Cowherd piles on ACC, describes Tech’s offense as “clever” and “goofy”

ESPN radio and TV personality Colin Cowherd, co-host of SportsNation, rubbed a little bit of salt in Virginia Tech’s wounds Tuesday afternoon by saying that the Hokies aren’t a premier program by pointing out they are 1-26 against teams rated in the top five.

He also gave his thoughts on Georgia Tech’s offense, its potential in the NFL, and the state of the ACC.

“Nothing against the ACC, but FSU and Miami have eroded. North Carolina is loaded but depleted,” Cowherd said. “They don’t have the one program like an Alabama, Florida, Texas or USC, the go-to program in the big games.

“Virginia Tech is probably the worst program in the big games.”

Cowherd’s comments came a day after a young Hokies squad was beaten by No. 3 Boise State, 33-30, on Monday in Landover, Md. In another closely watched game, a No. 18 North Carolina squad, missing more than a dozen starters, was beaten by No. 21 LSU, 30-24,  in the Georgia Dome.

“Virginia Tech will beat up the dogs, but they never play well in big games,” Cowherd said. “I don’t think they’d win the Big 10 this year. I said before the season that I thought Virginia Tech was the most overrated good team in the nation.”

The concern for fans of the ACC is that the Hokies are the presumed favorite to win the conference.

The ACC has a few more chances to improve its image, starting on Saturday when FSU (1-0) travels to Oklahoma (1-0), Miami (1-0) goes to Ohio State (1-0) and Virginia (1-0) goes to USC (1-0), though no one’s pinning their hopes on the ACC looking good in that one.

Georgia Tech can help by beating up on Kansas, should that opportunity occur.

Switching topics to the Yellow Jackets, Cowherd described Paul Johnson’s offense as “fun” and “clever” and, in what would probably make Johnson a little aggravated, “goofy.”

“Georgia Tech is an interesting program,” he said. “Clever, unconventional, maybe you have to be in the SEC territory.”

I asked him if the option offense would work in the NFL if there were no salary cap, eliminating the financial concern of risking multi-million dollar quarterbacks to hits from linebackers and safeties.

“No, because I think the NFL is so fast and so violent,” he said. “Tim Tebow was banged up all the time in the SEC. He plays one game in the NFL and gets hurt. You’re asking too much.

“When nobody else plays it [the option], it’s a little bit like the wildcat in the NFL. It’s clever, it’s goofy , it’s different.

“It’s just assignment football. Catch a team on a short week, it’s really a bear…In the NFL you can practice all week.

“But I don’t want my quarterback running the football in the NFL, it’s problematic.”

Cowherd’s radio show, “The Herd with Colin Cowherd,” can be heard from 10-noon on 680AM.

“I love being on in Atlanta, it’s always been a good affiliate,” he said.

More thoughts from Cowherd:

On who will play for the national championship:

“Boise State and Ohio State. They both have one tough road game, Boise State’s won theirs. Ohio State will be favored to win theirs.

“Florida will be a really exceptional football team. They’ve recruited so many good athletes. How many years have they had  No. 1, 2, or 3 recruiting class?

“The SEC is good this year, I don’t think it’s great. Other than [Arkansas QB Ryan] mallet, I don’t think there’s a great quarterback in the conference. Workable schedule by SEC standards. Ton of young talent in the program. But they won a national championship with a young roster.

On the difference between Virginia Tech and Boise State:

“I think Virginia Tech hs better talent than Boise State, but their QB isn’t as good. Boise State has won a lot of games in a lot of years. This is their first great team because their quarterback is great.

On the future:

“I think a lot of the really good powerhouse teams are a year away. I think USC is going to be very good. I think people are underselling them.

“I think you are going to have these Boise States with a bunch of seniors.

“Big Ten will have a very good year. Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio state all have a lot of seniors. The Big Ten is pretty close to being with the SEC.”

