Sunday Podcast: NC loss

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:

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Here is where we stand nationally and our statistics in major categories.  Have a handkerchief handy when looking at the defensive stats.

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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.

pc-vs-pnIf 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…

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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).

129 thoughts on “Sunday Podcast: NC loss

  1. I always thought that they would move Whitehead to corner this year and have Hamlin at the other corner and Maddox at Nickel. Have Brightwell play strong safety and Mitchell at free safety.

    Obviously Hamlin is out, but think Whitehead would be a much more physical corner. Brightwell could get on the field as safety, with a move to linebacker next year.

    I guess the question is whether Whitehead would get torched as badly as either of our corners?

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  2. As CEO of the team, I would think he should credit the players ( and assistant coaches) on wins and take personal responsibility for the losses.
    That be the mark of a leader, Pat.
    There also appears to be a lack of introspection and analysis; what could we have done DIFFERENTLY as coaches to change the outcome?
    Unless that changes, he will not succeed as a head coach.

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  3. Prayers for your Family Reed!

    Marshall played a backup true freshman as stud QB had a previous concussion.

    They sacked Lamar a few times. No offense with that QB was the difference.

    Foster didn’t dress for Bama. Not sure if injured or what.

    Everyone in ACC will be getting better or already are and we continue to regress.

    I agree these losses are on Narduzzi. Insanity is doing the same thing daily. I’d start all backups at DB positions. Whitehead included. He has been C- this season.

    Ollison gets shaft. Connor is 1/2 of his former self and that is okay and expected. Not hammering him just the truth. He hopefully gets there with a full off season.

    French is slower than molasses.

    Do we have TE’s on Roster?

    We are more conservative than Ted Cruz at a Monostary.

    Marshall has some athletes.

    Baylor kicked OK St ass and shut down the studs who ate our lunch.

    Steelers win and cover.

    Jags win and are getting a 1/2.

    Love the Saints home Monday night.

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  4. The sad thing is that we had this game won and gave it away thanks to no offense again in the fourth quarter. Three games in a row. That is on the coaches, accept the responsibility and do something about it.

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  5. Team loss.. Peterman missed several EASY opportunities to extend drives. The offensive line said they want the ball late with a chance to grind out the clock and finish games- 0-3 this year when given the chance. The most obvious.. our DB’s simply aren’t good enough. Webb had some bad reads, one specifically for a touchdown. Our corners can’t play man.
    And most importantly, our coaches aren’t adjusting to our personnel. We put 9 guys in the box and play press coverage with guys that can’t do the job. Then, we take pride in stopping the run. You SHOULD be able to stop the run with your safeties in the box. The problem? No one HAS to run. We can’t defend the pass.

    This is going to be a 6 or 7 win team, at best, if we give up 350+ passing yards every game.

    Same old Pitt. Very disappointing.

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  6. It is interesting how we all watch the same game and can see things so differently. Many have called for Canada and Peterman’s heads. We may never know who is truly responsible for the conservative playcalling on the offense in the 4th qtr, but I suspect it is Narduzzi (for the 3rd consecutive game) so I place his responsibility above theirs. I like Canda’s playcalling much better than Chaney’s, at least for the first 3 quarters.

    As much as it seems inconceivable that Narduzzi would want to put the game’s outcome in the hands of such a porous defense, it seems he can’t help himself, coming from a defensive background. Regarding defensive responsibility/accountability, again it ultimately lies with Narduzzi but assuming that he is safe for this year, I would hope that Conklin and Hill may be held responsible if this defensive cluster shows no improvements over the next 8 games. (as compared to the previous administration that held no one accountable).

    Finally, I would hope that by this time a pecking order for running backs is coming together. Should be using Conner, Moss, and Ollison with Hill as the odd man out unless there is an injury. Okay, I feel better getting that off my chest!

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  7. So upset was I post game that I was afraid to drink scotch! Aside from my new job as a sales manager for Fortune 500 company, I am blessed to be musician. I compose choral music, play piano and am a past director of 2 choirs.

