Saturday, October 12, 2013

Virginia Tech 19 Pittsburgh 9

That had to be one of the worst played 10-point losses in Pitt history.  The offensive line was especially horrible and Adam Bisnowaty may find himself out of a starting job very soon. He has regressed and now looks terrible.

Other thoughts:

1.  Tom Savage may still be getting sacked.  Yes, he has to know that he has no time, but I'm not sure Michael Vick wouldn't have got sacked 8 times in that game.  He has enough mobility to elude one or two guys but not when they come in waves.  On the game he completed 13 of 28 passes for 187 yards. He threw for no touchdowns or interceptions but he did show nice running ability on Pitt's loan touchdown.

2.  James Conner hurt his shoulder and only got 2 carries for 1 yard.  Isaac Bennett was the leading ball carrier as he had 31 yards on 7 carries. Technically, because of the sacks, Pitt ran for 23 yards on 26 carries. Outside of the sacks, Pitt ran for 52 yards.

3.  Tyler Boyd was held to 2 catches for 20 yards and carried once for 3 yards. Thanks to two big catches that resulted in all 9 of Pitt's points, Devein Street had 5 catches for 104 yards.  Kevin Weatherspoon chipped in 3 catches for 50 yards.

4.  Chris Blewitt made a 47-yard field goal, which was obviously great to see.

5.  Defensively, it's hard to say that Pitt did well, mostly because Virginia Tech has a rather pedestrian offense.  Virginia Tech only had 315 total yards, and the defensive line played especially well.  But again, that may be because the Hokie offensive line is not very good right now.  But Aaron Donald was again a man possessed and may be one step closer to being an All-American.

6.  Pitt falls to 3-2 on the season, and 2-2 in the ACC.  Next up is an out of conference game at home against Old Dominion next Saturday night.

102 comments:

  1. Yeah... the 2-star OL recruiting strategy is definitely not working out.

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  2. Yeah, Biz got beat a couple of times but, give the Hokie D some credit - telling Mrs. Moody - Bud Foster is one of the top D coordinators in the country going up against Jim Hueber?...MISMATCH.

    Plus, with Conner out, Va Tech could pin their ears back and blitz Savage.

    There were too many bodies for us to block without any running threat. Dead head Schell would have really helped today.

    Va Tech just flat better - better speed, coaching etc etc. The only reason that we won last year is because Logan Thomas went nuts and threw to Pitt D-Backs all day long plus, the aforementioned Schell.

    Bennett is just no good period - Conner was hurt and Ibrahim has zero experience and then even he got nicked.

    It's no wonder with that kind of "running "game that Savage ran for HIS life against Foster's blitzing defense.

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  3. Where we're the tight ends?? I don't mean pass catching but protecting Savage. The line stunk the joint out but there was no help in the backfield.

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  4. Aaron Donald, potential Day 2 NFL Draft choice? Curious as to your thoughts. He is a force in the middle for this defense, a defense that seems to be coming around a bit. They were on the field quite a bit (34 minutes, though while watching the game, it seemed like much more).

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    1. His size is what will hurt him in the draft. If he impresses in the combine and all-star game practices then they may overlook that somewhat.

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    2. Donald is a Mick Williams clone which is great for the college level but won't translate to the NFL.

      Both great Pitt players

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    3. Size being the issue, kinda what I thought as well. Off topic, I really enjoy reading your stuff Chris. I often read, but this is my first posting.

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  5. There is no imagination on offense and the linemen are playing how they're coached, which is poorly. Wins in the next two weeks and Pitt will be positioning itself for a bowl game. That is all I can ask for at this point. Next season is when the pressure should be on Chryst.

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  6. That 47-yard kick was a beauty. Easily good from 10 more yards out.

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  7. Pitt won't get Bookser or Jenkins because they suck at recruiting. It is not because Penn State just beat an overrated team that almost lost to Uconn and Akron. Chryst better get some big wins this year because next year will be a tough one to be on the hot seat with a new qb, tough road games, young defense, etc.

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  8. This is exactly why the blogs were so quiet last week. No one wants to talk about the elephant in the room. This Pitt team has no identity offensively or defensively. In 3 of 4 ACC games we see that offensively:

    1. We're not fast enough for ACC defenses.
    2. We don't have the Wisconsin like running games to bully defenses in the ACC
    3. Tyler Boyd has lots of talent but I'm not sure if his body will hold up for a full year of college football.
    4. There's absolutely no depth at running back
    Defensively, is Aaron Donald the only person playing?

