Tuesday Night Round Table; 3/14/17

Well, we just finished our 2nd Round Table discussion and it was a good one.  Thanks so much to Dr. Tom, Ike and our late-comer TX Panther.

Lots of great conversation, some agreements – some disagreements but what a nice evening!

I hope you all can see and hear this video – we are still in the ‘learning mode” but I think I got it.

Enjoy!

 

Yes, Our Pass Defensive Was Unique

It is time to put an end to the excuses being made for our terrible 2016 pass defense.  Fingers are pointing at the great QBs we faced and the great WRs we faced – and someone behind those fingers forget that all those great players had other opponents who faced the same things Pitt did.

It is very clear to me that the reasons for our inadequacies in pass defense is completely internal to out coaching staff and our players.  Ours – not our opponent.

Here is a table showing what Pitt’s opposing QBs did against the other teams they faced in 2016 (less Pitt),  then the row below that shows what they produced against Pitt.

I highlighted in red the areas where Pitt was worse than the average opponent.  Red with an asterisk (*) shows Pitt was worst ( or tied for worse) than any other D1 school on their opponent’s schedule.

Quarterback CMP ATT YDS Pass
YDS Per Comp.
CMP% LNG TD INT RAT
McSorley  PSU 16 29 273 16.1 55.1% 80 2 .5 156.9
vs. Pitt 24* 35 332 13.8 68.6% 40 1 1 152.0
Rudolph   OSU 21 33 296 13.7 64.1% 82 2 .3 160.1
vs. Pitt 26 46 540* 20.8 56.5% 91 2 0 169.5
Trubisky     NC 22 33 274 12.3 67.2% 75 2 .5 154.3
vs. Pitt 35* 46 453* 12.9 76.1%* 58 5* 0 194.7*
Litton   Marsh 19 31 215 11.2 61.6% 65 2 .7 136.3
vs. Pitt 20 30 240 12.0 62.5% 83 2 1 139.9
Thomas      GT 6 11 119 19.8 52.1% 81 .5 .16 192.6
vs. Pitt 7 10 130 18.6 70.0% 31 1 0 212.2
Benkert      VA 17 30 189 10.9 57.2% 84 1.5 .83 121.6
vs. Pitt 20 44 278 13.9 45.5% 74 1 1 101.5
Evans          VT 20 31 262 12.9 63.8% 62 2 0 153.5
vs.  Pitt 24 40 406* 16.9* 60.0% 41 2 0 161.8
Kaaya         UM 19 31 264 13.8 61.0% 77 2 .5 150.8
vs. Pitt 32* 47 356 11.1 68.1% 41 4 0 159.8
Watson  Clem 20 36 286 14.3 67.0% 65 3 1 144.9
vs. Pitt 52* 70 580* 11.1 74.3% 31 3 3 149.5
Jones      Duke 22 35 235 10.7 62.8% 64 1 0 130.6
vs. Pitt 28 46 243 8.6 60.9% 43 1 0 112.4
Mahoney  SYR 6 12 84 13.9 50.0% 81 .5 .5 114.2
vs. Pitt 43* 61 440* 10.2 70.5%* 49 5* 1 154.9
Thorson    NW 21 36 255 12.1 58.0% 58 1 .5 124.2
vs. Pitt 23 36 121 5.2 60.5% 32 1 0 117.4

12 of 13 QBs faced had more yards passing vs Pitt than they averaged against their other opponents. Some freakishly more as in the table below.

8 of 13 QBs had a better completion percentage vs Pitt than they averaged against their other opponents. 

8 of 13 QBs had a better QB Rating vs Pitt than they averaged against their other opponents.

But here’s what killed really put a damper on the season in my opinion: 

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