“I think LSU and Auburn are good, but I don’t see either of those schools scoring a lot of points. LSU and Auburn have better talent, but Iowa and Wisconsin have better quarterbacks.

218 comments Add your comment

BeReal

September 7th, 2010
2:07 pm

Can’t argue with the Virginia Tech examples.

buzzzz

September 7th, 2010
2:17 pm

all Paul Johnson does is win…. unconventional… but it will work in ACC… unless FSU or B.C. maybe Miami… really steps it up .. probably can’t beat UGA…

Brock

September 7th, 2010
2:20 pm

he calls techs offense goofy. Has he ever looked in the mirror?

Maddog

September 7th, 2010
2:23 pm

Not a tech fan here, but Cowherd is a tool. I quit listening to him a loooong time age. He’s basically irrelevant in the sports world.

T3

September 7th, 2010
2:24 pm

Whats really gonna be funny…is when there IS NO NFL next year.

The player strike thats coming will crush NFL players’ salaries like
you wont believe.

Lots of NFL players gonn be walking the picket line, right up to the point the players cave in to the owners.

Goodbye multi-million dollar QBs !!

Brock

September 7th, 2010
2:24 pm

best sports talk radio show is the Dan Patrick Show. Blows anyone on espn out of the water.

Chip

September 7th, 2010
2:30 pm

Cow knows nothing about college football. He should stick with baseball.

He acts like boise beat them 42-20. Lsu is good? Really? They barely beat a unc team with 8 starters and 13 players out.

Any offense can work if it’s executed correctly.

WHITE AND GOLD

September 7th, 2010
2:30 pm

excuse me but who died and declared him “know it all” good, I hope CPJ and the team post his comments in the locker room. I said it before and say it again, VT is not GT’s problem. I will however pull for VT only in bowl games if they are playing someone in the SEC and that is the only time like TN last season.

Time

September 7th, 2010
2:30 pm

Cowherd is generally a idiot. But I tend to agree with him that VT is just a middle of the road team. Maybe the best in the ACC, but that’s not saying a whole lot really.

Conyers Yellow Jacket

September 7th, 2010
2:31 pm

I wood not call the GT offense goofy but I do think its obviously one dimensional and it will not keep the Jackets in the upper tier of the ACC
for the long term. Coach Johnson wants to run this obsolete offense
because of his ego and I see little chance of GT ever opening up their
offense as long as he is the coach.

GT Alum

September 7th, 2010
2:32 pm

Cowherd is really not good for anything more than for entertainment value on SportsNation. It’s honestly the perfect show for him, because he doesn’t seem to have any more insight into sports than the average fan.

smart like a Fox

September 7th, 2010
2:33 pm

The Howard Stern of Sports Radio….he does not care to be right he just cares to be loud…..look at me!!

WHITE AND GOLD

September 7th, 2010
2:33 pm

there are 11 remaining games in the season and every one of the top ten teams can go down including Boise State, count on it..why these blowhards have it all figured out before games are played is laughable.

The guy has the authority of a gnat’s behind

GT Sambo

September 7th, 2010
2:35 pm

I think he’s dead on with his GT commentary. I think the point is that it is probably good for Tech to run an offense like this one, given our recruiting base. We’re going to attract different types of recruits, mobile, athletic QBs, smaller quicker OLs, and smaller, quicker RBs to play A-back. That’s a good thing, since we aren’t going to be able to compete with Alabama, UGA, UF, FSU, and even Clemson to attract the top rated guys to run a pro style offense.

BuzzKill

September 7th, 2010
2:38 pm

Conyers Yellow Jacket

GT won the ACC in CPJ’s 2ND YEAR.

Dude, if you dont like how he does it, then just F-O !!

Brave Hokie

September 7th, 2010
2:41 pm

Cowherd: eat me…
If the Hokies would have won he would discounted the victory and stated we could still lose 2 or 3 games….
So rage on.