    On my way to church this morning I heard a Requiem and it gave me my outlet for my angst.

    I am going to compose a Requiem for the Pitt Football Fan.” Eadem Pitt! “(Same old Pitt)

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  8. Wanny was stubborn at Pitt, Narduzzi is stubborn and it’s borderline stupidity.

    I really thought he got it, he is destined for failure unless he really changes his system to fit the talent he has on hand now.

    When we go into the 4th quarter keep the offense going and go for the kill not go into predictable mode.

    On defense do they ever play nickle coverage?

    Why didn’t they put a db on Switzer in the slot and disrupt his route at the line of scrimmage?

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  9. Incredible how Carolina’s D is on the field the entire game and our O-line can’t assert itself and get one stinking first down. So disappointing but the program has sucked since 1982 and has mastered losing these types of games. That’s what bad programs do and some of the defenses that were called at the end were suspect indeed. The walk-on who earned a scholarship is covering Switzer on a fourth down? WTF?

    No having Hill, Hamlin and Hendrix hurts. Those are Narduzzi’s guys and he has none at his disposal and is forced to stick with Moose’s awful recruits. Seriously, Chryst couldn’t leave behind one quarterback who could throw the ball downfield? Thanks, Paul!

    Haver to win these next two at home then go on the road and defeat Virginia. Getting to 5-2 would be pretty nice.

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  10. There are 2 main differences between the secondary last year & this. 1. Pitts is obviously much better than Lewis. 2. Webb missed most of the year to injury & was replaced by Mitchell. It may be time to start Mitchell.

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  11. How many ways is Wannduzzi like Dave Wannstedt? Let me count the ways….

    1) He’s maybe even more conservative on offense with any lead in the 2nd half.
    2) He never learns from his mistakes.
    3) He never criticizes himself or his staff after a loss…only his players.
    4) He can’t win a big game in his conference.

    Hopefully he can recruit like him…he’s going to need it…..

    At least Wanny the First would game plan some and adjust his defense to the team he’s playing. Remember 13-9?

    I’m not even going to bother to listen to his tripe from the press conference….

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  12. Reed

    Total bullshit opinion on your part! What F..ing interview did you watch? Were you trashed?

    Narduzzi pointed no fingers, he praised the kids. You obviously are holding a grudge over your lack of media access. Never saw you make up shit like you have recently. Obviously, you love PC because he was a Teddy bear with the media.

    The D was improved, the offense cost them the game. I love the jet option they run. Teams are struggling to defend it.

    They have to get the ball down the field. Where is the long pass plays?

    Not – do you even remember what Chryst was like in his pressers and his interviews? he wanted nothing at all to do with the press and media.

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  13. Repost from last In Game:
    I have been a Pitt fan since 5, 56 years ago. I will be there next week with She who Must Be Obeyed(wife) wants to see Marshall which seems to be in common with other fans. Criticizing is not lack of support so here are some things I think I think 1) James Connor is not yet recovered from the grueling ordeal he went through and I dont expect he willl until next year – where is QO? Why isnt he playing – be honest Nard 2) Jordan Whitehead who has out of this world talent has all but disappeared, Last year teams did not pass at will against us and he was noticeable in run support. The question is he not reading correct or has our DC not put him in position to succeed 3) our secondary sucks and this is PN and JC supposed expertise, I a sick of excuses of not executing. While it hurt to lose Hamlin and Hall where are Thieren and the DB from FLA – they cannnot be worse 4) While NP was not great they have rarely thrown the 20 pass to attempt to get a first down or open up the defense 5) Somewhat related is shown in the post game presser posted by Reed where Nard says they practice a “4 minute” set, If the head coach tells OhCanada to keep it on the ground as defense coaches are prone to – dont risk a turnover, Thsi is why those short swing passes are thrown on third down – they are low risk but low return. The opposing defense doesnt have to worry about us beating them with the 15 yard pass like UNC did. This rests on the Head Coach.

