Here is a link to the transcript of the video above. Here is something I don’t get with Narduzzi – he’ll talk forever about things that ‘could have’ happened if just one thing changed (see quote below) but he never has addressed head-on his terrible pass defense that gives up all the other non-hypothetical points.
This bit starts at about the 1:16 mark:
“When you look at a top 25 team, it’s another three-point loss, you’re in the game till the end. That’s what I stress with our kids, you’re right there, you’re right there, there’s so many opportunities in that game for us to get that three points back.
Fumble kickoff return equals three. You throw an interception, equals three. Our defense did a heck of a job like I told you in the press conference afterwards.
Other situation. We get an interception, and we’re lined up off-sides. There’s another three. We drop an interception at the goal line, that leads to seven. So if you add that nine and seven up, that’s 16 points that, golly, you’d like to see us not do those things and you win the game. Even if you don’t do two out of the three, you have a chance to win the game. That’s how close you are. It’s a game of inches. Good football team.
Man, that is deflection at its finest. How about these plays:
2nd and 10 at VT 21
(14:21 – 1st) Jerod Evans pass complete to Isaiah Ford for 27 yds to the VTech 48 for a 1ST down
1st and 10 at PITT 37
(13:23 – 1st) Jerod Evans pass complete to Isaiah Ford for 24 yds to the Pitt 13 for a 1ST down
2nd and 13 at PITT 38
(14:52 – 2nd) Jerod Evans pass complete to Isaiah Ford for 26 yds to the Pitt 12 for a 1ST down
2nd and 10 at PITT 30
(8:42 – 3rd) Jerod Evans pass complete to Bucky Hodges for 23 yds to the Pitt 7 for a 1ST down
1st and 10 at VT 32
(1:35 – 3rd) Jerod Evans pass complete to Bucky Hodges for 20 yds to the Pitt 48 for a 1ST down
1st and 10 at PITT 37
(0:23 – 3rd) Jerod Evans pass complete to Cam Phillips for 35 yds to the Pitt 2 for a 1ST down
2nd and 10 at VT 25
(13:09 – 4th) Jerod Evans pass complete to Bucky Hodges for 31 yds to the Pitt 44 for a 1ST down
That’s seven passes for 186 yards with four of them taking the Hokies down to the Pitt 13, 12, 7, and 2 yard lines. That’s what should be the topic of discussion and questioned by the media – not self-depreciating softball stuff like… (this reporter should be dragged out and shot)
“Q. You spend a lot of time going over personnel. Does it bother you when you get questioned by people like me that don’t know too much about football?”
If you ask a silly question you get a silly answer like this:
“I don’t expect you to know football. Doesn’t bother me at all. I’d like to have a clinic someday, I think it would be good, a media clinic, just to talk ball. I’m serious about that.“
But here is an interesting part of an answer he gave yesterday that makes fans wonder just exactly what goes on down on the sidelines when the match is being played:
“Q. Do you second guess anything you did Thursday night?”
“You always do. Like I said, any time we win, it’s a team effort. Every time we lose, it’s a team effort. We lose as a team.
I question a lot of things, especially when you don’t get the ball back at the end. I question coverage at times, could we have done this, should we have put this in if we’d known they would do that, should you put this in there. Of course, you always do that.
Is it too much for your guys? That might be the other thing you question. So no doubt about it.”
Now I might be one of those guys who needs a Football 101 lesson from this guy (for only a $500 donation to the Panther Club!! Sign up now!!) but I sure as hell know on-site leadership and I have to ask this; If you question these things after the game what in hell were you doing when their offense was ripping the legs off our defensive backs?
Oh, that’s right – screaming your head off and jumping up and down on your headset – but you don’t need the headset anyway because it is pretty damned obvious you aren’t talking to DC Conklin up in the coaches sky box.
Honest to God – I have to start attending these post-game interviews in person instead of running out of Heinz to the first bar I can find. These questions are way too tame.
This goes back to his telling us he is completely hands-off our DC and the DC’s decision-making during the game. Well, if it ain’t broken don’t fix it… but if it is broken then damn well do something about it. Make in-game adjustments or fire Conklin at halftime or something.
I know exactly how to fix our pass defense problem and this just may be the only way we’ll win anymore games this season. First you look at our roster of DBs and list them in ascending quality order. Something like this:
You start the game with DBs Dorsey and Boatwright and have them play tight up to the opponent’s two best WRs. As soon as the ball is snapped they run up and kick the receivers squarely in the balls. We get an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and our two kids get kicked out of the game.
Then put Bernsdorff and Stocker in – line up the same way and at the next snap they gut-punch both receivers in the solar plexus. Our guys get kicked out again.
Put in Stocker and Garner and they jab their fingers into the receiver’s eyes and get kicked out. Then keep doing it.
Yes, they will move downfield and yes they will probably score a TD but after their first few series the other guy’s receivers are beat to shit and scared to death and we have our best defensive backs in for the rest of the game.
Hey – it could work… nothing else has. At the very least it would be entertaining as hell.