Monday Morning QB – Pitt vs OSU

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One of the great things about Pitt football, win or lose, is talking about or reading the thoughts and opinions of our fans after each game.  Sometime we find an issue that carries agreement across the board and sometimes we find issues the bring a great discussion and debate to the table.

After yesterday’s game I think we all agree on the fact that if we don’t do something concrete and lasting about our pass defense we are going to have a long season with some real disappointments.  It was that bad on Saturday…. and during the previous game. 

But there were some bright spots for the Panthers that showed on Saturday also. Our offense is still scoring points – even when we see our passing game limping along.  Our special teams play was better across the board, etc…  I’ll address some of the positive points in my “Three positive & Three negative” section later on.

But one thing I do after after each game is let a full 24 hours pass while I don’t read any media reports from other writers. I do that so that I can sift through my own thoughts and feelings, then come to my own conclusions about what I think the games show us, and the national audience in Saturday’s case.

I have written in the last week that I wasn’t overly impressed after the Penn State game when it came down to the actual playing of football by the Panthers; the win felt great but the way we played sure didn’t – and  now that is magnified after the OSU match.  We went into Stillwater, OK on a high and got carried out on a stretcher… maybe pushed out in a wheelchair… but you get my drift.

Forget about the final 45-38 score, the Cowboys took it to us right off the bat and kept the lead save for 1m 25s stretch when we were up 10-7 in the 1st quarter.  From the 4:26 mark in that quarter until the final whistle OSU firmly controlled the score and the game.

I think the worst part of watching these last two games has been seeing how very easily our opponents hit big plays against us in the air.  The interesting point here is that even though we have given up 872 yards passing against OSU and Penn State they have only had three passing TDs between them.  Compare that to our rather anemic 328 yards in the air but we have four passing TDs in those games.  Strange huh?

So – now we know what we have done in the first three games and at this point in a regular season, with a regular team, we fans would start talking about our apparent strengths and weaknesses and what the coaching staff would have to do to smooth out the lumps for the remaining nine games.

But this year?  With this horrid and crippled defensive backfield?  This ain’t no regular year and that ain’t a regular Pitt team.  I’m scratching my head trying to remember if, in recent history, we have had such bad play and such terrible results for one field unit.  I can’t find anything that even remotely compares to this season’s passing defense.

20072I suppose we can look at our 2007 team’s poor passing game when we were 104th in passing with only 104 yards per match, but that was with our 3rd string QB playing the last ten games of the year.

Maybe you guys can come up with something else but in my mind this season’s passing defense is about as bad as it gets…. and I’m not convinced that is going to change anytime soon.

We know head coaches tend to surround themselves with staff they are familiar with and our Cornerbacks coach is one of those in Renaldo Hill, who played DB at Michigan State before Narduzzi coached there; but Narduzzi has mentioned that he knew Hill well.  Get this part of his Pitt bio:

“His impact on Pitt’s corners last season was immediate. This was especially evident with Avonte Maddox, who in his first full year as a starter ranked third in the ACC in passes defended (1.15 per game, 15 total). Maddox was an All-ACC Honorable Mention selection and is primed for greater all-star recognition in 2016.”

I’ll disagree about how ‘immediate’ Hill’s coaching impact was considering we dropped from 34th nationally in passing efficiency defense in 2014 to 66th last year. Tag onto that the fact that in ’14 we gave up 2,471 yards and 17 TDs in the air to last year’s better 2,791 and 18 TDs.  And that was with Matt House as the DC and no dedicated defensive backs coach!

This year – if previous form holds – we’ll give up 3,636 yards passing…too much to even contemplate really.  The point is that under Narduzzi and Hill our pass defense got worse last season and and now it is atrocious.

OK – that said,  what are the three positive and three negative points we can takeaway from Saturday’s loss?  Because it is a loss I’ll start off with the negative.