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    1. Replies to your concerns:

      1. Pitt is 2-2 in the ACC and lost to two ranked teams. One of them won big while Pitt had a realistic chance to beat the other and be 3-1. So based off that, you've already come to the conclusion Pitt isn't fast enough for ACC defenses??

      2. Agree we don't have a WI type running game yet. But that's why PC is recruiting players that he feels will fit his system and also why's he's playing the younger guys.

      3. Sorry, I didn't know Boyd was injured nor I have seen anything in the first 5 games to confirm he can't hold up for a full year. He'll fill out more over the years but there have been many receivers smaller than him that have had productive years.

      4. Agree, but do you really think Pitt had that going into the season?

      5. The D is actually playing good. In the last 2 ACC games played, they've allowed only 1 TD. What would you like to see them do differently?

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  9. We have to be the most boring and predictable team in D1 on both sides of the ball.. I feel like some high school teams i see have more creative coaches.. This is very bad.. anyone know the last time a Pitt team came back to win after being down at the half.. i'm very curious to know that. Our half time adjustments when losing have been very poor to say the least... Disgusted..

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    1. any team is predictable and boring when there is no blocking up front? Did you see VT's game at Geo Tech? They made GT's triple option look predictable and boring.

      You can talk about Savage and Boyd all you want, but the game is still won in the pits. I expect the OL to be improved in the next couple of years; not sure about the DL.

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    2. Disturbingly, it's been over 4 years!!! October 10, 2009: Pitt trailed UConn 7-3 at the half, and won 24-21.

      I agree with you completely. The single biggest concern I have with Chryst is that his teams are either prepared for the game or not. There are no adjustments made at the half. Thus far at Pitt, when leading at the half, Chryst is 9-2 (losses to Louisville and ND last year). When trailing at the half, 0-7.

      I like Chyst, and I can see him having success at Pitt. But he has to improve his game day coaching.

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  10. Not to worry, I predict these coaches will be gone in three years and we'll be starting all over again. Isn't thus fun!

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    1. Hopefully less than 3 years

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  11. I guess I am going to be the dissenting voice for now but I think we hung well with a true top 25 team. This year Va Tech was not overlooking us, especially not at home. Yes we do need to look at replacing one of our "offensive" lineman but we have a candidate on hand. I believe we will be no worse than a 7-5 team and possibly a 8-4 team. The next two game we should easily win and I think we should be able to beat Georgia Tech as long as we stay relatively healthy.

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    1. Well, the defense hung in there. Yes, V Tech's offense is average at best, but Pitt's D got no support from the offense. Much like last week, the defense could have easily wilted and Pitt would have gotten blown out.

      Funny, I don't remember complaints of this team being boring and predictable after the Duke game. Right now, the OLine, particularly Bisnowaty, is killing the offense. Coach will have to figure out something, though Old Dominion and Navy will be a temporary cure.

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  12. Isn't it basketball season yet?

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  13. Just curious because I don't know football. Wouldn't screens have been good to run? Or was VT doing this with just 4 guys rushing? How about short drops to TE? How about even a draw play or 2?

    It just seemed to me that we ran had deep drops every play

    Can this O-line be that bad? I don't think I have ever seen an O-line get dominated so bad in 2 games as I just witnessed. And our lineman aren't supposed to be chop liver. What's going on?

    I do hope the coaches talk about how it was really the corner blitzes that caused trouble because I think that Daddi guy was a lineman. If the coaches don't blame it on the guys up front I will then see these guys might not know what they are talking about

    dUbb

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  14. PSU's win yesterday just made it more difficult for Pitt to recruit PA.
    Reminded me of the game Pitt beat WVU.
    I read some 100 recruits were at the game PSU game yesterday.

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    1. Doubt that joe. State Penn U. recruits in more than just PA and with reduced scholarships will not just focus on PA kids, especially WPIAL kids.

      MW

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  15. Chris, are you still creating a national sports website?

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    1. I'm having trouble with the actual making of the site. I have to learn website design and it's a pain.

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    2. Here's a tip - use WordPress to build your site. It makes everything much easier.

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    3. Yeah, I had a site name bought and signed up for WordPress, but once I got all of that I was lost. I"m too much of an old fart, I guess. I'm going to try it again over the winter, though.

