked comfortable and was never really pressured enough to force a quick decision, except the one time he threw it away, w/ penalty….which brings the question from the Section 7 crew…

    Watching Bud Foster step way from Blitzburg and move to 8 in zone coverage is painful… we got some pressure from 3 at Duke, but nothing vs ND…. This is not Coach Foster’s Modus Operani. Believe placing Rivers/Dax on the edge and rushing aka Edmunds at time would help. As there were at least 3 TD missed by ND QB Book, which would have made this a bloody Saturday night. IMHO, believe this is where influence is coming from Nix, Mitchell or Queso Grande as Coach Foster as lived by the blitz vs death by 100 cuts… something to watch as we go along this season…

    Let’s Go…Hokies
    Beat UNCheat!!!

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