NEGATIVE:

#1. See above.  Here are the stats – you figure it out:    The OSU QB went 26/46 (57%) for 540 yards and 2 TDs.  but here are the killer numbers – his yards per pass was an excellent 11.7 average and his yards per completion was an astronomical 20.8!  I’ll say that again – 20.8 yards average on passes caught.  Guys, a pass play over 20 yards from the LOS is considered a deep completion.

#2. QB Nate Peterman’s play.  We won’t win football games with our QB having a less than 50% completion rate.  Worse even was that some of those incompletions were to wide open receivers.  One specific instance of that was when the  Jester “The Human On-Off Switch” Weah was wide open on a deep route and Peterman badly overthrew him. 

Granted Weah caught an TD and then also dropped a sure TD earlier, but a good QB needs to give his receivers constant chances to catch his passes and some of Peterman’s throws were just plain bad.  His final tally was 14/30 for 237 yards, 1 TDs and an INT.  Surprisingly his yards per pass was respectable at 7.9 and his yards per reception was very good at 16.9.

But we need consistency back there and we didn’t get it on Saturday.

#3.  OC Matt Canada and his D staff coaching.    I could easily have listed just his playcalling here but I think his use of the personnel at his disposal is just as bad, if not worse.

First off let’s tie this back together to the ultra-poor defensive back’s play.  We have the almost the same personnel as we did last season yet we are playing much worse pass defense.  We lost DB Lafayette Pitts to graduation and S Pat Amara to transfer (due to Whitehead’s ascendance).  But our two deep is essentially the same as it was in ’15.  So far this season no matter what sort of substitutions we made back there PSU and OK State just kept completing long passes against us.

I don’t know how much influence Narduzzi exerts on his coordinators – he says he’s hands off but I don’t believe that for a minute when it comes to Coach Conklin and the defense.  Regarding the offense?  I just don’t know, but I do know that Narduzzi tends to hold grudges and sometimes his decision making is influenced by that.  Maybe ‘grudges’ is too strong a word, but if he gets pissed at something or someone it shows up later in his coaching choices.

It is almost inconceivable that we held out our #2 RB, Quadree Ollison, he of the 1121 yard season in ’15.  Instead Canada went with a Narduzzi recruit (Ollison was a Chryst recruit) in RB Darrin Hall who gained 17 yards on five carries for a 3.8 ypc average. For some reason Ollison has been the poor step-child with Narduzzi and not using him has cut into talent available to be played.

Ollison played just a few snaps and had one reception for 8 yards and not one carry… not enough in my book at all.

pitt-rushing-osuLook at this chart – Canada ran nine different ball carriers on called running plays Saturday including such players as WR Araujo-Lopes three times (!), RB Chawntez Moss twice and WR Tre- Tipton once.

Add that to Hall’s carries and they had is 11 carries for 2.9 ypc average.  I like the idea of giving Moss carries, especially now that we burnt his redshirt but you can’t tell me giving the ball to Ollison 10 or 11 times in that game wouldn’t have had better effect.

However giving the ball to WRs or Whitehead is what we are doing this season.  We do some jet-sweeps with a WR and it works sometimes so we think “Hey, lets do it all the time – that way when the next game comes around their DC will think we’ll NOT do it against them!”.

Seeing Henderson do well at a jet-sweep is one thing, he got 97 yards on 7 carries and 2 TDs – very productive; but understanding that Tipton and Araujo-Lopes are not Henderson is whole other thing all together.  I much prefer we used this so-called awesome OL for what it is built for – getting yards between the tackles as our bread and butter running game and then complement it with the jet-sweeps and end-around carries.

POSITIVES:

#1.  Our running game.  Even with the issues above we had to rely, again, on our rushing to keep us in the game.  Because of the poor showing by our passer we needed to get our constant yardage from Conner and Henderson (and Peterman’s legs also).  The three TDs we had on the ground were the 21 points that kept us close enough to at least have some hope in the latter stages of the game.