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  16. AGAIN WHEN YOU PLAY FRESHMEN AND REDSHIRT FRESHMEN THIS IS WHAT YOU GET,,,,I KNOW PEOPLE SAY THAT AS THE SEASON PROGRESSES THEY SHOULD NO LONGER BE CONSIDERED FRESHMEN BUT MOST OF THESE KIDS WERE TWO AND THREE STARS...AGAIN TYLER IS THE EXCEPTION..I TRULY DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT IS GOING ON WITH BISNOWATY..
    LINE PLAY WAS POOR AT BEST FOR SECOND WEEK IN A ROW.
    RUNNING GAME WITHOUT CONNER NOWHERE TO BE FOUND
    THESE TWO ISSUES COMBINED AGAIN
    HAVE SAVAGE RUNNING FOR HIS LIFE ALONG WITH LOW RECEIVER OUTPUT FROM BOYD.
    STREET PLAYED A DECENT GAME.
    DONALD PLAYS WITH INTENSITY..WHERE IS THAT WITH THE REST OF THE D?
    LINEBACKERS STILL LOOK CONFUSED AS DO THE DBACKS..
    I THOUGHT WITH A TWO WEEK LAYOFF THE COACHES AND TEAM WOULD RESPOND MUCH BETTER THAN THE WAY THEY PLAYED ON SATURDAY.
    D DID HOLD THE VT O TO 1TD AND 4FG BUT THE O HAS GOT TO STEP UP
    I DID NOT SEE MANY ADJUSTMENTS ON OFFENSE AFTER HALFTIME JUST SAME PREDICTABLE PLAY CALLING NOT SURE IF THIS IS A SITUATION THAT THEY HAVE NOTHING ELSE TO CALL OR THEY HAVE ALREADY MAXED THE TALENT
    WHY NO TIGHT END INVOLVEMENT IN SHORT PASSING GAME WITH RUNNING GAME ON THE SHELF?
    I DEFINITELY AM NO COACH JUST A LONG TIME PITT FAN..I TRUST THEY KNOW BETTER THAN I DO...BUT SOONER OR LATER WITH THE EXITING OF MANY PLAYERS THIS YEAR TO BRING IN MORE COACHABLE PLAYERS IF RESULTS DO NOT HAPPEN YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT COACHES BY POSITION THAT ARE NOT PERFORMING. OLD DOMINION AND NAVY WILL BE MEASURING STICKS AGAIN FOR THIS TEAM. AN FCS AND DUKE BEAT NAVY BY 28. HOPEFULLY THE COACHES USE THESE TWO WEEKS TO GET THE OFFENSE IN GEAR AND MAINTAIN THE DEFENSE..H2P GARY FROM CLEVELAND

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  17. DuB - in the 2nd half VT almost always had a 4-3 defense in front of the PITT offensive line and by that time our OL was already beaten down so badly they couldn't handle the VT DL.

    Screens wouldn't have worked all that well since the pressure was almost immediate on Savage. But, for some reason, since the season started OC Rudolph hasn't incorporated the screen play or quick slants to a crossing WR or TE even when it has been able to be done.

    Some of that has to do with Savage not having a quick trigger at QB; His game is a firm pocket so that he has time to go deeper down field, and some of that has to do with the fact that the TEs have been asked to max protect on passing plays.

    Overall, the defense played rather well yesterday against a QB who improved greatly from his JR year to his SR year and who has been playing well all season. We gave up one TD and three FGs and that ain't bad.

    The fact that the defense did that while VT was gaining a 35-25 minute time of possession advantage is impressive also. The PITT defense was on the field a long time while our offense was going three and out on almost every possession.

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  18. Some Sunday Morning Quarterbacking...

    Contrary to what some thought, VaTech’s Defense is as GOOD as advertised. Again, a team leading the nation in both sacks and interceptions does give some indication of a team playing REALLY GOOD Defense.

    And contrary to popular opinion this morning, the Offensive Line is NOT THE BIGGEST PROBLEM facing Pitt’s Offense.

    Are they playing great? No. Are they a major dropoff from the O-Line of a year ago? Absolutely not.

    What they are playing with are a couple of MAJOR DISADVANTAGES that last year’s line did not face.

    One is a quarterback who CAN’T READ DEFENSES, is a SACK MAGNET, and consitently INNACURATE when it comes to throwing short or intermediate.

    But this is no surprise. It was well known at Rutgers and posted here at least a couple of times even before the season began.

    I know, I know… but last year it was Tino! Not being the biggest Tino fan, I am not blinded enough with disdain to overlook the fact that Mr. Savage is not executing the Chryst Offense as effectively as Mr. Sunseri a year ago.

    Certainly playing into that is the other disadvantage. With no Ray Graham, no Shell and now no Connor… the O-Line is blocking for runningbacks who put absolutely NO FEAR in a Defense.

    Never mistaken for being an explosive back who can take it the distance, Bennett looks like a shadow of himself, possibly due to a weakened knee. And given the opportunity to showcase his talents, well, Ibrahim was disappointingly ineffective… and that’s being nice.

