There was a time in my life when I would get excited for this. Spring drills. Maybe I am older now, wiser. Maybe I’m just too busy with the responsibilities of adulthood. Maybe I just don’t care.
There was a time when I would hang on every word from every practice report like it was the gospel truth, like it would provide some unanticipated insight into the upcoming season, or validate the opinions that I already had.
Of course practices were open then, but you still had to read between the lines.
Nowadays reading between the lines has become that much harder, and that much more important. Pitt fans are fed a meager diet of 3-5 interviews per day, and the media gets a thirty minute media “viewing window” of non-contact drills. All in the name of preserving a competitive advantage.
Well thanks for generating interest in the program, Pat Narduzzi.
Oh, I’ll still post the interviews. Because when you are starved for something, you’ll take when you can get, but I won’t be happy about it.
Enjoy your coachspeak Panther Nation. As a refresher for those who haven’t watched any practice videos for a while, I’ll provide this handy guide:
- “I think it was solid” = And I’m not going to tell you it wasn’t
- “Some details we need to clean up” = Kind of sloppy out there
- “We need more from these guys” = Practice sucked
- “There were some good plays” = There were a lot of bad ones
- “It’s a process” = He’s learning slow
- “He’s got a great attitude” = But he’s still clueless about the playbook
- “We’ll find out on xx” = Because we haven’t really found out yet at practice
- “I liked what I saw out of him today” = He’s been pretty inconsistent
- “We’re going to find the best three / five / eleven” = I’m not telling you a damn thing
- “It’s a full blown competition” = I’m not telling you a damn thing
- “You see some guys getting extra work in the film room” = This guy may have a shot to see the field
- “He’s got a long way to go mentally / he’s still a little immature mentally” = Doesn’t know the playbook, not going to see the field as much as you think.
- “It’s been a long time since he’s had to …” = He’s really inexperienced
- “I thought he played really well … at times” = But not enough for me to trust him
- “What I’d like to see is some leadership” = He’s probably not stepping up enough off the field
- “There are obviously a lot of things we have to improve on” = There are a lot of things we have to improve on.
- “We are a lot further along mentally than we were last year” = Because I wasn’t here last year. (alternative = but I haven’t seem them put it together on the field)
And just for fun, here are last year’s day 1 videos:
Hail to Pitt