#2 K Chris Blewitt and P Ryan Winslow.  Blewitt broke out of his slump by connecting on the only FG he was asked to attempt – but it was a long 48 yard one and gave us the only lead we had in the game at 10-7.  The real impact Blewitt had was on his kickoffs though.  In his 7 kickoffs he had 5 touchbacks and only two returned for a total of 34 yards.

Ryan Winslow matched that with his 11 punts averaging 42.4 yards and putting 4 of those inside the Cowboy’s 2- yard line.  They had 4 punt returns for 34 yards with a long of 11.

So let’s add our kick coverage teams to this positive also – they did a good job limiting the return yards.

#3 James Conner.  He has come to play in each game so far and has done well.  I picked him as one of the positives in this game because he did some fine inside running against a stout OSU defensive line. He had 111 rushing yards on the day with 24 carries which is below his normal 5+ ypc average, but he made up for that in other ways.  He had a long run of 32 yards and then ripped off another 21 yarder to keep a drive alive in the 4th quarter.

Perhaps his best contribution on the day was a 55 yard pitch, catch and run for 55 yards.  That play took us from our 22 yard line to the OSU 23.  That also led to a Pitt TD to close the score to 24-17 and kept the game from getting out of hand early in the 1st quarter.

Conner totaled 171 yards in total offense on the day and his efforts kept us at least withing striking distance in the 4th quarter.

Note: – When I started this blog the only real rule that I set down was that it would be a politics-free blog and that I’d either curb or delete posts that dragged politics into the discussions.

I have noticed lately that we have posted some comments that have addressed politics specifically so this is a reminder…  Please leave the politics to other venues – Facebook and other websites are good for that – but not on here.

Thanks

122 thoughts on “Monday Morning QB – Pitt vs OSU

  1. When the plays are not working, the OC usually gets the blame. I didn’t get to see the post-storm action but looking at the last 2 play calls before Pitts final punt was certainly head scratching.

    I was never real high on NP as most here but his play needs to improve or the opponents will continue to stack the line.

    Notre Dame is killing us!

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  2. Good Luck to Jeter. Pitt could have used his services for sure. These are the kind of recruits that raise the quality of a recruiting class. Coach Duzz, sorry, swing and a miss.

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  3. of the two top recruits that were remaining, Jeter was thought to be the one headed for Pitt. Wade is a longer shot. Jeter didn’t even have ND in his Top 5 a month ago, yet after 1 trip to South Bend …

    I am venting … I’m sure this is not the opinion of this site but I am more saddened by the Jeter decision than I am the loss to Ok State.

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  4. Reed, I disagree with a couple of your items above. I can’t believe we are bashing Canada already. I think we need to give it a few more games before we really see where we are at. I agree there were a few head-scratching calls but I think overall his play-calling has far exceeded Chaney. I don’t know about anyone else, but personally I felt way more irritated with the play-calling in the Steeler game yesterday than in Pitt’s game on Saturday.
    Another thing I disagree with is that OK ST had the game in check from 10-7 on. “From the 4:26 mark in that quarter until the final whistle OSU firmly controlled the score and the game.” Maybe it was just me but I felt like we had all the momentum when the lightning delay hit. And even afterward when we were trading punts in the 4th qtr, you can’t say OK ST had the game in hand and it was never in doubt. We gave up one play in the 4th qtr and it happened to be the one that cost us the game.
    As for Ollison, I didn’t have a huge problem with him not getting any carries. I understand the reasoning behind those wanting to see him on the field. However, I think the idea behind Hall/Moss is that they present a different type of back as a contrast to Conner. To me, Ollison is very similar to Conner and I think they were looking for a quicker pace to offset the heavy power running of Conner. And I don’t think for one second that it has anything to do with not being a Narduzzi recruit.
    And as far as recruiting is concerned, I guess it doesn’t really matter until February anyhow. I wouldn’t be shocked to see Jeter change his mind come February. But if these guys want to go play for Kelly, then so be it. It’s their life and decision to make. And hopefully it works out for them. You can’t argue the atmosphere out there. What you can argue is how good of a coach and person he is.