    Now, where I was surprised was by the play of the Defense. Definitely looking a bit more like the En Suite with Bidet than the “OUTHOUSE” of early in the season.

    But let’s not get sucked in just yet.

    Remember that while VaTech’s Defense may be the BEST Defense in the Nation, the Hokie Offense, while improved under its new Offensive Coordinator… is still VERY AVERAGE.

    Against Virginia and now VaTech… Pitt’s Defense is showing that it can PLAY WELL against teams with NO RUNNING GAME.

    PittofDreams

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  19. Going forward… Pitt is faced with a decision.

    We are exactly at that point of the season where the decision must be made whether to settle for mediocrity or go for the gusto.

    The decision facing Chryst and Co. is whether to stick with Savage or make a move to get Voytik some playing time in an effort to make this team more competitive down the road against the tougher games later in the season.

    At this point, Savage has shown himself to be a “One Trick Pony”. When unhasseled and having all of the time in the world to throw the ball… he is absolutley one of the best deep ball throwers to wear a Pitt uniform. Deadly accurate when throwing to an open Tyler Boyd or Devin Street running free behind coverage.

    But, GOOD Defenses… and REALLY GOOD Defenses like VaTech and Florida State… have shown the One Trick can be stopped. When it is, the Pitt Offense guided by Mr. Savage is rendered totally harmless.

    Take away Boyd… PRESSURE Savage… GAME OVER!

    Now, it’s not at all clear that Voytik is the answer. But Chryst and Co. are at the point of no return as far as this season goes. With Old Dominion next week, the time has come to see how the Chryst Offense operates with Mr. Voytik taking some snaps.

    Otherwise the rest of the season is totally predicable… BEAT the teams with Bad or AVERAGE Defenses… lose to the teams with Good Defenses who can scheme to take a talented freshman receiver completely out of the game while pressuring a quarterback who becomes DAZED and CONFUSED when the HEAT IS COMIN.'

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    1. Your continual negativity towards Savage is fascinating.

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    2. Something else you might find fascinating...

      Keep in mind that Chryst is no doubt being nice as he is not a coach to throw any player under the bus.

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      "Chryst repeated Monday that Pitt's pass-protection issues in a 19-9 loss at Virginia Tech Saturday were not entirely on the offensive line.

      Specifically, he pointed to a couple of plays when quarterback Tom Savage needed to get the ball out of his hands quicker.

      "I thought a couple times we got challenged on the perimeter routes, so, sometimes, he waited one split-second for it to open up," Chryst said. "Then you end up holding on, and it wasn't a game to be holding on to the ball. When you look at the tape, there's responsibility to be had in all areas."

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    3. I think we all know that Savage needs to get better but you're the only one who keeps focusing on him as a weakness when the truth is, I can think of probably ten bigger weaknesses on the team.

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    4. Chris,

      It's not just Savage, I've also 'been critical of the lack of speed in the backfield and House and his questionalbe schemes on defense.

      But when you have a quarterback who is an All-time Record Setter when it comes to taking SACKS... that is ONE BIG DiSADVANTAGE for any Offense.

      Here are the numbers...

      At Rutgers... as a freshman Savage was sacked 1 out of every 8 times he went back to pass. As a sophomore it was 1 out every 6 before he got benched.

      At Pitt as a fifth-year senior it is 1 out of every 6.5 times.

      For comparison... over his career Mr. “Sack Taker” himself Tino Sunseri went down for the count 1 out of every 15 times he went back to pass.

      Don't get carried away with Savage and his arm. In between those ridiculously accurate deep balls to Boyd and Street... he is a very average quarterback... in fact less than average in some regards.

      Some dramatic change has to take place. Either Savage magically transforms himself overnight into a more complete quarterback capable of running the Chryst Offense on all cylinders... or Chryst needs to give serious consideration to seeing if Voytik can do better.

      PittofDreams

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    5. Chris,

      Hope you're going to publish the sack numbers.

      They go a long way to telling the story about why Pitt's Offense is hitting the wall against some better defenses.

      Yes, the O-Line has not played great and the running backs are marginal, especially with Connor out of the lineup.

      But, the biggest part of the problem is becoming clearer as the season goes on. It's the fact that throughout his collegiate career Savage has struggled when it comes to READING Defenses and being QUICK in his DECISION MAKING when it comes to knowing where to go with the football, especially if the primary is covered.

      What I find fascinating at this point are the people who continue to believe Savage will somehow magically transform into the COMPLETE quarterback he's never shown himself to be.

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    6. Completely irrational. Savage clearly needs to get the ball away faster, but his sack totals at Rutgers was as a true fashion and his sacks totals this year are mostly because of an atrocious offensive line. He's probably the third best player on offense so he's hardly near the top of the list when it comes to Pitt's biggest problems.

