Virginia Tech's Boone defends embattled OC

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Ever heard the saying "It's not the X's and the O's, it's the Jimmys and the Joes"?

Virginia Tech tight end Greg Boone apparently has, and it's his defense of offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring, who has constantly been under fire for the Hokies' less-than-spectacular offensive production over the past few seasons.

On Sunday, at the ACC football kickoff, Boone said Virginia Tech fans will see a "much better offense" this fall, and it has everything to do with the players and nothing to do with Stinespring.

"It's not really the playcalling, it's the players on the team, the want-to factor," Boone said. "You could put any coach back there calling the plays, but if the player doesn't execute to his full potential, disaster is going to happen. It's not really the coach's fault, it's the player's fault. We've just got to show we're taking the extra efforts, we need to focus better and practice better. So me personally, I don't think it's a coach's fault, it's a player's fault, so if you're not ready, just let the next man step in who's ready to play and wants to play."