Bryan Stinespring has been one of the most maligned offensive coordinators in the entire country.
Everyone I know, including myself, has at one point or another wished that Frank Beamer would cut ties with him. Even Purnell Sturdivant, a linebacker for Tech in 2008, called his offense "pretty much predictable."
Yet for the 2010 season, I think Bryan Stinespring could be the best offensive coordinator for the Hokies.
The reason why is because of his stubbornness. He simply refuses to stop running the football up the middle. Last season he began opening up the playbook a little more and incorporated more play action.
That is the exact game plan we need against Boise State, Boston College, and Georgia Tech, the teams most likely to present problems for VT.
The Broncos, for instance, have a tendency to throw teams off their game. TCU, the fifth best running offense in 2009, only ran the ball 20 times for 36 yards.
I don’t see that happening with Stinespring. He has become notorious for persistently pounding the line when it’s working and when it’s not. Even in bowl games, when teams have around a full month to prepare for one offense, the Hokies run the same plays. Thankfully, the past two bowl games they have been enough to beat Cincinnati and Tennessee.
Virginia Tech is known for controlling the time of possession and Stinespring’s offensive scheme does exactly that.
It is not a coincidence that the three losses from last season occurred when Virginia Tech lost the time of possession. With all of the returning talent on offense, the safe best is that the Hokies will be on the field more than their opponents.
But with a lack of starts on the defense, keeping the explosive Bronco offense off the field is a must. Boston College’s only real offensive threat is Montel Harris. The more we run the ball for first downs, the more Harris can’t. And the same goes for Georgia Tech’s triple option.
The reason I stopped the streak at nine is because North Carolina’s defense has the talent to repeatedly stop the onslaught of runs and play action. It did last year and Stinespring refused to change up the playbook enough to win the game.
Miami could also present that same problem because of their insane amount of depth. Putting fresh legs on the field is the next best way to stop a run based offense.
Alabama had the most balanced offense Virginia Tech faced all season and certainly had the best defense. The defense performed valiantly but when it stopped the run, Greg McElroy found a way to find a receiver. Then in the fourth quarter, Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson ran over the exhausted defense.
In a role reversal from last season’s opener, Ryan Williams and Darren Evans should be able to do the same thing to opposing defenses. With Tyrod Taylor blossoming as a passer and his top 6 receivers returning, he should be able to extend drives. Plus, he is a lot more mobile than McElroy, giving opponents one more thing to think about defensively.
If Alabama was any indication, the Hokies, under Bryan Stinespring, could run up to at least November without a loss.