I’ll start off with the bad stuff and try to lighten it up toward then end of the article. First off here is the Press Conference immediately after the game. Honestly, it saddens me from start to finish. Here is some of what I wrote in yesterday’s comments section:
Here listen to Narduzzi’s post-game press conference. Not his most sterling moment…
After expressing his love for the team he starts off listing the plays that weren’t executed correctly and points his fingers at the players, again – this is his MO after a loss folks.
Jerry DiPaola actually does start off the questions part with a direct question “This is three weeks now, what are you going to do about the pass defense?” Narduzzi says – literally – “You can’t do anything about it” then quickly whips out the “We only gave up 18 yards rushing” and moves on…
The only time he mentions the coaching at all is when he says he “thought his coaching staff put the players (DBs) in a great position to succeed out there”.
Yes fellow Pitt fans, he actually said that when discussing giving up all those passes in the 4th quarter. Then he cuts off the presser after 4:04.
It’s a bit like saying “Hey, at least I quit beating my wife last year”
This guy just can’t bring himself to be honest with the media about his losses – he even goes so far as to say that ‘we did better this week’ than against OSU because we ‘didn’t give up the long passing plays’. He’s deflected blame for two weeks now and I wonder just what he thinks his responsibilities as a HC is. He truly believes that it is only during the time the players are either behind closed doors or during a game and sees the media as an enemy.
You can bet Barnes and Gallagher are freaking out with that approach because Barnes was brought in specifically to fund raise and grow the donor base and you can bet donors look at these actions and aren’t too optimistic or eager to send in $$ or any other support for that kind of attitude.
Here are some facts about the game:
Here is where we stand nationally and our statistics in major categories. Have a handkerchief handy when looking at the defensive stats.
One last note in the text here and I’ll mention it in my podcast. Isn’t it time Pitt fans quit looking down their nose and denigrating what Paul Chryst did at Pitt. His tenure didn’t give us the number of wins we wanted but when it came to ‘big games’ he showed up – which is more than we can say about Pat Narduzzi so far.
If We look at Narduzzi and feel good about the future prospects that’s one thing – I’m not sold on that issue at the present but looking at what transpired over both HC’s first 17 games there is really no comparison save one more win for Narduzzi.
But that ‘one more win’ was the PSU game this season and that was a great thing – maybe not the toughest opponent football-wise but Narduzzi delivered on a game that every Pitt fan wanted us so badly to win and we did – Kudos for that for sure.
I want to post this chart again to show that we, in essence, have the same personnel this season as we did last season in our defensive backfield. I turned this problem over in my mind all last evening and really can’t figure why our play has dropped so horribly.
|Year||Passing YardsAllowed||Passing EfficiencyDefense||Main Starters at CB & Safety|
|2014||24th – 198.9||43rd – 121.59||Vinopal, Pitts, Briggs and Maddox|
|2015||54th – 214.7||66th – 126.97||Pitts, Maddox, Whitehead, Webb|
|2016||124th – 330.3||91st – 136.30||Lewis, Maddox, Whitehead, Webb|
FYI: Here are Chad voytik’s stats this season at Arkansas State – he was benched in favor of a SO QB who has done pretty well…
Onto Marshall back at Heinz Field and, hopefully, to get back on top in the win column – the game’s at home and the kids need their fans and supporters out there cheering them on. It will be played at 7:30 so you’ll have time to visit and tailgate before hand – I’ll drive up and be in the press box.
Note: Received the prediction prizes the other day – I’ll take some time and figure out the winner for each game – unless a reader beats me to it (hint, hint).