In his final postmortem of the 2016 Virginia football season, UVa offensive coordinator Robert Anae did not hold back in his evaluation of the Hoos’ quarterbacking situation. Per the Newsplex’s Damon Dillman:
Anae: #UVA spent all season trying to develop consistent QB. "We did not have one consistent performer."— Damon Dillman (@DamonDillman) November 26, 2016
Anae: "This year has been a rough year for teamwork and chemistry... you're never gonna find a great quarterback on a bad team."— Damon Dillman (@DamonDillman) November 26, 2016
Listening to Anae's comments again re: "QB on a bad team" his intent was clearly to take heat off QBs, not to indict other players.— Damon Dillman (@DamonDillman) November 26, 2016
Anae’s comments were nearly universally panned by UVa fans on the Twittersphere for their needlessly harsh nature and lack of personal accountability. Throughout the team’s 52-10 loss to Virginia Tech, quarterbacks Matt Johns and Kurt Benkert switched on almost every play, perplexing most observers.
Anae says every offensive play had specific personnel, including QB. So QB changed depending on play call, not rotation by snap.— Damon Dillman (@DamonDillman) November 26, 2016
Bronco on QB shuffle: Hoped Johns would provide composure on early downs, Benkert a big arm on obvious passing downs.— Damon Dillman (@DamonDillman) November 26, 2016
The quarterback shuffle approach was far from effective. The offense never got a consistent rhythm going, gaining only 94 yards in the first half and 247 over the entire game. Johns was 4-10 for 17 yards and two interceptions in his final game, and Benkert went 9-26 for 122 yards and a touchdown.
Update, 11:30 a.m. Sunday:
The Daily Progress’ Jerry Ratcliffe included in his Sunday morning column a much fuller quote from Anae that reads very differently than the above tweets: