I'm not going to talk about this too much because I may throw up if I have to relive what I just saw, but let's start with the other problems first before I get to the worst Pitt starting quarterback of all-time.
1. The receivers are awful. Let's just call it what it is. Devin Street has no real receiving skills at all, and is Mike Shanahan even still on the team? After being awful last week, I'm not even sure if I heard his name today. Pathetic performances by both and the Panthers passing game will not be good until Shanahan, Street, and Sunseri are no longer starting.
2. The offensive line was poor but looked worse than they really were because of the aforementioned quarterback. When you have a quarterback with no skills, it's hard to block for him because the offense has no rhythm.
3. The defense was poorer than they looked because Rutgers has a terrible offense and they still moved the ball relatively well with a true freshman quarterbacking. After making it 20-10, the defense showed no effort at all to let Rutgers score again with ease. It showed a total lack of heart and they should all hang their heads in shame.
4. The special teams is an abomination. If I can think of an even harsher word, I will edit this later, because truthfully I'm not even sure that's bad enough. Offsides on the kickoff followed by Kevin Harper kicking it out of bounds, horrible punting, horrible kick and punt returning, and horrible return coverage after the score got to 20-10. Then Harper misses a 42-yard field goal by roughly 43 yards.
Okay, let's get to Tino Sunseri. He is not all the problem but I can honestly say he's 90% of it. The team has problems beyond him, there's no doubt, but with just a mediocre quarterback this team could actually be undefeated. Not that they deserve to be undefeated. They stink in many aspects of the game.
But back to Sunseri. His first interception was a balloon ball that looked like it was thrown by an eighth grader. With his second interception he slipped into seventh grade territory. He has little skills and he simply does not have the brain to be a quarterback. That's no insult to him off the field. He may be a genius for all I know. But as a quarterback, he simply has no idea what he's doing. And don't blame this on Todd Graham. Every other quarterback that started for Graham got it. I'm not sure that Sunseri could make the right play if the opposing defense was on the sideline.
This may all sound very harsh, but I have never had much patience for stupidity, lack of discipline, apathy, and lack of pride. The Pitt football team showed all of that today. I'm sure the reason for that is because the team saw how horrible the quarterback play is, and they had no fight left, but that's no excuse. It looks like a team of quitters with no leader on the field. What a way to jump on the momentum of last week.