We just don’t know what that is yet and better figure out that puzzle tout suite if not sooner. Pardon my French – let’s just say pretty goddamn fast instead. Like six days fast.
Here is the Podcast – I had trouble with the recording volume so you have to turn it way up…sorry.
It is easy to look at a score (28-7 Pitt) and the stats of a game and interpret that in any way you want to. We all have inherent biases and especially for a Pitt fan the quest for a silver lining is always there…. that is what we have been conditioned to do. Like the Chinese water torture.
But personally I don’t feel that way this morning. I feel like the Pitt football program let us fans down somewhat … again. We didn’t lose the game yesterday – quite the contrary as we won by 21 points. That’s a nice day at the office for anyone and a good way to start a season.
We had some ups – Conner’s return (more on that later), Jester Weah catching a pass finally and our defense coming together after a rocky 1st quarter to play well. Here – see for yourself:
Notice I didn’t say the team let us down – but the adults in the room didn’t really do what they are paid to do – unless you think a win in any way possible is the goal.
We Pitt fans aren’t in the position to judge a game like a beauty contest. We always seem to be saying “Hell, that sucked but hey, we got a “W”!!. But the bold truth is that we’ll take a “W” any way we can thank you. But I talked to a lot of Pitt fans yesterday and every one, save one very drunk kid, thought we played “down to ‘Nova’s level“.
I will say this – I put that 1st half of play directly on Narduzzi’s shoulders. Forget about those 14 points, we played pretty poorly and did not look anywhere near ready to play a football game – regardless of the opponent.
He was screaming at his staff coaches all during the 1st half… He was also throwing his headset down but that’s because they have been having technical problems with them at HeinzField.
Which is code for we pretty much sucked out there. So I actually will parse that game played yesterday because that is also what I and other Pitt fans do. I’ll put up a “Monday Morning QB” article tomorrow with three main points on the positive and negative sides.
So, we won the game at Heinz field under sunny skies and a rather sparse crowd (from what I could tell) but a crowd that was happy to be there and had some fun.
I wasn’t expecting a blowout as some fans were – take a look at the predictions article for some of those wishful thinking scores. I figured we’d be 20 points better than our opponent with a 37-17 prediction – and truth be told that was the upper limit of the point spread I had in mind. Lo and behold we beat that by one point. I should give myself a prize for second place – or a participation trophy at the very least.
To put things in a nutshell our defense looked OK after a slow start but our offense never got a rhythm going. We did score four TDs – two by land and two by sea – but we just never could rely on any one part of the offense to get us moving downfield.
Looking at the statistics we see a bland and under performing offense:
See the rushing game specifically if you want a scare this morning. Note especially the yards per carry number – coming in at 2.5 ypc. That is 2.5 ypc folks and with an offensive line that everyone but a few of us with contrary views was gushing over just yesterday morning.
Welcome to the real world Biz and friends. Here there are actual players on the other side of the ball who want to stop us from moving forward.
But the OL didn’t just come up short of expectations in the run game only. Our QB, Nate Peterman, had pressure on him almost every time he dropped back to pass – and a lot of his completions were executed while on the run.
He played a rather bland game which was keeping in stride with all the other guys playing on the offense yesterday… and had a 122 QB rating. Not good but not bad either.
But Jester Weah had a small coming out party yesterday. The young man had four catches for 38 yards and a TD where he made a great move to open separation in the endzone.
Good for James, good for Jester and good to get a win right off the bat…now onto Penn State.
BTW – I walked through both parking lots and the stadium and I didn’t see any “JOE KNEW” T-shirts.
Notes: I was wrong about Maddox’s tackles. Three of five were in Villanova’s backfield, two out in the field.