Vegas Jackette

September 7th, 2010
2:43 pm

all I know is that GT’s previous coaches ran “the offense” that the finger pointers think is the official and acceptable offense of college and NFL football. And just what did they do with it? 7-6 most times and heading to the Boise “Ice” Bowl at least every other year. Who cares. For God’s sake, Gailey couldn’t even beat Wake with Calvin Johnson in the ACC title game. Before this season started, I looked back at all the big plays made in 09 on youtube and see how and why GT became the ACC champs. I love it and wouldn’t want to go back to the past. GT will make a name for itself, CPJ wants to win and will do everything he can to strive for an undefeated season. How many coaches would fire their Def Coordinator with only 3 losses and a conference championship? And if things do not work again, CPJ will make changes again. That coach wants to win, he doesn’t want to be mediocre and I am glad we have someone like that coaching GT football despite what idiots on the radio think.

Tokyo jacket

September 7th, 2010
2:46 pm

Tool!

The guy doesn’t know college football. “LSU is good.” Really? WTH?!?! They beat UNC’s backup squad by a hair and they’re good. The SEC’s 4th best team beat the ACC’s 5th best team’s backups by 6 points/6 seconds and they’re good? The dude lost all creedence about any Tech argument with that statement. GT has 20 wins in two years against programs like FSU, UGA, and Miami. I’m not concerned with where Tech is going. I’m pretty sure I know more about college football than this dude.

GT Alum

September 7th, 2010
2:46 pm

Can’t believe I’m going to be rooting for FSU and Miami this weekend. I feel so dirty.

Vegas Jackette

September 7th, 2010
2:49 pm

and one more thing, on a couple of big games vs VT and FSU, you had Marcus Wright scoring TD’s. It did not always have to be the big names. That tells me this offense works.

GT Alum

September 7th, 2010
2:50 pm

Oh, and what kind of sad commentary is it that he picks the 2 teams to play for the championship based on the fact that they’re the 2 “profile” teams with the easiest schedules? Just another illustration of why the BCS is a bunch of BS.

old_eagle

September 7th, 2010
2:50 pm

Does anyone care about Cowherd ? When it comes to college football commentary, he constantly waves pom poms for USC, which is probably appropriate because cheerleading would have been about the only chance this big mouth know-it-all would have been anywhere near the action on the field. Besides that, he is always making reference to strippers for some reason and his voice is just plain annoying. I quit listening to this jerk years ago. He’s like a broken record.

AMG

September 7th, 2010
2:51 pm

SEC is the most over rated confrence in the nation and even Alabama and Florida are on there way out. ESPN just signed a multi billion dollar deal with the SEC and the BCS, so they will lie, cheat, steal and anything else they can do to make sure the SEC image stays tops in the nation, but the truth will always win out. Alabama is FAR FAR FAR away from being a great team this year. The defense is not even a top 50 defense. They will have their hands full stoping a bad offense with a true freshman QB (Penn St) this week. Then after Alanama who is really good?? Florida, really??? who, they have nothing, LSU looked anything but great, Ole Miss looks less than good. So tell me SEC fans, other than Alabama, who I think is not even a top 5 team, who is good in the SEC?

Ozzy

September 7th, 2010
2:55 pm

I’m a Tech fan, but you can’t argue with the football results. The ACC just isn’t getting it done.

There are no moral victories. The fact is over the last ten years or so, the ACC is an inferior football conference. I wish it wasn’t true, but it is.

We’ll just have to be content with the occasional win against the upper level teams in the SEC, Big 12 and Big 10. The ACC can and does compete with the lower tier teams in the power football conferences, just not with the “football factories”. There’s no real shame in that.

Jerry

September 7th, 2010
2:56 pm

Clever but goofy? That is how I would describe Colin Cowherd, much like the Dave Letterman of radio.

Just Stopping By

September 7th, 2010
2:56 pm

Colin Cowherd is a complete and utter moron.

He is fingers across the chalkboard. He is that Pokemon episode that gave all those kids seizures. His demeanor screams out, “Please someone, I am begging to be punched in the face.”