    FINALLY, MY PRAYERS FOR YOUR SON REED AND YOUR FAMILY

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  14. Name one DC that has had success as a head coach? Most are failures and head back to their DC spots. I believe we should have hired a guy with head coaching experience. This learning on the job is bullcrap, especially for bull headed DCs.

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  15. Jackie Sherill was defensive coordinator but that was very different. In general it is hard to think of DCs who have had great success but I am sure someone will come up with someone.
    Dan72 if you capture all the emotions of being a Pitt fan in music you will be the next Mozart. and have written one of the most depressing pieces of music ever. 🙂

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  16. upittbaseball – you were saying the same things about moose – and he turned out pretty good in AN ENVIRONMENT WHICH IS CONDUCIVE TO HIS STYLE.

    Ditto for Wannduzzi. He’ll hang around as Pitt admin will be fine w/ 6-6 ad nauseam until MSU comes calling then he will move on back to his sandbox and success. Mark my word.

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  17. Do we need to help getting pressure on the QB? Is that one of Narduzzi’s keys to making the DBs assignments easier? I saw that UNC was smart enough to double team Price often. I know Connor is our leading receiver and the team’s emotional leader, but maybe we really need Connor at defensive end.

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  18. Not rocket I mean Mrs. Nardozzi are you serious? To say anything positive about this defense is ludicrous. We held them to 30 yards rushing ludicrous wouldn’t give up long pass plays ludicrous

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  19. @rkb

    Jackie approached his position as more of a CEO, and he had some great assistant coaches that he recognized their coaching abilities and gave them autonomy.

    JS was a great recruiter that aspect was overlooked by our administration and when he left we went from elite to an also ran pretty quickly.

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  20. Not Rocket – that’s twice you said the same thing and twice you are wrong. Here is what I commented back to you the first time a few articles back.

    “NotRocket – you can think or believe whatever you want but I’ll venture to say I have a lot more conversations about Pitt football with people who know a lot more than both you or I do and that is what helps me form my thoughts.

    Again – if you don’t believe the college HCs don’t play favorites – and those are a lot of time kids they want to be starters later on in their careers at the school they are currently coaching at then you are very naive.

    Oh – plus you must have never read anything I wrote about DW either and I had full media access to open practices and to the players back then – closed practices don’t impact what I say or think about Narduzzi and the job he’s doing – I just don’t agree with them that’s all.

    BTW – the reason I don’t agree isn’t for my sake – I live 4.5 hours away and wouldn’t go to all that many anyway. I think it benefits the Pitt program as we need to get every bit of football info out to prospective donors. We cry poor mouth then make it impossible for people to want to donate to the athletic dept.

    Again, closed practices don’t benefit Pitt at all in the long run and the athletic department would much rather they be opened to the media and families, HS coaches, friends (donors) etc…

    As to the presser – I have been on the phone all day with friends who went to Pitt and have season tickets and surprise! The saw the same things I did at that truncated press briefing (not even a conference really).

    I think you feel that a coach has to come out and actually say something for it to be true – Narduzzi is the master of inference.

    When you say those things – specifically “You can’t do anything about it” and more to the point he “thought his coaching staff put the players (DBs) in a great position to succeed out there”. That is exactly what he’s saying – he’s inferring that the staff had done all it can – did everything perfectly and that means the onus was on the players to execute and that didn’t happen.

    “Couldn’t have been the staff or even me… no Siree Bob, not us!”

    Again – you see one thing, I see another – but enough already about the closed practices – I think it is a bad thing for Pitt in general and no so much for me – as I said I’d have only driven up once or twice anyway. I went to Media Day, talked with the staff and players and reported that – that’s what we’ll get and I can live with that – when I criticize Narduzzi (BTW – obviously I’m not the only Pitt fan doing so) it is because I feel he dropped the ball…period.

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  21. Just listened to the Narduzzi presser.

    We only did better this week on defense because UNC had the ball approx. 3-4 minutes less than Okie State.
    Had they had the ball those few minutes more, they would have put up total offense-passing numbers similar to…….if not exceeding OSU.

