For some reason as Virginia Tech’s coaching search drags on, I keep hearing the “24″ clock ticking in the back of my mind. Underclassmen have until tomorrow to declare their intentions for the NFL Draft, and quarterback Logan Thomas still has a huge decision to finalize.
There was a pretty good debate on yesterday’s post about how fair this process has been to Thomas, making him wait right up to the deadline to make a final determination about his future.
I’d say the majority of the blog comments thought Frank Beamer has to make a long-term decision that’s best for the program, regardless of a timetable. Others made the point that this process could have been started sooner, like almost every other FBS program does when it searches for a coach.
At the risk of this blog post becoming outdated three seconds after I post it, this is more about the specific pros and cons for Logan. Many of these have been mentioned on the blog before, but since everybody continues to be in a holding pattern on the coaching front, I figure I’d throw it out there for some blog discussion.
Pros for coming back
- Thomas didn’t have a great junior season, which dropped him out of the Top 10 consideration that many draft prognosticators thought was possible last offseason. Returning would give him a chance to boost his stock and, given the rookie pay scale, be a boost to his wallet. Remember, he’ll still be 6-6, 260 at this time next year. The potential that scouts see won’t vanish if he waits a year.
- He, himself, said he probably isn’t ready to start an NFL game right now. As I mentioned in a previous post, the NFL expects almost all of these quarterbacks taken in the top three rounds to start in their first year.
- Should Virginia Tech hire a new offensive coordinator who specializes with mentoring quarterbacks (Pep Hamilton, Scott Loeffler for instance), it could be the fresh perspective that could jumpstart his development again.
- With what is expected to be a pretty good defense again next year, the Hokies have a chance to erase the memories of this 7-6 season if Thomas returns. That could do wonders to change his legacy at Virginia Tech. Call it the “unfinished business” reason.
- There’s not a lot of substitute for developing as a quarterback than game action and gaining confidence from success, no matter what the level. He’d be a starter, obviously, in college, whereas he’d probably sit on the bench in the pros, at least right away.
Cons for coming back
- It’s Jan. 14, and still there has been no formal announcement about who Virginia Tech’s offensive coordinator will be next year. Yes, I know Logan has been kept in the loop on the process, but there’s still a certain amount of time that you’d like something to set in before you have to make one of the most important decisions of your life. Wouldn’t you like more than a day or two to actually get to know your offensive coordinator?
- If he needs to develop as a quarterback to succeed at the next level, then NFL coaching is the thing that will get him ready the quickest. He might not play right away in The League, but he’d be getting NFL reps in practice with professional coaching.
- Even second or third round money is pretty good in the NFL. It’s not first-round money, but let’s not act like it’s chump change. Everybody thought Jayron Hosley was making a mistake going pro. But he was a third-round pick, has a comfortable roster spot and seemed to be doing fine by the end of the year.
- Virginia Tech has never been known about offense. Is there confidence in Beamer to get the next offensive coordinator hire right? It’s a serious question Logan has to ask himself.
- There’s always an injury risk to take into account. Normally, this isn’t a big deal for quarterbacks, but Virginia Tech was running him into the line like a battering ram quite a bit near the end of last season. He takes more of a pounding than your average quarterback.
So what are your thoughts? And feel free to add more pros/cons in the comments section below.