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  5. Here is Dokish’s Top 10:

    Top 10 in PA for 2017 (as of Signing Day 2016)

    1. D’Andre Swift, St. Joseph’s Prep HS (Philadelphia) RB- Perfect running back size at 5’10” and 208 pounds. Short, muscular frame and elite speed and quickness makes it nearly impossible to get a good shot on him. No real weaknesses and even has great hands. His offer list is big and will get huge before long. Right now that offer list includes Pittsburgh, Penn State, West Virginia, Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Florida State, Georgia, South Carolina, Michigan, Michigan State, and Virginia Tech. In my opinion, he won’t end up at Pitt.
    2. Lamont Wade, Clairton HS (Clairton) CB- Possibly the best cornerback prospect in the country for the class. Not big at 5’10” and 185 pounds, but he is a potential superstar with speed, athleticism, technique, hands, and toughness. Offers include Pittsburgh, Penn State, West Virginia, Ohio State, Auburn, Nebraska, UCLA, Maryland, and Virginia Tech. In my opinion, he won’t end up at Pitt, though I think the Panthers will be involved until the end.

    3. Paris Ford, Seton-LaSalle HS (McKees Rocks) S- Pretty slim right now at 6’0″ and 175 pounds, but he’s a high level athlete with the speed, athleticism, and hands to be an all-star college player. Great range with hands to match. Also a good hitter despite frame. Ed Reed centerfielder type that seems to be everywhere. Chose PITTSBURGH over Penn State, West Virginia, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Auburn, and North Carolina.

    PITT

    1. David Adams, Central Catholic HS (Pittsburgh) LB- The quintessential PA linebacker with smarts, toughness, and tenacity. Sneaky good athlete. Plays well against the run and the pass. Ideal middle linebacker. Early offers include Pittsburgh, Penn State, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Nebraska, Virginia, and Virginia Tech. I think Pitt and Notre Dame could be the teams to beat, and now that his close friends, Ford and Damar Hamlin, are committed to the Panthers, the chances may be improving. In my opinion, because of his talent and the position he plays, he is the top target for Pitt in this class.

    Notre Dame

    1. Donovan Jeter, Beaver Falls Area HS (Beaver Falls) DT/DE- Already a large 6’4″ and 280 pounds on a massive frame. Can easily get up to 300 pounds if he moves inside. May also have the potential to terrorize as a rush end if he slims down. Excellent basketball player who would be a high major prospect if he was taller. Early offers from Pittsburgh, Penn State, West Virginia, Michigan State, Nebraska, Tennessee, and Maryland, among others. Pitt appears to be the leader.

    Notre Dame

    1. CJ Thorpe, Central Catholic HS (Pittsburgh) OG- As of now he’s 6’4″ at best which means he will have to move inside to guard, but at 310 pounds he’s a massive brawler that has great feet to go with the size. Could be a devastating pulling guard and projects just as good as a defensive tackle. Offers include Pittsburgh, Penn State, West Virginia, Auburn, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Virginia, and Maryland. Penn State may be the favorite since he has a lot of ties to the school, but Pitt has a shot.

    Penn State

    1. Kenny Robinson, University Prep HS (Pittsburgh) LB- Every year a WPIAL player stands out to me as being under appreciated. For this class, it’s this 6’3″ 205 pound athlete that has speed, athleticism, and toughness. He could also be an excellent college wide receiver. Early offers include Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Temple, Louisville, and Iowa State. He is very close with Pitt, and all of the local players, and I would be surprised if he didn’t end up at Pitt.
  6. Josh Lugg, North Allegheny HS (Wexford) OT- Already great size at 6’6″ and 290 pounds, and he has the frame to get bigger. Great feet, tenacious, and strong. He has a a lot of potential physically, but right now he is very green. He’s very much worth trying to flip because if it all comes together for him, he could be special. Committed to NOTRE DAME over offers from Pittsburgh, Penn State, West Virginia, UCLA, Virginia Tech, Michigan State, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. I’m assuming that he won’t flip, but if he does, Pitt would probably be the school he would flip to.