    I’ll give him a pass on this presser, only because like most of us, the Dog had to be in near state of total dis-belief. And like most of us, had to be in somewhat in a condition, again like most of us after the game, that encompassed a whole range of feelings and thoughts.

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  22. When the hell did Manny Stocker play? Must have been on Special Teams…

    PITT: 2F-Ffrench, M., 6M-Mathews, A., 8S-Stocker, M., 12-Blewitt, C., 15-Mitchell, R., 18-Winslow, R., 20-Briggs, D., 21-Henderson, M., 22-Hall, D., 26-Moss, C., 29-Ibrahim, R., 31-Parrish, J., 32-Motley, P., 35-Aston, G., 37-Ollison, Q., 40-Folston Jr, J., 43-Stocker, J., 48-McAlone, K., 58-Wirginis, Q., 60-Reese, A., 61-Quirin, P., 72-Baker, C., 76-Dintino, C., 80-Challingsworth, 82-Araujo-Lopes, R, 84-Poker, Z., 93-Roy, S., 96-Edwards, A..

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  23. I get it from Pat Narduzzi —- Pitt held them to under 30 yards rushing, and made them totally one dimensional. If you sell out to stop the run, AND if you have the horses to cover back there (p.s. Terrish Webb and Reggie Mitchell are Pitt’s Free Safeties —- so deep balls are going to be wide open because they are both 2 star, zero offer, Chryst recruits) — then this defensive philosophy is great.

    Beyond Jordan Whitehead here (who’s doing great at his strong-safety, almost hybrid linebacker role, and he’s totally blanketing his-man in one-on-one coverage — Jordan Whitehead is NOT playing Free Safety) —– Ryan Lewis, Reggie Mitchell, Terrish Webb are all 2 star Paul Chryst players. They are all FCS level physical talents. AVonte Maddox was a Low 3 star recruit where Pitt was his only Power 5 offer.

    When Narduzzi gets his guys in there, the defense will be fine. Maybe Josh Conklin isn’t good enough, and Narduzzi will have to make a decision on him as well.

    —- @ Reed, btw: I know it’s gonna pi$$ people off to say, but : 2 million a year for a Power 5 head coach (Narduzzi) is a bargain. This is Indiana, South Florida, Oregon State, Washington State, University of Minnesota (etc.) level head coach salary. Lol: Urban Meyer and Nick Saban make like 6 mil+ — it’s relative here and you have to consider the context of the industry. Maybe others disagree with the “whole system”, but in-context Pat Narduzzi is pretty-much “on the cheap” for Pitt right now.

    Kirk Ferentz at Iowa gets like 4 million a year lol — Narduzzi right now is a dang bargain. I’m not saying I agree with the “System”!!! But you don’t think Pat Narduzzi gets irked that James Franklin has been getting 5 million buckaroos a year from Penn State???

    If Pat Narduzzi ends up getting brought-back to Michigan State (Dantonio retires — that is a very, very real possibility) , then Michigan State will bring him back for 3-4 million a year off-the-bat. It will be the Prodigal Son returning and East Lansing will build a statue already of Pat Narduzzi on campus. They already lament how their Spartans just lost so much Swag and IT Factor, and it’s just not the same since Pat Narduzzi left!!! They’ll pay Narduzzi twice the 2 million a year he gets here—at the minimum 3 million a year. It’s just how that system works.

    And if you think Paul Chryst is doing well up in Wisconsin, just wait until Pat Narduzzi brings in top 20 recruiting classes to East Lansing. That would be a nightmare.

    I personally think Pat Narduzzi can take Pitt to all that good stuff. Playoffs, National Elite…yeah, why not? I think I easier than others can keep it in perspective that this year’s team is 95% Paul Chryst, especially the woefully slow and untalented linebacking core and defensive backfield — harsh, but I think quite accurate.

    No point for me to continue harping on what I want to see happen to Spark-Up this season anymore, lol.
    — I personally think Pat Narduzzi needs to start squeezing some Magic outta Manny Stocker on designed runs, and I think Narduzzi needs to BLOW TORCH Thomas MacVittie’s redshirt and let him go make some magic happen.

