Here are my three main thoughts on the game. I know some of this is redundant from previous posts but I want to paint my full picture -
1) Offensive line is a mess. Yesterday seemed to be a combination of lack of focus, lack of prep, and lack of a good scheme. I understand VT's D will do damage against every offense they face this year, however we continue to allow complete jailbreaks against strong DLs under CPJ, especially when passing. I never see VT, UGA, etc get into the backfield as quickly/consistently against other teams as they do against us, so I'm starting to believe it's either scheme or lack of coaching. Either way it's on CPJ to fix it.
2) Vad is still learning. Duh. But what's the deal with Justin Thomas? For now I'll continue to give Vad the benefit of the doubt due to lack of (big) game experience, especially playing for the first time against a top 10 D. That said if CPJ is truly as high on Justin Thomas as has been reported then what happened yesterday? After Vad's performance on the first two series and first half in general, there would have been no better time to put in a backup QB who was theoretically in the starting QB conversation throughout fall camp.
3) I still don't know what kind of team we have. We beat Elon, Duke, and UNC... all teams that GT should beat most years with any coach. The UNC game was just bizarre with the weather and therefore I come away thinking I know what we have on O or D. VT has a nasty D that exposed our O a lot. They'll expose a lot of O's. Our D has been pretty good so far this year, but they should be pretty good given what we've faced i.e., no explosive O's yet. Next week at Miami will be the decision point for both the O and the D, and at that point we'll have a much clearer picture of what to expect for the rest of the season.
Here's hoping our team has the maturity to show up motivated in Miami and not revert to what we saw against MTSU last year. We'll be an underdog next weekend for sure but it's not unreasonable to expect a much cleaner game from the O. I think we have the leaders to do that this year, but I have to see it to believe it.