(Well, a lot of things, actually, but I just needed a title).
Things I have learned this week in my pregame blog reading about Thursday night’s VT at GT matchup:
- The flexbone, decoded. (That sounded a little dirty, didn’t it?)
- And why it’s so difficult to defend.
- That VT has a history of not performing so well the week after a bye.
Hokies After a Bye Week Year Opp. Result Total Offense 2006 BC 22-3 L 181 2007 BC 14-10 L 265 2008 BC 28-23 L 240 2008 Maryland 23-13 W 400 2009 UNC 20-17 L 256 2010 GT 28-21 W 335
Bud Foster decided it was a good week to make a lot of defensive changes.
- Start off slowly on offense. Here are some handy charts I didn’t make on why this is a terrible idea and didn’t work so well in 2008, 2009, or 2010.
- Miss tackles or assignments. Defending against this offense isn’t just swarming to the ball and hoping for the best. It’s sitting and watching and knowing what your guy is doing at all times, lest he get away from you and run 30 or so yards before you stop him.
- Forget that every so often, GT will pass. And when they do, they will burn you if you’re not ready for it.
- Shank punts. Run backward instead of forward when you are returning punts. Allow GT to get good field position when they are returning said shanked punts.