Well, his offer is still on the table. So I guess the answer is yes.
Klock didn't play, and Johnson said Monday that he's probably going to redshirt. Devine played a little bit. I don't know about grades. I think conditioning is still a big part of his challenge. He was taken out in the middle of the series, which is unusual.
I saw the equipment truck outside the stadium yesterday as I left the GTAA and wondered the same. I will try to find out.
I feel pretty comfortable saying he wouldn't have been fired. I don't know a visit to the principal's office would have happened, either. Purely speculating here, but maybe Mike Bobinski would have wanted to know Johnson's thoughts on what happened and why, but I don't think a "win or else" mandate would have been given, if that's what you're getting at.
It isn't promising, for sure. I'd say they're weighted pretty heavily by one half when the wheels fell completely off (which is not exactly a comforting explanation, i imagine).
ha ha. that'd be like asking me to pick my favorite child. (actually, it wouldn't at all.) boy, i like the ones that are reasonable.
ha ha. Monday, I'm at home working on a blog/sort of not working until practice, when I do interviews, then write for online and Tuesday's paper. tuesday is Johnson's press conference in the morning and then i stay on campus until I'm done writing after practice. Wednesday, home until practice and more writing. Thursday, at home writing. Friday is the same. Saturday, cover the game. Sunday, mostly take the day off but a little bit of writing. It's a lot of work, but a fun time of the year. Thanks for your interest.
there you have it. I'm not sure what the question was. I guess about the hotseat? this is kind of like Jeopardy.
My guess would be yes. Bud Foster did the same thing with his brother Kyle, moving him to what they call the "whip" linebacker spot. the idea is just to get the best tacklers close to the ball.
Full disclosure here: I am really bad at comparing teams in different seasons. I have a hard time remembering what I had for breakfast, let alone how, say, how effective Tyler Melton and Stephen Hill were in 2011. that said, I think it could be a pretty dangerous unit for the reasons you state. As he gains experience, I do think Justin Thomas can be a difference maker. I do think his quickness will make this offense different than it has looked. (from what I remember, at any rate)
I don't know. I think some changes are coming, but that might be different players. he did say, obliquely, that "we've got to do what our kids can handle," which might be the answer you were looking for.
At the top of the roster, it'd be hard to argue otherwise.
I don't speak with firsthand knowledge of the practice, but Ted Roof was pretty intense after practice yesterday, and I imagine practice has been ratcheted up this week. I don't know how much pressure they'll be able to apply. It hasn't been great this year, and it's hard to imagine it taking a significant jump against presumably better linemen. they're going to have to figure out something, though.
I think they've got a chance. Not a great chance, but an OK chance. I don't know about mistake-free, but they have to avoid the slew of false start penalties and turnovers they had last year. I think avoiding big plays on defense, four quarters of effort and getting into third-and-short consistently will be important. (incisive commentary, right?)
For one thing, it's going to be a big class, so probably so. But I don't cover recruiting, and it's hard to know who's going to be ready to help immediately. I think Mikell Lands-Davis, assuming he follows through on his commitment, is going to need to be ready, as he and C.J. Leggett will presumably be the top two B-back candidates. (there was a question last week about his status after being charged with marijuana possession. I understand his offer still stands.)
I don't love the term "hotseat" and mediocre can be defined in different ways, but if this team falls well short of its potential and doesn't show a lot of promise, then probably.
I think it goes a lot of places. The line is inexperienced. The team played awfully against the option, which goes to coaches and players both. there's inexperience at the corners, also, which revealed itself Saturday, too. That said, the same team that was decimated in the second half also held the same offense to 10 points and 130 yards in the first half.
Is "near future," like, by October? I think he's safe going into 2015. I'd point out that his offense, while indeed a bit old-fashioned, is averaging almost 40 points a game. (and is also being run in similar forms by Auburn and Oregon)
Boy. I try to stay away from predictions as they usually reveal my ignorance, and I haven't given a ton of thought to who I actually think will win. I think it will be close. let me think about it a little more.
As i said at the beginning, I think we're going to learn a lot about this team Saturday and in coming weeks. I can see how that conclusion could be drawn, but I don't know that I agree. It's not Johnson's most talented team, though, certainly. there were big losses off both sides and plenty of other players who could have been on the roster and helped this season who aren't.
I tend to think cameras caught him being who he is. What happened with Ray Rychleski, the special-teams coordinator, if memory serves, is that Johnson wanted to know what call Rychleski had on (for a punt return) or maybe wanted to talk about it on the headset, and Rychleski had taken his headset off. So Johnson was reminding him, a bit emphatically, to keep his headset on. I don't make too much of it.
I think Virginia Tech is beatable. It's not like the Hokies haven't been in the past. The defense is strong as always, but it's been prone to some big plays, also. Here's a number: The Hokies have given up 22 plays of 20 yards or more, fourth most in FBS.