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  20. Positives:

    - The D played well again and gave the team a chance to win.

    - Street once again had a nice game.

    - Savage made it through the game alive.

    - Special teams had a good week.

    Negatives:

    - Second week in a row the OL plays a bad game. Especially LG and LT. Think it's time to let both sit a week and watch.

    - The RB's have little or not ability to pass block. Suggest they either look at using the FB out to see if he can do better or modify the line to keep another TE's or OL to support.

    - While D had a great game, they didn't get any TO's.

    Overall:

    Even with the offensive struggles, Pitt showed they can keep up with the best of the Coastal Division. They have things to address, and hopefully they can, but this was not a deep team to start with. That should be addressed with a couple years of PC recruiting.

    As I noted after the last game, the Haters, sorry Realists, are posting their one-side spew with glee above. Taking pleasure in telling all how they always knew the coaches stink, the players stink, recruits stink, etc. All the while claiming to be real Pitt fans...

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    1. A loss is a loss.
      Don't see any positives when you lose a game.
      "Keep up with the best of coastal"?? Don't see how you can conclude that.. just because they played on the same field.

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    2. All I have for Kent is "OH YEAH!"

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    3. Just because someone doesn't blindly believe Pitt football can do no wrong doesn't make them a Hater. It's people who are fine with 7-5 who are holding the program back. Try playing D-1 football then talk.

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    4. Is it just me is or Kent worse than Joe D? He is the other extreme.

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    5. How is being "fine" with a 7-5 record holding the program back from a fan perspective? If you mean the administration, I'd agree with you, because the prgram does not have the donor dollars coming in that most major prgrams do, and Nordy isn't about to go into the red on a sport program that is supposed to produce revenue.


      Pitt's problem is that they are not the only game in town. If you're a well off alum from a school like Alabama or even PSU for that matter, being a big time donor to the football program carries a certain level or prestige. If you're a well off Pitt alum, throwing money at the football program doesn't register on the radar for a team that has to compete with the Steelers and to a lesser degree the Penguins and Pirates for media attention.

      Until the football program gets to level of the basketball program where tickets are at a premium and having involvement in the program even from a status of being a donor, it won't matter. It's a catch 22.

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    6. And the Haters come out of their basements...LOL

      Joe D - If a loss is a loss, then a win is a win. But not to you and the Haters. Pitt wins and your kind post things about the bad decisions by the coaching staff, how the players still made mistakes, how the competition was poor, or how the win will somehow hurt recruiting...

      Win or loss, positive and negatives can be taken from any game. Haters like yourself are just too immature to look at the game in that way. It's all about you, and your desperate need to find things to support your distorted views.

      Anony 10:15 pm - Why do you feel I'm worse? Because I'm willing to give PC the benefit of the doubt and feel he's doing the right thing. Or because I'm unwilling to do nothing but bash the efforts being made.

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    7. You are worse because Joe D at least has some valid points. You are all rainbows and sunshine. 3 picks and 8 sacks, good game guys. It's ok to say Pitt played bad, you won't get in trouble.

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    8. Haha took Kent all day to think of that reply. He replied to other comments like 5 hours earlier.

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    9. Kent, what was said that was a "Hater"? Is Chris a "Hater" since he said Pitt played bad? Take the love goggles off for a second jesus.

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    10. OH YEAH! Kent OH YEAH!

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    11. Kent, I said Pitt will win 5-6 games this year.
      Last year I said they would win 6 games and was spot on.
      For me to consider Pitt a decent program, they need to win 8 games minimum year in and year out... be in Top 25 year in and year out.

      Hey, bet Pitt beats Old Dominion next week.... and what will that tell you?

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    12. I don't know where people are getting that Kent sees everything through rose-colored glasses. If you actually read his post about the game, he addresses both the positive and negative.

      He's not worse than Joe D. Joe D sees most everything in a negative light, and rarely if ever gives Coach Chryst credit. At least Kent writes about both positive and negative issues, and I'd rather read comments that at least give credit where it's due.

      It's funny. Joe D calls anyone who gives Coach Chryst any credit a "kool-aid" drinker. He's actually projecting his own issues onto other people. There's no bigger "kool-aid" drinker than him; he just drinks from the anti-Chryst pitcher. He has absolutely no objectivity or credibility when it comes to the current Pitt staff.

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    13. D Winters maybe it's the fact that he calls everyone Haters that says Pitt played bad?

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    14. From what I've read, Kent refers to certain people as "haters", because he believes their only comments are negative, and they lack objectivity.

