Welcome to our second Inside the Lunch Pail mailbag of 2019. As you see, it's once again on Wednesday as it will be going forward coming right as the page really turns from reflection on the previous week to focus on the upcoming one.
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With that said, let's get to this week's questions.
From @hokie_g: Why can't we cater our offense towards the QB?
There's a couple different answers and possibilities to this question with the answer either being VT getting through this weekend and using the bye to adjust or being stubborn. Obviously, the hope is the first and not the latter.
Now it's hard to make any major adjustment during a game week when you're already prepping your strategy for that team. You can make some gradual changes throughout but in order to make a big schematic change, you ideally need a week focused to yourself that next week's bye could provide if they do so.
The second option is that Justin Fuente and Brad Cornelsen are stuck to their ways and have no interest in making a change. There is something to be said about sticking with what you know since that's what got you to this point and may be what you can operate the best but at some point, you have to try to do something that should fit better.
Will we see a major schematic change? The likely answer will not come this week but a couple weeks later against Duke.
From @hokiesmash_ASD: Will a running game be somewhat sufficient by the Commonwealth Cup - or will VT be one dimensional?
We'll see. I wish there was a more optimistic or just clear answer but at this point, it's not exactly trending in that direction.
Of course, it seems like that for the first time, the talent in the backfield isn't the biggest reason for the Hokies' running game struggles. Yes, the schematic and committee approach concerns that have been raised aren't new either but it hasn't helped that the Hokies' backfield has had lots of questions with converted fullbacks being the most successful tailbacks before 2019 in Sam Rogers and Steven Peoples.
I addressed my idea for a schematic adjustment in our offensive takeaways story but the other half is the fact that the Hokies need to go with one guy.
Deshawn McClease is a solid running back who can fit a third down/change of pace role but Keshawn King is the more dynamic runner both between and outside the tackles. As such, the Hokies needs to let King take the reigns and let him get in a rhythm. Even Bud Foster mentioned this week how he tries to make sure his linebackers get in a rhythm similar to how a running back should, something that doesn't seem to happen on that side of the ball.
Even if the schematic issues aren't addressed for whatever reason, the Hokies need to let King the guy, something that I do believe will happen. Will it be enough? We'll have to wait and see.