Well, what can we say that hadn’t already been said about this last game? The POV Podcast article made my thoughts pretty clearly known – but I do want to emphasis one thing. I do not think Pat Narduzzi has lost the kids, lost the season nor should he be fired as I have read elsewhere from upset fans.
I have always known that Pitt fans knee-jerk week to week if a game is a win or a loss, but even I’m surprised at the level of disappointment and even hatred directed at him by Pitt fans on the internet.
Granted most Pitt fans don’t feel this way but a whole lot do and while I am as level-headed when it comes to Pitt football as I can be, at least as I try to be, it is a bit shocking that to me that after only four games some fans are throwing in the towel on the season.
Not me. Now is the interesting part IMO. This is going to be Narduzzi’s defining season as far as I’m concerned. I don’t really buy into the “It takes time for his own recruits …” stuff when discussing new HCs because some new HCs do well after a year or two and some don’t.
Right now he’s playing, and winning, with Paul Chryst’s recruits and the bulk are from a #35 and #45 ranked recruiting classes Chryst had… which is about as good as it gets for Pitt football. So we’ll see just how good a coach he is this season.
Now here I have to be honest because I think, as far as actual football coaching and Xs & Os go he is not very good. We see that with poor HC decisions made during games on a regular basis.
Case in point was last week’s loss when he took a penalty and gave NC an extra play when they were marching down the field and in his using all our 2nd half Time Outs too soon and not having them when needed to stop the clock on Marshall’s last drive – thus depriving ourselves of an extra minute or so after we received the NC kickoff to try to regain the lead with at least a FG..
But he was pretty poor in this area last season also and still; 1) he won 8 games and 2) almost won the Coastal division. So he can still make a run at a good season – although I think we can almost forget about a division championship at this point, chances slin to none I think…. this is not a championship team in any sense of the word.
OK then – since we lost this last week we star off with the three negatives then follow-up with the three positives.
֍ Passing Defense of course. Gee, I wonder if anyone can come up with something else – if so I’d like to hear it. Here what we have done with our pass defense – which any right thinking Pitt fan knows was the cause of our loss against NC. you don’t give up 435 yards and 5 TDs and not point a finger directly there.
Matter of fact here is just how much the other teams have benefited from playing against our defense.
|Team||Rank / Pass Eff Before Pitt Game||Rank . Pass Eff after Pitt Game||Rank / Pass Yards before Pitt Game||Rank / Pass Yards after Pitt Game|
|PSU||76th – 129.54||58th – 141.43||73rd – 209 ypg||39th – 270 ypg|
|OSU||56th – 142.97||37th – 152.72||40th – 270 ypg||9th – 360 ypg|
|UNC||17th – 165.99||9th – 175.16||24th – 294 ypg||13th – 334 ypg|
|Marshall||32nd – 153.25||39th – 272.7||(12 TDs vs 4 INTs|
Hell – I wouldn’t be surprised if teams not on our schedule are trying to bribe our ACC opponents to swap places with them just to pump up their passing numbers.
֍ Nate Peterman’s play – again. His trend downward has to stop if we are to win any games against decent opposition – and I don’t see any cupcakes left on the schedule, Marshall included. Here is what he did Saturday and on the face of it the numbers don’t seem too bad – what you can’t see are the blown 3rd down passes which would have used up the clock and taken us, possibly, into FG range. From the P-G:
Quarterback Nate Peterman and the offense converted 10 of 13 on third down through three quarters, but went 0 for 4 in the fourth quarter. They flamed out on their final two possessions, holding the ball for less than two minutes each time while failing to gain a first down.
“We’ve got to be better. Offensively our goal was to have the ball in our hands at the end of the game and bring it into Coach Narduzzi in the locker room,” Peterman said. “That’s obviously something we didn’t do
֍ Pat Narduzzi and his coordinators game day coaching. Not sure what to say about this but it appears that he didn’t go to Head Coaching Clinics over the off-season. Nor did he hire a consultant to tutor him on what actually needs to be done by the HC during a game. The two main things a HC is responsible for are calling timeouts (F-) and deciding whether or not to go for 4th downs and FGs (C+)
He just never seems to have a handle on the big picture then stumbles and bumbles his way through post-game press conferences. As much energy and excitement he may bring to Pitt I don’t think he brought a strong ability to make the quick and tough in-game choices.
֍ Our Offensive Line play. Our running game was effective again this game to the tune of 55 carries for 281 yards, 5.1 ypc and 4 TDs. Anther good day at the office for those guys. And they gave Peterman time to pass the ball – he just couldn’t do it accurately.
֍ Our Defensive Line play. Not only did we hold NC to a minuscule amount to net yards on the ground – 18 yards on 22 carries foe a sub yard .8 ypc., but we did so while harassing the NC QB – especially in the 4th Quarter. Just as our lack of a Pitt passing game isn’t on the Pitt OL – the success of the NC passing game can’t be laid on the shoulders of the Pitt DL.
֍ Quadree Henderson’s ability across-the-board. This is getting to be a weekly occurrence and thank God for it because we have needed practically every yard Henderson has given us.
He led our rushers with 109 yards on nine carries for a 9.6 ypc which is exceptional. He gave us a long 46 yard kick off return that gave us that last glimmer of hope that we could pull the win out of a hat when he took the lateral from Ibrahim – who actually received the KO then sprinted until time ran out and he was tackled.
Henderson is the main producer for us given the rather low number of touches he had with the ball from the LOS:
Will have the regular articles up during the week – update on the Game Thread is that we almost made 1,000 comments. Thanks guys for all the great and thought-provoking discussions we have on here.