    If you just don’t think Pat Narduzzi is “The Guy” to Ascend Pitt, then you’re feelings aren’t gonna change. But I think Pitt fans will be happy with a their patience once the starting secondary becomes Manned by a filled-out Damar Hamlin, and all of these 6 foot-plus, long, athletic young Defensive backs Narduzzi keeps recruiting. It’s gonna be something….In Time though, unfortunately. I believe that whole-heartedly.

    Ryan Lewis is a starting corner, and Terrish Webb is the starting free safety — it just is-what-it-is right now, and it Su*ks , we know, but Darrelle Revis doesn’t have any more eligibility, and Ed Reed ain’t gonna come enroll at Pitt to show Pitt fans what a real Free Safety is. It’s all dependent on the Youngin’s stepping up into the massive-voids in the defensive backfield.

    I personally really think Pat Narduzzi will get this Pitt-Show Rollin’ and Rollickin’, and I don’t want to see him get poached by Michigan State, the NFL or anyone!!! I want Pat Narduzzi to succeed and build here at Pitt!

    #HailToPitt ……ouch, that one last night HURT THOUGH hahaha

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  24. Oh ok Reed…haven’t listened to it as of yet. I will check it out. Still trying to get thru the litany of comments.

    We are all very experienced with the many many day after Pitt postmortems. We gotta have the most psychologically abused fan bases in all of sports.

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  25. I WOULD ALSO LIKE to see Jordan Whitehead play cornerback. I see him in man-on-man, and he’s so fast, he just out-classes all the guys he covers. Heck, Jordan Whitehead is out there sticking-on these 6’4” tight ends so well he takes them out of the play!

    Jordan Whitehead right now being used as a Hybrid Linebacker+Safety role, which would be great if Pitt’s defensive was stocked with talent and they could afford to use him like that. But Pitt Needs Cover Guys Desperately right now, and it would also do nothing but help Jordan Whitehead’s draft-stock, and improve his skill-set to let him work the rest of the year at cornerback — so it’s a total positive for Whitehead as well, if he would be willing to do this for his team.

    Jordan Whitehead playing Cornerback this year would totally-transform (in a great-way lol) this Pitt defense this year. Jordan Whitehead frankly at the moment, is being Underutilized (i.e., WASTED! haha) in his current weird pure Run-Support Safety role.

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  26. The main difference in the pass defense this year so far, are the opponents we’re playing.

    First 4 games 2015
    1) Youngstown State
    2) Akron (played with qb’s who never started another game #97 passing offense)
    3) Iowa (good team but #89 Passing offense)
    4) Va Tech (middling to bad QB, #64 passing offense)

    First 4 games 2016
    1) Villanova (wash with YSU)
    2) Pedo State (100 times better than Akron)
    3) Oklahoma State (#11 passing offense)
    4) North Carolina ( #13 passing offense)

    So I believe to this point in the season it’s pretty obvious, the reason we are more horrendous on passing defense in 2016 compared to 2015……….. we’re playing much BETTER opponents. When we start playing teams with mediocre or bad QB’s these passing defense numbers will come down. They have to, since we’re next to last in the nation at #127.

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  27. Nick Saban is one former defensive coordinator who has had at least moderate success as a head coach.

    Pete Carroll is another former defensive coordinator who has had some success as a head coach.

    I still find it difficult to believe that folks here, and HCPN, are blaming the offense for the outcome of the game. The defense has given up an average of 440 passing yards over the last three games including 8 touchdowns.

    The offense held the ball for more than 41 minutes yesterday and 37 minutes against Oklahoma State. The offense is going to struggle in crunch time if Narduzzi/Canada are going to insist on running on first and second down late in games and then pass on third and long. They are playing into the hands of the opposing defense. It started in the PSU game and has continued through to yesterday. Insanity.

