Virginia Tech Football: Scot Loeffler Should Be Fired


Nov 22, 2014; Winston-Salem, NC, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies quarterback Michael Brewer (12) passes the ball during the third quarter against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at BB&T Field. Wake defeated Virginia Tech 6-3 in two overtimes. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

After the 2012 season, Frank Beamer and the Virginia Tech Hokies knew that a change at the offensive coordinator spot needed to happen. Beamer made the decision to move Bryan Stinespring to being the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator and hire Scot Loeffler to become the new offensive coordinator.

Now, it has become clear that the Hokies need to make another change at the spot of offensive coordinator.

One issue that has come to light this season is the fact that Loeffler is a very inconsistent play caller. Loeffler does call some effective plays but very quickly goes back to calling poorly drawn up screen plays and running plays that set up minimal gains or losses.

Loeffler did not call as many screens and short passes to the outside against Ohio State and we saw how the Hokies’ offense was very productive in that game. The other issue with Loeffler’s play calling is that the short passes he is calling are not effective short passes. There are short passes that can get you 8 to 10 yards including slants and 10-yard curl routes but the Hokies are not running those type of effective short passes.

Another issue this season with Loeffler is that it seems that he has lost confidence in quarterback Michael Brewer. If this is true, then it doesn’t make any sense that Brewer is still the Hokies’ starting quarterback. If that is false, then it doesn’t make any sense why Loeffler is not pushing the ball down the field when some of those plays are actually working.

Michael Brewer did throw a lot of interceptions earlier in the season but the Virginia Tech offense was a lot better against Ohio State in a game in which he threw 2 interceptions than against Wake Forest. Loeffler also made the wrong call this past weekend not sticking with Brenden Motley on the drive where he was moving the Hokies down the field effectively.

However, the biggest suggestion that Loeffler has to go and another change is needed comes in the statistics. The Virginia Tech defense was 11th in points per game allowed in 2013 at 19.3 while the Hokies are currently tied for 18th in points per game allowed this season at 20.5.

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The Hokies also gave up the fourth lowest total of yards per game at 284 per game in 2013 while they are 22nd this year with a young defense giving up 333 yards per game.

Those numbers are very impressive but the fact that Virginia Tech was only 8-5 in 2013 and is currently 5-6 this season shows that there is an issue and that is with the offense.

In 2013, the Virginia Tech offense was 101st in the nation in points per game with 22.5 while the Hokies are currently 100th in the nation in points per game this season with 23.3. In terms of total yards of offense, the Hokies were 103rd in 2013 with 356 yards per game and are currently 103rd this season with 362 yards per game.

Scot Loeffler’s offense has not made any progress despite the fact that there is more talent on this team at the skill positions outside of quarterback. An offensive coordinator should be willing to build an offensive scheme that fits the players he has until he has the players to execute his offense which hasn’t been the case.

The Hokies have the talent to be a really good team next season that could be the next Auburn or TCU. However, Virginia Tech needs an innovative offensive coordinator that builds an offense that gets the best out of his players to do that. Scot Loeffler is not the man to do that for the Virginia Tech Hokies and should be replaced.

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