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.
||YDS Per Comp.
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:
In three of our five losses the opposing QB threw for over 100 more yards than he averaged against other schools. We still would have lost against Miami I believe. If you remember OSU scored on an 85 yard TD pass with 1:20 left in the game and then North Carolina scored on a TD pass with :02 left in the game to win.
But we would have won three more games with an even ‘below average’ pass defense.
That’s an 11-2 final record folks and 11-1 going into the bowl season where we probably would have gotten a Playoff berth.
Read it and weep:
|Team||YPG vs. Other||YPG vs. Pitt||Difference||Outcome|
|OSU||296||540||+ 291||L by 7 pts|
|NC||274||453||+ 179||L by 1 pt|
|VT||262||406||+ 144||L by 3 pts|
|Miami||264||356||+ 92||L by 22 pts|
I think we all agree that our passing defense and our DB were horrible last season. I content that it wasn’t the opposition that made them that way – they just shined a bright light on it.
OK – that’s it for beating a dead horse.
Note: Tuesday night Round Table call-in will take place at 8:00 pm this evening. I’ll post the URL, phone numbers and unique ID codes needed to enter the meeting at around 7:30 and you guys can join-in at around 7:50 or so.
I’ll record the discussion and post it tomorrow. Please don’t worry about what your voice sounds like – honestly, everyone’s voice sounds better when it is recorded than in real life.
If you don’t want the video part of your attendance to be recorded all you have to do is hit “Camera Off” and it will be just voice. The site recording I use records both video and audio. I’ll probably turn my camera off when we start recording also.
AI have subscribed to Bluejeans.com for our teleconference platform. It is as easy as pie to either login with the URL I’ll provide at 7:30 or so… or you can call-in with your phones to the bluejeans phone number then enter this meeting’s unique ID code.
All a caller has to do is dial the websites regular phone number and then enter a 10 digit “Meeting’s unique ID code” and the screen will ask you what name you want to use then Hey Presto! you are in the discussion group.
You can also get into the discussion just by clicking on a link I will provide you via email or via the POV comments section…
Here is the Bluejeans.com front page and at the top you will see a bar that looks like this over toward the right side:
You’ll click on the “Join Meeting” box and that will start you into the below process.
Before you do that I will have sent an email, text or posted the meeting’s ID number. An example of this is if you’re using your computer I will post this link:
https:/bluejeans.com/5713314009 (that last number was our session’s unique ID # from last evening – it changes with every meeting). Do that and you are in Bluejeans.
Truly is as easy as pie (fingers crossed)… Then:
The screen above will appear and in a caller’s case you would click on the bottom circle on the left – “Enter meeting ID”.
Then you should see the screen below.
I put a red dot next to the “Camera on” question because if you don’t want to be seen by others you will click ‘off’. I put a green dot next to “Microphone on” because you want to keep that ‘on‘ if you want to talk to the group.
If you don’t want to be heard but want to listen-in real-time I believe you can click the microphone ‘off’ and still hear the session as it is playing out – but then you can join in the discussion at any time by clicking your microphone back to ‘on’…
It is as easy as that. Ike was gracious enough to spend part of the day testing both Skype and Bluejeans and we agreed that Bluejeans is a better forum.
Here is a link to their video tutorials.
You guys don’t have to download the bluejeans app if you don’t want to – you can get into the meeting by the above steps. But the Bluejeans rep I talked to said that if you are going to be doing it all the time then the app is easier.