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  28. @Reed spot on your comments in the podcast today. Love the passion. Personally, this game pissed me off more any any game in awhile. Then to top it off, I watch the 4 minute press conference and I was like WTF is he talking about. We actually have a HC saying there is nothing you can do to improve the pass defense. I COULDN’T BELIEVE HE SAID IT. I’m waiting for him to ban everyone from the press conference. Him and EJ can sit there and do it. Wow, he hates the press, and he will not answer questions honestly. He gets up and storms off after 4 minutes. You said it better than me……be a man Pat. Agree with you on this Reed.

    He cannot answer the question because he doesn’t have a freaking clue right now. After taking the job, he constantly mentioned that he would take a CEO role. Well Pat, it’s time you start acting like one.

    I was walking out of the game yesterday and all the UNC fans were giddy over their win. I heard several UNC fans commenting on that last drive and how many times they converted on 4th down. Other UNC spoke up and said, were just like the Pitt defensive coaches completely suck. They were going on and on about our bad coaching.

    Take a peek at how many yards, TD’s and points we’ve given up against our last 4-5 D1 games, I’ll warn you, it’s not a pretty site.

    This years recruiting is not good right now, none of the momentum from last year carried over to this year. We need more closers on that staff.

    Yesterday was a complete shit day.

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  29. Steelers down 3-20 now. Anyone that has followed them for the last 40 years knows, we hardly ever or never win in Philadelphia. (it’s against the law or something, like Pitt in Chapel Hell)

    upitt should have asked me before you bet. lol

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  30. I think those are fair points with respect to our opponents, although part of the reason their stats look so good must be because they played us during 1 of only 4 games. If GT passes for 400+ yards against us, then you know Pitt is forever cursed.

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  31. The Blundering Herd of Marshall have three starting WR’s with the shorter of the three at 6’1″.

    The tallest is 6’7″ and the other is 6’3″.

    Maddox is 5’9″
    T.Webb and Whitehead are 5’10”
    Lewis is 6′

    Pressuring the QB will be the key to securing a W.

    And, no lead will be safe until the final gun.

    I expect a stout defensive performance and a 2 minute post-game interview session.

    HTP!

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  32. Another thing needs to be said, I like the Nard Dog in regards to his enthusiasm and antagonism towards Pedo State. However building a great defense in the Big Joke, where you found very few high powered offenses, and why Urban Meyer was brought into the conference, to upgrade their archaic offenses that were usually exposed in the Bowl season against other conferences. And now even Pedo State has gone to a somewhat of a spread offense. Previous to this the Big Joke had the most archaic offenses of the Power 5 conferences. So building a great defense in that conference, against the likes of (for example – MSU’s schedule of 2014), Purdue(3-9)(97th worst offense), Indiana(120th worst offense), Maryland(#72 worst offense), Buttgers(#68 worst offense), a down Michigan(110th worst offense), a middling Penn State and this assortment of non-con scrubs, Jacksonville State(D2), Eastern Michigan(2-10)(125th worst offense) and Wyoming(4-8)(110th worst offense)

    This was certainly exposed by Baylor against the Nard Dogs defense in the Cotton Bowl his final season.
    Baylor threw for 603 yards in that game.

    In their other two games against legit teams. #13 Ohio State scored 49 points and had 568 yards offense.
    And #3 Oregon scored 46 points and had 500 yards offense.

    Sound familiar.

    Was it all Smoke & Mirrors ? We’ll find out.

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  33. Emel – great investigative reporting. Enjoying your posts on this day after…

    We need to get some nastier attitudes on D for the rest of this season. Guys that want to hit someone, like Wirginis, Caprara, Whitehead and Brightwell. Bring a different LB on a blitz every play. And when the LB sees a double team on Price, get on the QB right away, cause you know it will be a pass play.

    I personally like HCPN – he needs to watch the 4th qtr from each of the last three games. Adjustments need to be made on both sides of the ball to begin to close out games and move on from the disaster we just witnessed.

    Play anyone who is deserving of playing time, regardless of redshirt status. We need players and we need them now…

    HTP!

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