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    15. Define certain people? It's a generalized statement.

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    16. It'd be tough to list them by name because most of the folks criticizing him post as Anonymous, but he does name Joe D specifically.

      Also, there's an anonymous post above that said Kent called everyone who said Pitt played bad as a hater. Talk about a generalized statement.

      I've not seen where he wrote that anyone who criticizes Pitt is a hater. What he seems to be saying is there is a certain element that relentlessly criticizes Chryst and staff without any objective analysis or any positive comments.

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    17. An 7:50 - I'm confused, please make me understand how my posts are all rainbows and sunshine. Most level headed people can look at things holistically. Try it out and if you add some initials or a name at the end of your Anonymous post people might be able to get a feel for your thoughts.

      An 7:51 - What are you talking about? Hopefully you have more things in life than sitting by the computer waiting for someone to post back to you on Panther Prey. LOL, I think you need to get a girl/boy, which ever way you go.

      An 7:52 - I think D Winters has done a great job answering that one. Is Chris a Hater? No, but he can go overboard sometimes with the "worst 10 point loss in school history" stuff. Overall I find he gives great insight into the program. That's why it's a site I visit and after reading enough of some folks constantly negative BS I decided to challenge those posters.

      Joe D - If Pitt wins next week, and I hope they do (do you?), I'll evaluate their performance and give my opinion on what I felt went right and wrong with the game. And I'm sure you'll tell us all, win or lose, how the coaches, players, fans, administration, etc. are a bunch of screw up's. Real mature of you, but why should anyone expect something different. Don't you have some high school kids to text Mr. Insider...pathetic.

      D Winters - Thanks for saving me from doing all that typing. Go Pitt!!

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    18. Oh Yeah!

      Kent Bowler

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    19. You're welcome Kent. It bothered me that some folks criticized you because you had the audacity to write a reasoned, objective analysis of the game.

      Chryst and staff are open to criticism; that's part of being a coach. However, credit should also be given when merited. That's why I enjoy Chris' analysis. He gives both the positive and the negative,

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    20. Still find it odd you've only ever posted to defend Kent

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    21. Greg, I've posted on this blog before a good number of times to comment on Pitt athletics, not to defend someone. However, that's not the issue, and is irrelevant to the discussion.

      I found it odd that people would criticize Kent for an objective analysis of Pitt's game against Va Tech, in which he noted both positive and negatives, and then falsely contending that he wouldn't criticize Pitt.

      He was characterized as someone who wouldn't take issue with anything, but only viewed things as all peaches and cream. He does tend to be more positive than a lot of folks, but he also noted negative things. All in all, he seems a reasonable, objective person.

      I don't like misrepresentations, and while I'm sure Kent is more than capable of defending himself, I chose to give my 2 cents worth. It's not clear to me why that would bother you.


      I'm not sure why that would strike

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  21. Joe D, did you see any negatives in their win vs UV?

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    1. An ugly win is an ugly win is an ugly win.

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    2. Here is my question.
      The TE's are the strength of the team. Many times lining up in double TE formation.
      Why aren't they throwing the ball to them??
      Also, why didn't they replace Biz at LT with Hollins?

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    3. Joe D - Maybe the TE's weren't open. Maybe Savage didn't have time to find them. Maybe Pitt has 2 of the open WR in college so they get priority. Guessing if they had the same record and Street/Boyd only had a few catches and the TE's had a bunch, you'd be on there crying about that.

      As for why Biz wasn't replaced. You like to act like Mr. Insider, use those contacts of yours and find out for us.

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    4. Hollins was not recruited by Chryst, that is why he is not using him. Just riding the bench and graduate with a degree even though Hollins had been a starter under Graham and Wanny.

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    5. If that were true, then why isn’t Dorian Johnson playing in front of Clemmings?

      From what I remember, Hollins did a better impersonation of a turnstile when he was playing than Biznowaty is doing now.

      By the way, Chryst didn’t recruit Rotheram or Cory King either…both are starting on the o-line last I checked.

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    6. Hollins is a reshirt senior, meaning he's in his fifth year in the program. If he wasn't starting at the beginning of the year, he's not going to be playing now. As you stated MC, he's looked more like a turnstile than a tackle when he did play.

      MW

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  22. actually, the win against UVa was certainly a portend of this game. It exposed the offensive weaknesses which a real good defense like VT easily exploited

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  23. Not sure what the uproar is against this coaching staff...they came in late after Graham left which gives them really one off-season to recruit...you have to give these guys another year or two, let them get "their guys," then if we are seeing the same product...if anyone deserves blame it's the administration for having tight purse strings, and that's been going on for years...anyone remember Jackie Sherrill and how he was treated here??

    the "in game" adjustments do seem lacking, but with absolutely no offensive line, it's hard to criticize...I will be surprised if Dorian Johnson doesn't start this week...based solely off the fact the kid is a 5 star recruit and we've all witnessed the O-line the past few weeks...Chis, any word on his progression?

