The Jordan Addison situation continues to evolve. And per Mike Farrell, Pitt is no longer in Addison’s consideration set. The curious thing is why? You have to take all of these rumors with a grain of salt, but lets at least look at what is being said: (Per Pittsburgh Sports Now https://pittsburghsportsnow.com/2022/05/05/mike-farrell-on-the-latest-jordan-addison-rumors/)
- Addison is no longer considering Pitt due to the losses of Brennan Marion, Mark Whipple and Kenny Pickett.
- Decision to leave Pitt wasn’t about NIL deal and more to do with coaches that will get him properly prepared for the NFL.
- Decision won’t be quick and going to USC isn’t a done deal.
- Addison attended Pitt spring practices to evaluate how he’d be coached this season and decided a new home was needed.
- Addison’s top priority for his next team is playing with the best quarterback possible.
First – It apparently isn’t about the money. *If* that is true, that’s acutally a good things, because it means the Pitt Booster community came up with enough cash to “not make it about the money”. Overall that is a good sign for the long term health of the program.
Second, it is apparently about the coaches – to some degree. Addison clearly enjoyed the benefits of being the alpha-dog in a pro-style pass-first offense. And he also clearly enjoyed being coached by Brennan Marion. Well the pass-first offense has been replace by a “balanced” offense. And even though Addison would have still been the alpha-dog (at least as far as the passing game is concerned), it’s fair to say that his targets, and likely his stats, would have diminished year over year. Not great for a player’s draft stock. Additionally, while new WR coach Tiquan Underwood is being cast as an upgrade over Marion (and very well could be), but Marion’s coaching clearly resonated with Addison, and Underwood’s *apparently* didn’t. PSN’s fourth bullet, *if true* is particularly telling: Addison attended Pitt spring practices to evaluate how he’d be coached this season and decided a new home was needed.
Third, (And I’m just going to come out and say it) Pitt is going to have a quarterback problem next season. Addison’s impending transfer is a pretty damn good indication of that. Addison’s top priority for his next team is playing with the best quarterback possible. Combine that with Narduzzi’s cagey comments around the quarterback play all spring, and the lackluster QB stats in the spring game, and my spider sense is tingling. You heard it here first.
Here is the Mike Farrell article in its entirely. https://mikefarrellsports.com/2022/05/jordan-addison-rumors-flying/
Hail to Pitt