  7. Notre Dame

    1. Mark Webb, Archbishop Wood HS (Warminster) WR- In most other years he’d be flirting with being a top 5 prospect in the state. Already good size at 6’2″ and 195 pounds, and with that size he has the speed, athleticism, and hands to be one of the better wide receivers prospects in the east. Early offers so far include Pittsburgh, Penn State, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, and Rutgers. I’m think that Penn State is the team to beat.

    Georgia

    1. Kurt Hinish, Central Catholic HS (Pittsburgh) DT- Already a rock solid 6’3″ and 285 pounds. He’s been on a tear lately picking up offers on an almost daily basis. Right now his list includes Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Baylor, Iowa State, Boston College, Rutgers, Syracuse, and Vanderbilt. I think Pitt may have a good chance with this one.

    Notre Dame

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  8. If there is no change, I can see Ollison transferring at the end of the year. I agree with all others on this issue. Personally I would not have burnt Moss’s redshirt with the wealth at running back. Unless Conner gets hurt this year, he is going to the NFL next year.

    Everybody is down on Peterman but I feel the problem in the passing game is mostly due to our inept wide receivers. Their route running leaves a lot to be desired. During the OSU game several times they simply were not where they were supposed to be causing Peterman to look bad. I also think Canada has very little confidence in our wide receivers as well. Hopefully Challlingsworth is getting back to playing shape and will see more time at wide receiver.

    Pitt is still a work in progress and Pitt fans are a fickle bunch. If we win next week and put together a run of several wins in a row, everyone will be again aghast when we get blown out by Clemson.

    With regard to recruiting, sometime kids get caught up in all the glitz and hype of a school. Notre Dame is just that type of school. Until Pitt wins at least an ACC division title, it will have a tough time competing against such schools. Notre Dame is in a downward spiral. There is a good chance they will lose to Stanford and Miami and end up at 8-4. Unfortunately both of those games are at ND.

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  9. Coach Narduzzi is still adjusting and learning. I don’t believe he will have his team get caught with the wrong cleats ever again. Not so fixable is his insistence on playing his smurf corners in Man defense vs tall athletic receivers. If he would have just played a single high safety, Pitt might have won on Saturday. As it is, this defense has no chance vs NC.

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  10. I am slightly mystified at the Domers doing this well in our backyard. Jeters loss is major because Duzzers spent a great deal of time with the kid, then one trip to south Bend and he commits??!? WTF is up with that? Still question His talent, but like I said, if Narduzzi spent that much time and lost out when ND came in late, well that is strange!

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  11. I agree with Dokish regarding Jeter. It’s not like Pitt didn’t try. They were over the top with him and treated him as a priority for 2 years. How many times did Jeter say Coach was the man? I guess the mystique of the school or something swayed him on his visit. You can’t win them all – the best don’t win them all. Cause if they did, everyone would go to Alabama.

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  12. Teams now have had a couple of games to watch our jet sweep ” option” for lack of a better term… Either a handoff to the tailback or a handoff on the jet sweep. The Tar Heels have a very good defense of coach… We will need better all around play … I think we grow and improve… One positive is these boys didn’t quit and actually won the 2nd half 14-7 .. Something to build on.. Good to see my Homey Tre Tipton contribute.. Jester needs more opportunities.
    Heading into conference play this weekend. I think we will be ok going forward and will be there to support our boys.
    As far as Jeter goes – good luck. We will get our share as we win.. Played a couple of times against my home High school.. wasn’t a dominating force from what I’ve heard

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  13. I agree with JJ above. We were in this game especially after the half when, thanks to adjustments, Pitt was in control until the rain delay. Yes, our DB’s were getting torched early (and on the last OSU drive), but just prior to that series we had the ball with under 3 min to go in the game, near midfield with the score tied. Sustain that drive and we win either 41-38 or 45-38.

