Why Stubbornness is Bad…Mostly

It is certainly no secret to see what the main drawback is on the Pitt football team is this season – it is our pass defense which as it stands today is (still) putrid – we’ll talk about the details of that in a minute.

But it isn’t only the pass defense which is hurting us.  We have fielded a stout run defense all season on the whole in giving up only 103 yards per game which is great and lands us 6th nationally.

Yet even with that going for us we been suspect in one of the most important overall defensive areas and that is our Red Zone defense where as you can see we sit dead last in the FBS.

Team Stats – Through games 10/29/2016
Stat Rank Value
Total Defense 70 415.5
Rushing Defense 6 103.3
Passing Yards Allowed 125 312.3
Team Passing Efficiency Defense 115 145.34
Scoring Defense T-98 32.4
3rd Down Conversion Pct Defense 32 0.345
4th Down Conversion Pct Defense T-111 0.667
Red Zone Defense 128 0.968

But wait!! Stats are decieving…

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POV: Sunday Morning QB

This will be a very quick article as I’m stretched thin here.  But here goes…

Thursday night saw us lose a close heart breaker to a Coastal Division opponent Virginia Tech by the score of 39 to 36.  It went down to the end of the game with Pitt still having a chance at to at least tie it up but we fell short. 

There are some things that just absolutely jump out as far as positives and negative go. Since it was a loss we’ll start with the negatives:


* Our pass defense This is getting to play like a broken record and almost every game we play we point to our horrid pass defense as on of the negative aspects of the game just played. 

Thursday we allowed 406 yards through the air as their QB, Jerod Evans went 26/40 for 406 yards with two TDs and no INTs.  That is a QB rating of 166+ and he chewed us apart.

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POV’s Pitt vs VT Game Thread

“The time has come” the Walrus said, “to talk of many things: Of shoes and ship and sealing wax – of Pitt football and kings…”

Pitt football most of all.  Here is your official PittVirginia Tech game thread and here are the ever-enjoyable “Game Notes” for Pitt’s Media Dept.

I’ll be in the Press Box tonight so should be able to chip in with observations as we slowly beat VT into the ground with our running game…

Have at it and enjoy – but make sure to read Dan 72′ BB price I just posted earlier this morning.

A Fan’s Take on Stallings

Dan Davis (Dan 72) was gracious enough to contribute this basketball piece for us to enjoy before the VT game this evening.

No learning on the job for this coach!

How we Pitt fans have gone on and on about Pitt being the place where assistant coaches come to learn how to be head coaches at other universities.  Most recently Paul Chryst spent three years as an apprentice at Pitt. Before him there was Paul Hackett and Jamie Dixon. Now of course, we have Pat Narduzzi on the football side again. You all know that I’ve contended that the only way to learn how to be a head coach is to actually be one!

Well, now we have a head basketball coach in Kevin Stallings who needs NO learning on the job on how to be a head coach and make in-game decisions. He’s seen it all and dealt with almost every in-game situation possible.

Many of us Pitt folks were not Jamie Dixon fans. His over the top behavior of being four feet out onto the court during games, his puppet-like calling of every play and every pattern, his determining who’s to shoot and when, and his horrible use of time outs exasperated many of us. But worry no more.

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Know the Enemy & Predictions: VT

VT is one of those teams we fans talk about when we say that Pitt has to start winning ‘big’ games.  But the fact is that all our remaining games are ‘big’ as long as we keep winning them – it is what will keep us in the hunt for the ACC Coastal championship.

So what are the things we need to know about and then see our team do to win this game? Here are my thoughts…

We need to knock the Hokie QB Jerod Evans out of the game. Seriously.

This kid has thrown for 19 TDs against only two INTs in seven games and this is his first season to boot. That scares me and it better scare both HC Pat Narduzzi and DC What’s-his-name.

That was the first thing that popped out of my mind.  Sorry it was negative but when a QB has this stat line:


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POV Bits & Pieces; Oct 24th

* 4 star DT Donovan Jeter has finished his second stop in his “DeeJee’s Nationwide Commitment Tour ’16” (sponsored by Magic Eraser).  His first stop was in South Bend, IN and that was a success as a warmup to his main show.

The pressure to perform live again was too much so his agent booked a date in Ann Arbor, MI for a second and more permanent commitment.  Which he offered up on a silver-plated platter.

“I’m done. I can’t put myself through this again,” Jeter said.

Jeter chose Notre Dame in September after a visit for a Fighting Irish game. But not long after, he began to have second thoughts, admitting he made a decision too quickly. He said he also made the Notre Dame commitment to relieve the recruiting pressure and when he made the decision he said Michigan and Pitt were the other finalists.

“I started thinking, ‘Michigan is undefeated and Notre Dame is 2-5,’” Jeter said.

When asked about his change of career venues Jeter was heard to say “A total commitment is paramount to reaching the ultimate in performance!!”  Image result for indecisionAfterward a reporter was hear saying “Well, when the f*ck is that going to happen?”

Let’s hope he doesn’t switch again and come to Pitt – there will be a locker room fight between he and Chris Clark for bragging rights as to who is better at de-committing from schools.

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