The heat is off the Virginia Tech coaching staff
Yeah, I know, the heat will really never be off of Pry and his coaching staff. Not in 2023 at least.
It is year two of Pry era in Blacksburg and you can say that the heat is on him and his coaching staff. Yes, they are in a rebuild, and through the first four weeks, Virginia Tech didn’t look like it was a team that was prepared for games and there was questionable play calling on both sides of the ball.
That changed for one night against the Panthers. Offensive coordinator Tyler Bowen called his best game of the season and really his best game as OC of the Hokies. He stayed committed to the run, mixed in timely passing plays and gimmick plays including a flea flicker. He used Lane on jet sweeps and got the ball out of Drones’ hands earlier than in previous games.
Defensive coordinator Chris Marve had Jurkovec running and scrambling all night. He called timely blitzes and his defense despite allowing two big plays for touchdowns, kept Pittsburgh in check, and even created a key turnover deep in the Panthers’ territory early in the third quarter which the offense turned into a touchdown.
If Virginia Tech gets blown out Saturday at Florida State, the heat will be right back on the coaching staff. This week was a step in the right direction for the Hokies and a key victory, but until there is consistency each week with Tech and they are competitive, the heat will always be on Pry and his staff. For one week, however, it backs off a little. Barely.