From the Office of the Temporary Athletic Direction Scott Barnes
The University of Pittsburgh
Wasn’t Dr T’s article great. Thanks so much for that Tom. I disagree with 56.8 % of it though.
One thing a lot of Pitt aren’t really considering when discussing our problems with opponent’s passing games is that the defensive backfield talent level may go up this year … but the problem will still be the coaching.
Here’s the thing – Paul Chryst was as good a OC before coming to Pitt and Narduzzi was a DC and still our offense never came around to the level of his offenses at Wisconsin – they just didn’t.
For instance Chryst’s last three years as OC they scored: 31.8, 41.5 and 44.1 ppg.
Narduzzi’s defense gave up: 22.3, 18.3 and 16.3 ppg.
All very much Top 10 years in the NCAA respectively…
Now –Pitt fans point to Narduzzi’s first three years as the DC for a blueprint for what we’ll see at Pitt. He was giving up 26.6, 23.9 and 26.3 ppg for an average of 25.6 ppg. A nice slim increase then back again but still pretty good…
Note: Every so often we’ll have guest writers contribute some articles for a different Point of View toward the football program and the team. After all – we are called POV, right? well, this is a good one from Dr. Tom Richards.
Well it finally happened.
Reed has decided to give me some extra rope. By that I mean, he extended me the invitation to contribute an actual article for submission to the Pitt POV. Imagine that? He even gave me the subject he wanted me to expound on, that being last season’s abysmal performance by our defensive secondary.
He also informed me that, just like Jack Webb used to state on the old TV series Dragnet, to give him the FACTS, just the facts, on why I’m expecting last year’s horrendous secondary performance to evaporate come 2017. No optimistic smoke & mirrors, just the hard facts, not even any alternative facts, just the hard ones.
But I know his true intentions, I didn’t just fall off the turnip truck ya know. He’s supplied just enough rope so that I can hang myself with it come about mid December, by then when we’re all bitching and moaning once again on why Pitt had such a sad repeat performance by our defensive secondary, keeping us from winning the ACC Coastal Crown yet again.
Note: We have to skip the Roundtable Call-in this week as my son and I are taking a two-day “Guys Break” in Philly. We will do it next week for sure.
Last week I mailed out oval Pitt POV car decals to everyone I had addresses for. If you didn’t get one and you would like to then send me an email at email@example.com with your home address in it and I’ll get one out to you. Please put “Decals” in the subject line if you would.
It isn’t a bad idea for me to have your address on file anyway because every so often I get something I would like to share with you all. For example I got my hands on some rather scarce “Pitt Football Spring 2017” guides in hard-copy and just finished mailing them out. They went out originally only to the working media.
Before I begin I want to share this new document with you – it is Pitt’s Guest Practice Rules & Regulations:
As you can see certain conduct is expected when you are there as a media guest, and specifically afterward, and they are clearly spelled out. It really is almost exactly the same limitations I have put on my own writing after watching practices anyway. With that in mind I read this as not-so-much pertaining to the “Media Open Window” time period but the whole of the actual practice time where some invited guests are allowed to watch the stuff that is fully closed to the media.
Today there was some NFL Scouts who stayed an extra day, high school coaches, coaches from way-smaller colleges and some player’s family members.
See – they get to watch the actual X&Os and proprietary part of the real practices including players getting screamed and, at least today, a brawl… which I’m upset I missed. But I had a chance to see 40 minutes of work today vice the normal 20-25 minutes so I’ll describe some of what I saw.
First off I have to apologize – I took 59 photos and for some reason I have only three, all blurry, in my phone. I’m pissed and so you all have to get your reading glasses on.
I had a chance to get up to the Southside today to watch Pitt’s Pro Day at the UPMC Sports Complex. What I’d like to do here is give you all a different look and slant on things than you would get from the mainstream media.
In other words – it’s funny what the players will tell you when the coaches are occupied elsewhere.
To start off the intent of Pro Day is to Pitt players (and others from smaller schools and elsewhere – more on that later). Pitt had a slew of seniors there – all of them on the roster actually. The only player who didn’t take part in anything was Nate Peterman surprisingly enough. I asked a few people what that story was but heard versions of ‘It’s his decision” each time.
Well, the other kids were there to show up and kick ass and I think, from talking with various NFL Scouts, they all acquitted themselves well.
Scouts from every NFL teams are here and they are like Navajo Code Talkers in that I can’t understand a word they are saying and I’m trying to eaves drop a group are sitting right behind me.
Four guys from the Steelers – one older and three younger. Talked with the Tampa Bay scout – looking at Peterman among others.
Lots of these scouts are in their late 20s & early 30s – stringers for just the times and visual impressions of the kids? I don’t know but I’d say there were at least eight people from the Steelers. I asked one of the scouts how often he does these things and apparently he;s a local HS coach, or something along those lines, who get called to give reports.
It must be that those Steeler guys are playing hooky from working next door because you know there isn’t a chance in Hell they will actually draft any of our boys.
I’ll get into some specifics later – some 40 yard dash times were eye-opening for sure but fist let’s set the stage.
I arrived at the clubhouse facility at 9:00 am and the upstairs dining area was the staging point for both the scouts and the media in attendance. Food and coffee etc… and I had some interesting talks with some guys (and girls – Megan) from the Pitt News and then NFL Channel. They – the NFL- were there to film the running jumping and skipping that was done. Coach Narduzzi took the Scouts into the players meeting room for some top-secret talks that we weren’t invited to.
We had a great hour long conversation again this evening with Dr. Tom, Ike, Missing Wlat as a newcomer, Pittman4ever and myself. Since we had the latest news about the new AD hire we started off with that – after a tour of Missing Wlat’s man cave (we are all jealous).
Here is the recording. I hope the audio side is clear – we could hear each other very well.
I will ask for a list of participants earlier in the week next time so that we can get some diversity in opinions out to our readers.
Thanks guys – you all were great.
I’ll be leaving at around 4-5 am for the drive to Pittsburgh’s Southside for the Pro Timing and weight lifting day – I hope to get some good photos and some insight behind the scenes for you all.
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