    Hail to Pitt

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    1. You're quite correct, it's always been this way with the administration, all the way back to Bozo Bozik and his handling of Sherrill. Jackie's wife was my guidance counselor in high school, and I remember the day she left. All she would tell us was that they were going back home, small reason why.

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  24. If we don't see an improvement by the end of next year, then we we can start criticizing the coaching.

    Of course, as fans, we can always criticize decisons and playcalling .... but on a macro level, he deserves at least another year. ... and all I want to see is improvement, and not a league title.

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    1. Chryst will be back for 2014 season.
      The question will be if Peterson steps in to force changes in staff.
      After 2014 season, all bets are off if Chryst will be back for 2015.

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    2. Unless there's some kind of scandal that comes out of blue, which is very unlikely, or Pitt goes 2-10 next year, also very unlikely, there's a 99% chance that Chryst will be there in 2015.

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    3. He seems to be recruiting o-line well. Pitt could have a good offense with Shai and that oline. I only worry about d recruits. Seems thin at lb and dl.

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    4. Pederson already stepped in & forced changes. What we got was 2 years of complete incompetence.

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  25. Let's all get back to talking about Pitt rather than each other.

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    1. I looked up Travon Chapman.
      He is now a starter for Ashland University. His season stats are not that great and the team is like 2-4 or something like that.

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    2. He's a true freshman without the benefit of fall camp. Can't make much conclusion based on that.

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  26. So does the game this weekend have all the makings of another Youngstown State debacle or will the Panthers be too big, fast etc. for this aspiring D1 program to handle? Can Pitt use this game to (hopefully) work on some issues - mainly offensive line play? Don't know a thing about ODU other than they've been a good program at the 1-AA level and are moving up next year.

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    1. ODU has an explosive offense and a terrible defense. Pitt is probably 14-20 points better but we'll see what happens.

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    2. Although ODU's offense was better than last year's YSU, I would have to think that Pitt's current defense is much better than that sieve that showed up in last year's opener.

      Chris, one thing PC has to work on in the off-season is to have his defense more prepared for opening day. Yes, FSU and Winston were really good but those receivers were just too wide open the entire night.

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  27. Is Dravon Henry choosing between Pitt and WV "POO" or has he opened his recruiting back up with Alabama, Louisville, and OSU (Original Scandal University). The schools were courtesy of the Trib.

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    1. Supposedly it's down to Pitt and WVU, but Bama is still there. Pitt has the pipeline connection, but I think he's looking to see if they take Fields at a minimum and/or offer Swanson, the RB.

      Can't see why he'd want to go to WVU.

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  28. Some quick stats/rankings on offense and defense:

    Total offense: 93rd
    Pass offense: 55th
    Rush offense: 105th
    Score offense: 75th

    Total Defense: 43rd
    Rush defense: 47th
    Pass defense: 58th
    Scoring defense: 84th

    The defense has been so-so, but the offense has been terrible. How come no one is mentioning Rudolph, but we here a lot about House? I know stats can lie, (I teach Math), but they don't lie that much.

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  29. Anyone else surprised that Clemson is an underdog at home? I would pick FSU on a neutral field, but not at Death Valley.

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  30. ESPN named Sal Sunseri of FSU as the #1 recruiter in the ACC.

    http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/ncfrecruiting/east/post?id=8351

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  31. Holy cow... Pitt raised over $2 Billion the past 15 years.
    It is suppose to be a "capital fund". What has been built? Clearly not even close to 500million spent on building or restorations in the past 15 years. Yet, tuition, fees, and rooming has increased every year.

    http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/news/education/pitt-capital-campaign-ends-with-final-total-of-21-billion-708116/

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    1. are you ever not critical of pitt? that is an honest question.

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    2. Just built a new baseball field, most of that is going to improving "olympic" sports facilities, no football or basketball.

      People need to stop yearning for an on campus stadium or facilities. What Pitt has on the soutside matches up with any other program in the country, just isn't on campus. It's not that big a deal, especially considering they share the facility with the Steelers. That sells more than you think.

      Mike W.

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  32. Chris - please explain how Bill O'Brien is doing recruiting circles around Chryst given the PSU sanctions. Thanks.