After giving him a chance a while back, I realized that he never had anything legitimate to say. The mere sound of his voice felt like an earwig burrowing into my brain. Now when I accidentally hear him on the radio, I recoil and scream “AAAGGGHH” while leaping to change the station.

Oh, and I disagree with him on his Tech commentary.

Just Stopping By

September 7th, 2010
2:57 pm

FingerNAILS across the chalkboard, of course.

destin dawg

September 7th, 2010
2:58 pm

AMG…. UGA Bull dawgs this is the YEAR… just watch !!! Go Dawgs !!!!

Damon Evans

September 7th, 2010
2:58 pm

Red panties for Colon Coward.

GT Anchorage

September 7th, 2010
2:58 pm

I bet his microphone is soaking wet after his show. Has anyone else noticed that his voice sounds like he is spitting with every word that he says? Also, I was listening to him this morning and he at an ice cube while on air. Who does that? I can’t stand his voice and he is an idiot. I wish we had someone else to listen to up here. A couple of weeks ago, he said that he doesn’t care about any team in any sport. He makes the predictions that will stir up the most controversy. Instead of doing that, he just makes himself sound like a moron.

Doug Roberson

September 7th, 2010
2:59 pm

ESPN also signed a deal with the ACC…

senoiadawgs

September 7th, 2010
2:59 pm

What you are aren’t hearing being said today. BSU stepped up and beat what appeared to be an average VT team last night just barely after being given 7 points at the beginning of the game, losing a 17 point lead and an old coach going old school instead of putting the game punting to an O VT hadn’t really stopped all night.

Last night proved to me BSU would be a .500 Big Ten, SEC, Big 12, ACC team. Maybe a game over .500. This is also supposed to be the best team they have ever had. They could never stand the rigors of playing in a major traditional BCS conf.

Dannyboy

September 7th, 2010
3:01 pm

EVERY offense/defense was “unconventional” at one time…until everybody and their mom decided to run it. The Spread, the West Coast Offense, the Run-n-Shoot, the 34 defense, the 46 defense, the 52 defense…all of those were “unconventional” until half the teams decided to emulate them. I hate when people say an offense is gimmicky or unconventional. Unconventional is running an offense with no QB in the backfield and 9 offensive linemen. Gimmicky is the fumble-roosky or Statue of liberty play. If these so-called experts would do some research, they would know CPJ’s spread option is more of a hybrid between the run-n-shoot and spread offense than the old fashion veer/wishbone that they keep saying. Do some homework and you just might sound like you know what you’re talking about. Man, wish I could get paid for talking mis-informed sports crap all day long…

RDR

September 7th, 2010
3:03 pm

“Goofy”. Ahahahahahahahahahahaha!! Perfect!

Long Time Football Fan Since 1981

September 7th, 2010
3:05 pm

who is this UGA you speak of

SEC Fan

September 7th, 2010
3:05 pm

AMG – don’t totally disagree on the SEC except for the comments about Bama and UF being on the way out. They lost some players but are absolutely reloading for the next several years. Nick Saban will have Bama’s defense (or any other defense he coaches) ready to play. UF may take a step back this year but they own FL in recruiting and Meyer is an outstanding coach.

That said, UGA, LSU, UT, and AU need to pick up the pace a little bit. Still the best conference in America by far. More great rivalry games then every other conference COMBINED.

GO DAWGS!!

BigTimeTechFan

September 7th, 2010
3:08 pm

Most of the time I see NFL QB’s get hurt they are standing in the pocket. Steve young was a running QB, never got hurt until they made him stay in the pocket, then he had his head messed up.

Give me an NFL team with 3 option QB’s and they would win big:
Take Pat White, Joshua Nesbitt, DJ Shockley, Tim Crouch, Vick types, have 3 on one team. They can take hits just like any NFL RB, Why can Cris Johnson play a full year and an option QB can’t. What different about a QB then a running back, option QB are just RB’s that can also throw the ball.