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  14. I have been saying for some time that Narduzzi is getting crushed in recruiting, specifically in the WPIAL.

    Those that were saying the WPIAL doesn’t matter are mistaken, it certainly matters to ND.

    Obviously an older piece by Dokish.

    Not mentioned as a WPIAL guy is Robert Hainsey of Gateway since he went to the IMG Academy, another ND recruit.

    Of course the biggest get of all is Jurkovec.

    You never know which ones will be Whiteheads and which will be Morellis or Fosters, but the fact is ND is getting the vast Lion’s share of the elite local guys.

    They are also a parasite on the ACC, and haven’t won a championship since old mush mouth was there.

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  15. So many points being scored these days in a ton of games … even teams with solid bluechippers … It’s easy to find fault but how do you consistently stop a scoring Barrage..

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  16. Kelly is playing a much easier schedule these days giving them a shot at the playoffs each year.

    Hopefully a few more ACC teams will rise to the level of Clemson, FSU and now Louisville to knock ND out every year.

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  17. Coach Narduzzi in not the most interesting man in the world but he still is interesting. He seems a little Jackie Sherrillish. He likes to keep things under wraps more then most coaches. I know PITT was not held back in the OSU game in anyway but it is still possible he has some tricks up his sleeve for UNC? Starting right after the game Saturday I’ve began to have this overwhelming sense that PITT will be OK this coming game. Let’s not forget that a lot of the catches for OSU were dam great plays. Once again we have to watch how these plays unfold. It’s not always about what happened but how it did. OSU had a 100 yard rusher who had a 67 yd run on one play where there was an obvious hold. This was not nearly the beat down as some of you are suggesting. Get ready for a great game in Chapel Hill fellows…….

    H2P……………..ike

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  18. I, for one, am not too disappointed by the loss to OSU. I thought back in the spring that we’d get beaten 40-7, or something like that. To me, the good sign is that we didn’t let the quick score demoralize us, and we stayed in the game to the end. Also, against teams from the big 10 (12/15 whatever) and the Big 12 (10/15 whatever) we scored 80 points. After next week, we should be 3-1 (no guarantee, of course). When the schedule first came out, I think every Pitt fan would’ve taken that.

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  19. Many of the comments above is why I am so bothered by the Jeter decision (even more than the Pitt loss)

    he’s local whose brother is at Pitt, and he’s been attending both FB and BB games for a few years now
    he supposedly had a great relationship with HCPN
    he didn’t even have ND on his board until a few weeks ago, and one small visit and that’s all it took

    If we couldn’t get him, who can we get? (and I don’t even think he plays a position of great need — it’s just the idea of it) I may need to be talked down from a ledge (with maybe HCPN standing right besides me)

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  20. C’mon guys we know it’s only about ND. Kids grow wanting to go to a particular school. Let’s not forget Shelton Jeter left his home town for Vanderbilt of all places. These kids could possibly be encouraged to leave the city life. We don’t know but don’t get all depressed over these things. Foster was a big loss too,,or was he?

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  21. ike, Robert Foster did win the starting WR job as a redshirt soph … that was last year when Bama won it all. That means something … I’m sure Pitt could have used him.

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  22. Oh I’m sure that PITT could use right now. Just saying and not trying to be ignorant to the young kids but sometimes things aren’t always what they seem. Not to mention when a young man makes a decision when he is 18 will it be the right decision in the end?

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  23. Jeter basically said a few months ago he wasn’t going to Pitt ” I’m not playing for some smalltime program”. Once he got offers from OSU & ND it was over.

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  24. Reed, 100% with you on the Ollison observation. I would like to see him get a bigger workload, but this is modern day college sports. Placate “our” recruits and the “other guy’s” recruits are judged with complete bias. I doubt Ollison will be in a Pitt uniform next year because it will be Darrin Hall’s time. If they are viewed as comparable in the eyes of the coaches, then Hall is elevated ahead of Ollison.

