It's sometimes easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and play-to-play issues with any football team and focus on them when discussing a coach's performance. The recruiting misses, the baffling play calls, the occasional poor gameplans, etc. And I don't feel bad about that - Dan Mullen's a multi-millionaire, he's a public figure and he's one of the most powerful figures at one of the nation's largest public universities. He can take some criticism. But it's good to step back occasionally and look at the bigger picture and just observe how truly...pleasant it is to have a well-coached football team for the first time in a decade or so. Knowing that, while the team might lose a game and might enter at a talent deficit, at least we'll never be in a position where we feel like the coaching staff is utterly overwhelmed by the situation. Like last night - Virginia cuts the lead to one score, has all the momentum, stops us on third and short...and Mullen doesn't hesitate to go for it on fourth down in his own territory. Brian Griese is screaming about what a horrible idea it is, and a bunch of coaches would have punted the ball away and "trusted the defense," but Mullen understood the moment and the math. Or my favorite play of the game, the big screen to Jefferson backed up against our goal line after Elam's interception. 90 percent of coaches in that situation run the ball into the line of scrimmage three times and punt it away, content to either eat clock or force UVA to use its timeouts. And instead Mullen dials up a pass that's safe (worst case scenario it gets stopped for no gain, which is no different than plowing into a crowded box with a running back) and gives a dynamic receiver a chance to exploit a favorable match up, which Jefferson did. A lot of great coaching is hard to notice because it's just...competence. It's making reasonable decisions and preparing in a way that prevents catastrophes or screw-ups. And it's easy to forget just how vital that is until you have to spent the better part of a decade watching the exact opposite of it. It's striking just how much less stressful it is as a fan not to hold your breath before every snap thinking, "God, what nonsense are we going to pull now?"