Virginia Tech’s impending trip to Boston College evokes the memory of last year’s emergency halftime blog from my basement. This 176-word masterpiece, which also included a losing gambling prediction at the bottom for good measure, advocated the insertion of Mark Leal at quarterback for one series — just one — to start the second half of the BC game.
Of course, a lot has changed since then. The Hokies came back to win with Thomas leading the way, then beat UVa, then captured a bowl victory, then overhauled the coaching staff. I also underwent brain surgery, which might explain some of this.
By here’s my point: I can relate to those of you who are saying Leal deserves a shot. I don’t think you’re completely crazy. My opinion of Thomas is high — maybe higher than most. I admire his stoicism, his determination when running the ball and his ability to block out distractions. And when he’s having a good day, he can be a terrific rhythm passer.
The problem is, he doesn’t always have a good day. And sometimes, like last Saturday against Duke, the mistakes come in bunches.
So here’s a multiple choice question to gauge where the Blog Crowd stands on the quarterback.
Leal should replace Thomas…
A) Immediately (Leal should start at BC; Thomas moves to H-back)
B) Never (Thomas is clearly the best option; you’ve just gotta ride out the low moments)
C) In a mid-game situation to finish things out when Thomas is struggling, but Thomas is still the starter the next week
D) For a series or two when Thomas is really struggling, just to provide a spark
E) Some other answer
The emergency halftime blog argued for D, and we saw how that worked out, so this is a perilous exercise. But I think I’d still keep C or D in my back pocket. I don’t think I can ever be convinced that A is the answer, but I’ll listen.
What say you?