    I was a big Chris James advocate and really thought he got the short end of the stick by this coaching staff. Obviously, nobody knows what happens in practice, but this 2016 utilization of Ollison serves to provide confirmation bias after the James situation. I was on UPitt’s couch a year ago (after Conner went down) when I said James has no chance at Pitt with Hall getting every opportunity to win the backup role. As expected, James left for an opportunity to play, and you can’t blame him. I am really interested to see what Chris James does at Wiscy next year. The question is, will Ollison join him? I would love to hear Ibrahim’s perspective on this issue.

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  25. Marshall game on Oct 1 to start at 7:30

    Hall is a Youngstowner, and Hall is from Cleveland … an Ohio preference? I hardly doubt it. But Hall came in Narduzzi’s 1st class, and Moss in his 2nd …. this preference is more feasible.

    Still, I can’t believe Ollison is not playing if the coaches believe he is better

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  26. Well it didn’t take long for a complete 180 from the sentiment on this board. Not sure I get the extreme negative reactions. Oklahoma State is a pretty good team and is a horrible call from being top 15-20. Pitt lost to them on the road and had a chance at the end. They definitely exposed our weakness real bad but despite that the players battled and never gave up. Let’s see what the coaches do to adjust against that during a week of preparation. I thought Canada was as creative as any OC we have had in a long time for most of the game. Will concede the 4th quarter offense was a bit curious but it is difficult for me to change my opinion on him because of 3 series. Plus when it feels like you need to score every possession just to keep up some of that stuff gets magnified a little more than it should in the grand scheme of things. Look this is just not a top team yet and there will still be more growing pains but signs are there in terms of effort and intensity that the attitude is changing. Just need the personnel upgrade to match with that attitude and intensity upgrade. Let’s see what Pitt does this week before we get the mob together and the pitchforks out, I’m not ready to fire coordinators left and right. Still plenty of season to go.

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  27. I’m with JJ too regarding game control. OSU scored a TD with roughly 9 minutes left in the 3rd quarter and I believe did not score again until the deciding touchdown. I feel like the Pitt D had actually instilled some level of concern in the OSU QB’s play and on the part of the fans prior to the lightening delay. It also seemed like the Pitt O might also still be confusing the OSU D. Note the failure of many plays after the break that succeeded before the break.

    I agree that Peterman was not sharp again. However using the Weah play, assuming I am remembering the cited play accurately, isn’t the best example. I didn’t see Weah exactly sell out for that ball. That was a ball that Ford for example would have made a credible attempt to catch.

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  28. Sorry about Jeter. Wish him well. We need to win ACC Coastal and that will impress recruits. Game most likely in Orlando. Signing day 4 months off. Kids change their minds everyday.

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  29. Dallas Mike is a patient of mine. Upitt’s couch is therapy session. I see many clients who battle SOP Disease. We are working through our issues together.

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  30. That is funny UPitt, seriously, but I can see this lack of unaccountability concerning the author’s and screen names of these posts rolling into some problems with posters not as credible as I am. 🙂

    Then again I could have some fun with stuff..

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  31. Upitt, can I join as a patient? I was screaming the whole time that Peterman wasn’t looking for the slot receiver running a post minus the one overthrow. Pitt faithful were strong and well in OKS. #H2P

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  32. re Ollison.. possibly missing assignments or not practicing well..I don’t think for one second is a “Duzz recruit” thang…
    Need to get ND out of the ACC so we can play those bastards every year.

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  33. Therapy has been at Mike’s and Ted’s as well. Yes Drinking is accepted. Only good stuff. Good Group of Pitt guys here in DFW. Ted was at the game sending snapchats.

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  34. Pitt is not getting better on D this year. Maybe we will see the redshirt freshman DBs get a shot. Dane Jackson, etc.

    This is a new offense for the team, it takes time and this past week was the first game they tried the passing game..which is the coaches fault.

    Remember last year after UNC game, it was obvious Pitt had less speed, that didn’t change in a year.

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