Uncoventional & Goofy

September 7th, 2010
3:09 pm

Thats how I would describe today’s “hatchet job” from Doug.

Doug, congratulations on your alma mater winning The Fulmer Cup.

I know you’re proud.

BigTimeTechFan

September 7th, 2010
3:12 pm

Joshua Nesbitt – is coached to play like he’s going to get his head knocked off every play.

T3

September 7th, 2010
3:14 pm

Coley Harey (GT beat writer for Macon Telegrah (macon.com)

Coley Harvey > Doosh Roberson

Turkey Neck rides again

September 7th, 2010
3:14 pm

Look at Nesbitt’s passing stats against a very inferior defense of SC State. How many times does Turkey Neck have to be beaten before he realizes his high school offense is great for Navy and Southern, but terrible for D-1 BCS caliber opponents? I’m not bashing, it’s just a fact. The ACC has been in shambles for what 5 seasons? Turkey Neck lost his window of opportunity. FSU and Miami are on the comeback. Clemson looks okay too. Get ready for a long season, techmites. Do you really think you can beat Georgia, Florida or Bama? How did that last game against LSU, Georgia and Iowa end up for you? No more real talent left on your roster. Get ready for Navy type of seasons record wise. Navy doesn’t really play tough opponents either, maybe one per season.

Doug Roberson

September 7th, 2010
3:15 pm

Goofy: I didn’t say I agreed with anything said by Holtz or Cowherd. I just write what they say, and try to provide the context, which in the case of the ACC’s place in college football is hard to argue against.

I won’t argue if you say I look goofy.

I actually think the option offense would work in the NFL. Yes every player on defense is big and fast. That’s also true on offense. The problem is you’d need more than three quarterbacks, and i doubt guys would stand in line for the job.

AMG

September 7th, 2010
3:15 pm

Doug the ACC deal was for Basketball and ALL other sports but no football other than bowl games.

Doug Roberson

September 7th, 2010
3:16 pm

Turkey: I wouldn’t put too much stock in one game. I’m sure that you were more than willing to give Joe Cox a free pass after his first two stinkers last season.

Tech still scored 41 points and it is the defending conference champion.

BigTimeTechFan

September 7th, 2010
3:17 pm

Aaron Murry is pretty good, I bet if they tell him to stop running he will get hurt. He’s better playing on instincts, running from pressure. Now they are telling him not to run, that’s how you get a QB hurt.

Doug Roberson

September 7th, 2010
3:17 pm

AMG…wrong. It was for football, basketball and Olympic sports.

PJ's highscool offense

September 7th, 2010
3:18 pm

Jackets offense and defense is goofy, unconventional, and poorly coached, def line was pushed around all day long by Jacksonville State , MEAC champs LMFAO , 3 years in the system and oline and A-backs still cannot block , cant pass the friggin ball more than 3 yards, no route running and basically look terrible.
Excuses from The bugs , just wait till the UGA game LOL , u didn’t realize the season started this past weekend.
Scrap the whole program and start over , this aint 1950’s

BigTimeTechFan

September 7th, 2010
3:20 pm

Doug – I agree option would work, but why would running QB’s get hurt more then RB’s in the NFL?

Most option QB’s get hit more then anyone on their team from HS and collage, they would be used to it, they know more then drop back QB’s how to take hits.

wesleywhatwhat

September 7th, 2010
3:21 pm

are we sure cowherd wasn’t reading his own press quotes?

“(thinks he is) clever” and “goofy” apply more aptly to cowherd than any other terms i can think of.

Unconventional & Goofy

September 7th, 2010
3:22 pm

Thats funny.

Doug Roberson and the AJC are the ONLY
newspapers in GA, AL, SC, and FL that EVEN mentioned Colin Cowpie today.

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Doug, you dont ned anyone to tell you look goofy.
You can handle that solo.

Seriously, your video report was lame, today’s report is pathetic.

I think we know what D-Rad really thinks of your reporting.