Published on Sunday, December 30 2012 10:52
Written by Douglas Turner
Virginia Tech not only needs a “new offensive coordinator”, they need a “top-notch offensive coordinator” to come aboard and make an immediate impact in restructuring the VT offensive attack. The days of lackluster offensive play calling that produces nothing more than a poorly designed and executed running play that gains zero yards, or even worse, must come to an eternal end immediately.
The Hokies need one voice overseeing the offense, and it needs to be from a tried and proven coach who has shown the ability to not only develop excellent offensive game plans but to be able to adjust to game situations that negate a planned offensive strategy. Stinespring has never coached anywhere except Virginia Tech, and a new coordinator’s background needs to be far more diverse.
As the boss, Beamer, a future Hall of Famer in his 26th season coaching his alma mater, bears considerable responsibility for the Hokies’ shortcomings on offense. He establishes the parameters from which Stinespring and O’Cain work, and he certainly has veto power on game plans and, in critical situations, play calls.
Here are charts showing Virginia Tech’s national offensive rankings in the last 11 seasons.
VIRGINIA TECH OFFENSE NATIONAL RANKS
Rush Pass Total Scoring
2012 64 61 71 78
2011 30 66 38 55
2010 18 75 37 19
2009 15 98 55 28
2008 42 111 107 89
2007 82 85 100 53
2006 90 82 99 49
2005 29 91 57 17
2004 32 80 65 25
2003 17 82 38 12
2002 19 99 64 30
A total rushing/passing national ranking no higher than 37 in the last 11 seasons isn’t going to produce a perennial contender for a National Championship, which all of “Hokie Nation” eagerly awaits and Coach Beamer richly deserves before he retires from the game.
The following list of potential candidates for the job as the next Virginia Tech Offensive Coordinator could be evaluated by Virginia Tech and from within this group of excellent offensive minds, VT might just find the ideal coach to take over the reins of their offense.
Tom O’Brien - O'Brien was the Cavs' offensive coordinator in his final six seasons. During his tenure, Virginia consistently ranked among the top offensive teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference. In 1996, the Cavaliers scored more than 320 points for an ACC-record eighth consecutive year. NOTE: This is no longer an option; O'Brien has been hired by Virginia as their Offense Coach.
Brent Pease - Pease coached in a bowl game in each of his six seasons at Boise State, including a pair of Fiesta Bowl victories. He has reached the postseason 13 times in his career, highlighted by a national championship in 1995 at Montana. During his tenure at Boise State, Pease and the Broncos posted a 73-6 (.924) record, four conference championships and ranked in the top five of the final Associated Press poll twice.
He served as BSU's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks' coach in 2011 after spending the previous five seasons as the team's wide receivers coach and four as the assistant head coach. The Broncos averaged 44.2 points and 481.3 yards per game en route to a 12-1 overall record and a 56-24 victory in the Las Vegas Bowl over Arizona State. “I want to be multiple in our offensive formations and have a balanced attack with tempo. I firmly believe in being fundamentally sound and red-zone efficient. I want to develop our players in a pro-style offense that can help them at the next level.''
Noel Mazzone - UCLA’s Noel Mazzone is currently the Bruin offensive coordinator. He guided freshman quarterback Brett Hundley to a solid first season and led the Bruins to the 20th best offense in the land. He earned $350,000 in 2012, according to the Los Angeles Times.”
Mark Helfrich - In just three full years on the Oregon staff, Mark Helfrich has wasted little time in putting his stamp on the school’s offensive success. Not only has he demonstrated ability as a top strategist, he has proven invaluable as a quarterback tutor.
It hasn’t taken others long to recognize his value as he was named by FootballScoop as its 2010 national quarterbacks coach of the year in addition to being one of three finalists as its national offensive coordinator of the year honor.
At the forefront of the 38-year-old’s proficiency was the development of an inexperienced starting quarterback into a second-team Pacific-10 Conference all-league choice as a sophomore in 2010. Darron Thomas finished second in the conference in passing efficiency and third in total offense (250.8 avg.) while ranking second in the Pac-10 (13th nationally) in most points accounted for (16.5 per game) as a first-year starter.
The affable Oregon native wasted little time in substantiating the notion that he is one of the nation’s bright young offensive minds. Oregon has led the Pac-10 in scoring offense each of his first three years back in his home state, ranking seventh, first and third in the country from 2009 through 2011, respectively. He also contributed to the development of quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, who was selected a second-team Pac-10 all-conference honoree as well as voted as a co-recipient of the Ducks’ Most Outstanding Player award following the ‘09 season.
Helfrich’s pupils gained some of their greatest acclaim during his tenure at Arizona State under former Oregon offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, who elevated Helfrich to passing game coordinator in 2003. During his five-year stint in Tempe, Arizona State blossomed into one of the top passing teams in the country. In his final season there, the Sun Devils finished third in the NCAA and led the Pac-10 in passing yards per game (373.9 avg.). ASU posted a school-record 4,481 yards passing that season to elevate its five-year total to 18,686 yards (306.3 avg.) during his stay.
Paul Chryst - Offensive coordinator at Wisconsin from 2005-11 before accepting the job at Pitt last year."We are working hard every day to re-establish this program, and I am excited about the future of Pitt football. "Quarterback Tra'von Chapman, who is the Panthers' prize recruit from the Class of 2013, could be just what Pitt needs to build a strong offense around and become a contender to win the ACC championship soon after they join the ACC.