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  33. Looks like N. Carolina fball going to be tougher than we think

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  34. Bill O or any psu coach will have an advantage over Pitt in recruiting. Here is why. The scandal hasn't hurt psu locally, but nationally, it has. As much as we would like to think differently, psu is the states land grant institution and many pa kids have better connections to psu than to Pitt. This is not Obrien being better than Chryst. It is just the facts. Now, have a run on coaching changes and poor performances, and there will be a shift in state alliances.

    Second, psu has a large, on campus, nearly full stadium every week. Pitt does not. Mistake by Pederson and the administration. Pushes Pitt backwards. Sorry, just the facts.

    Third, Pitt doesn't support their players once they leave the program. psu and osu bring their best players back to the university and the area and find them high paying jobs. If you don't think this is important, sit in a room with a recruit and urb.That is what he sells....future support. Look at Archie Griffin, Eddie George, Clark Kellogg and others. They are all on osu payroll, making big bucks. Many others are hired in the private sector which happen to be large boosters. Urb and ob sell that. Pitt cannot.

    Fourth, I was in Phoenix this last week and had an interaction with # 11. He and his dad are making infomercials about how the university of phoenix is his university, no mention of Pitt.How does Pitt take care of their players? They don't because there is no culture or continuity in the program.

    That's enough for now, but the answers are easy if you look objectively at the situation.So to recap, no championship culture, no continuity in coaching, no character in the athletic department, no coordination of care for athletes once they leave. That my friends are a bunch of "c's" and why Pitt has a "c" program.
    In Columbus, when an osu football alum stops in the football offices, all work stops and the athlete is welcomed back and introduced to all the current players and coaches. Appreciation!! This all sells recruits. The administration needs to wake up and start playing catch up.

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    1. Since Pitt raised over $2billion in the past 15 years, Pitt should "At least" have an on campus practice facility.
      In my opinion, it is a turnoff to "commute" to the south side versus walking to practice. It is time consuming if you want to do an extra workout or film study to commute to south side.

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    2. take a trip up to Happy Valley. There is a 100k + capacity FB stadium, right across from a really nice basketball facility, with a baseball field close by reminiscent of a minor league park. A brand new state-of-the -art hockey facility just opened ... and below that is an indoor FB practice facility with another brand new facility right across the street which I'm not even sure what it holds.

      All this on a large campus facility that is not cramped in a space where you can find room for it, with even more room to expand.

      Even PSU exhibition games against the likes of Akron pulls in 90k fans, and they are always on TV.

      PSU has a significant edge in recruiting, like it or not

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    3. I just read Slippery Rock is going to play in the Big House (Michigan) next year.
      They played there a few times... probably bring in more than 65,000 for a D2 game!! lol Thats cool.
      You would think PSU would host a D2 game every year from the PSAC.

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  35. hey doke, when you post your ODU game summary.... can you give us your opinion on our dbacks? I thought Pitts and Williams at corner would be a strength for this team and make our pass rush (without blitzes) more effective. Seems pitts and Williams are consistently getting beat 1 on 1 including last night by some very pedestrian receivers. is it the scheme? Are they not playing to their potential? Are our safeties the issue? I also hear Jevonte Pitts is someone the coaches really like at safety. thanks.

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    1. The issue is DC House.
      Players didn't change from last year (8 of 11 starters), only the DC changed.
      ODU gained more yardage than Pitt!!!
      I forgot, stats don't matter only the win matters.
      I think Savage has some lingering effects of the concussion.

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    2. If House doesn't grab that face mask on the opening drive or if he turns to see the ball on the TD they don't score. Changes a lot

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    3. Savage is having lingering effects from always being just a mediocre quarterback. It's not a knock on him, it's just the truth. Savage has come back to earth as a player and the poor pass blocking has caused Tom to have happy feet. With Price's injury, the defensive end depth is really bad. I'm starting to wonder if this team even has two wins left on the schedule.

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  36. Chris, I would also like to know your opinion on why Todd Thomas didn't play.

    My take? This stupid defensive coaching staff wanted to make a point w/ him - that he may miss an assignment even though he probably would have led thye team in tackles.

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  37. I have immediate family in Phoenix and visit there 3-4 times a year....
    want to AGREE with "talent" (above) ==>
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    It is nauseating & disappointing to see Larry Fitz doing commercials for UofP. He is a PITT PANTHER !!! What is wrong with the ADMIN here....? Why don't the people that surround the AD ...the SID...the Chancellor.....GET IT?
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    Don't they know how to build a brand?
    If you want to sell tickets and build a program.....it is certainly more than having a "telephone list and a telephone bank of callers and dialing for $$$"

    Treat your treasures and assets with respect. Bring them back into your community. Make them work for you and your program. Get it? THAT pays dividends over and over again.

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