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Tuesday Mailblog: Where, oh where, is the VT offense?

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Brad, in Charlottesville, writes: Heather -- Heard any rumblings about Stinespring getting the axe after Tech only put up 9 offensive points and 240 off. yards? I think many tech fans believe it is finally time. We currently don't have a lot of offensive weapons, but Evans & Oglesby, Boone & Wheeler, Coale & Roberts, are all up and coming dynamic pairs. On a team with so much talent waiting, how can Tyrod be the only one producing? I think it is great that Beamer tries to retain staff, but at this point, he needs to do what is right for the team/players who put in so much effort.

Heather Dinich: No, I haven't heard any rumblings about OC Bryan Stinespring, but I talked to him today and the last thing he's worried about is the criticism from the fans. He's had to scale back on what he can do because of the youth and inexperience. Don't think Tyrod Taylor is flawless, nor is he the only problem in the passing game. If you watch closely, it's not like the Hokies haven't had receivers open or opportunities to make plays.


Barry, in Blacksburg, writes: Do you think VT can get their passing game going before the season ends? Is Tyrod failing to progress as a passer or are the receivers failing to come up with the catches? Do you think the play calling is suspect?

Heather Dinich: Since we're into the second half of the season, I don't see any dramatic changes coming. Frank Beamer said this week that Tyrod is an accurate passer, but he was about three or four inches off from hitting Danny Coale in the end zone last weekend. I think the staff is putting the players in position to make plays, but the play-calling is limited by their progress. C'mon, you guys know it's not the Xs and the Os, it's the Jimmys and the Joes!


Josh, in Richmond, VA, writes: Like to get your thoughts on the lack of an offensive gameplan at Virginia Tech. The fans are upset, the coaches seem upset at fans asking questions and the players seem frustated.

Heather Dinich: After having talked to Stinespring a fair amount today, I'm convinced this staff is doing the best it can with what it has to work with. Check the blog on Thursday for a more extensive report on the Hokies' offense.


Corey, in Atlanta, writes: Do you see FSU maintaining the number 1 defense in the nation on third down against TT from VT? Dakota Watson being out makes me a bit nervous for the Hokies coming into Tallahassee, especially coming off a loss.

Heather Dinich: I talked to Mickey Andrews today, and no doubt he's concerned about Tyrod Taylor's feet. They've got to play more like they did in the first half against Miami, and less like they did in the first half against NC State.


John, in Reston, VA, writes: Heather, I tried to post this during the chat, but it never came up. What was your impression of Georgia Tech's Offensive line this past week? I was not overly impressed and concerned that unless there is some improvement the jackets do will not need to worry about how VT does because they will lose at least one more conference game. Also how much do you think Jahi Word-Daniels injury will impact a young secondary on Saturday? I have been impressed with the young players from GT's secondary this season and while the injury will hurt I think they are capable of holding their own especially with the D-line we have. What are your thoughts?

Heather Dinich: Sorry I didn't get to you in the chat on Monday, John. Anyway, they played better than they did against Gardner-Webb, but at some point, it is what it is. The good news for GT fans is that they've got playmakers like Nesbitt, Shaw, Thomas, Jones and Dwyer to help compensate for it. As for missing Word-Daniels, they'll be fine in the secondary.


Jody Hogan from FSU writes: I have a question, I am all FSU so GO NOLES!!! do the games we loose against the teams in the coastal count against us getting to the acc championship or just the atlantic teams. such as do we need another team from the atlantic div. beat wake or can any team from the acc help us.

Heather Dinich: Yes, losses to Coastal Division teams hurt Atlantic Division teams, but not as much as losses to their divisional opponents (and vice versa). Yes, FSU fans would want another Atlantic Division team to beat Wake -- namely Boston College on Nov. 22. Basically, Wake has to have a worse ACC record than Florida State when it's all said and done in order for the Seminoles to have a chance. But don't listen to me ...


Ron, from Fort Pierce, Fl, has all the answers: Don't count WF out of the ACC Atlantic. I am a FSU fan but it looks bad unless we win out and WF loses to BC. Maryland is a true wild card too. Its a 4-team race right now. Any team with 2 losses is out. &&&& look for FSU's D to expose the yellowjackets academy offense. speed kills.

Heather Dinich: Not bad, Ron, not bad.


Hokie Fan in ATL writes: Hey Heather! Shouldn't GT be bowl eligible by now? 6 wins, right? This page is missing a critical asterisk! http://sports.espn.com/ncf/standings

Heather Dinich: Hey Hokie! No, GT is not bowl eligible and I specifically checked that page to make sure they didn't put an asterisk there. Two of GT's wins were against FCS opponents, and only one of them counts towards bowl eligibility.


Bob, in Durham, writes: Hey Heather, great job with the Blog. I agree that David Cutcliffe's job is daunting and challenging, but at least can you say that real progress, at least at some level, is being made? We need a "leetle" love here!

Heather Dinich: Thanks, Bob. Oh most definitely, and this is a perfect example of how the progress literally cannot be measured in wins and losses. Cutcliffe has done a great job this season.


Gabe, in Clemson, writes: So we looked like Clemson this weekend. I am realistic about things and it's just not pretty. Heather, can you answer me honestly one question? Do you (or ESPN in general) have any respect for Clemson anymore? It is difficult to do so with a team that constantly disappoints.

Heather Dinich: Gabe, I can only answer for myself, and of course I have respect for Clemson. Any player or coach who answers the kinds of tough questions they've been faced with in the past few weeks deserves it. Last week's loss to GT certainly wasn't for a lack of effort.