Saturday, October 4, 2014

Virginia 24 Pittsburgh 19

Another week, another bad loss. The loss itself was not unexpected, but the play was sometimes pretty bad and the team does not seem to be progressing at all. Other thoughts:

1. Chad Voytik is no worse at his position than most of the starters but when he's your quarterback he's going to really hurt your team. He's not awful, but despite Pitt's other many flaws, I think Pitt is 6-0 with an all-star caliber quarterback. It would be a weak 6-0 team, but 6-0 nonetheless.

2.  James Conner started strong, but with no consistent downfield threat he got bottled up as the game progressed.

3.  I feel bad for Tyler Boyd.  He's an amazing talent but he doesn't get to show it much anymore. He did have an excellent catch and an even better punt return, but the ineffectiveness from the rest of the team is hiring his production.

4.  Finally the tight ends got some throws and not surprisingly both JP Holtz and Scott Orndoff did well.

5.  The offensive line, like much of the team, seems to be regressing, and TJ Clemmings was a horror show.  Alex Officer cost Pitt one TD because he couldn't even snap the ball properly.

6.  The defensive line gets blown off the line continually and contributes no pass rush at all. Middle linebacker Matt Galambos has also done nothing and was actually replaced by Bam Bradley. Hopefully Bradley remains the starter.

7.  Ray Vinopal was the only player on defense that stood out at all, but there's only so much a safety on a bad defense can do.

Bottom line, this team will be lucky to be 6-6 this season.  You can only use the excuse of being young so much. Most of the players that play are not freshmen so it's not like there are a ton of freshman actually playing.  This team is mediocre at best if they were coached well, and I'm not seeing them being coached well. In the second half it was almost as if some of the players took it upon themselves to play well, despite the coaching.  I can honestly say I'm not excited for the future of the Paul Chryst era. But, hey, I've been surprised before and Chryst isn't going anywhere soon, so I suggest you suck it up and hope for the best.

17 comments:

  1. Chryst will gone after the 2015 season, this year 4-8 next season a much tougher schedule and probably a worse result than this year. Chryst and his staff are clueless.

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  2. Voytik is terrible. Need to look for a transfer qb for next year. We are 3-3 and things are spiraling out of controlc of terrible qb play. Time to see what Bertke can do. Burn the redshirt. Can't be worse than what we have in there right now.

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    1. Bertke played for a school in a small town in Western Ohio, he might have the physical tools but he is not ready to play behind a shakey offensive line and adapt mid season to the speed of the game.

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  3. FINALLY... everyone On-Board with realizing Voytik not a D-1 Quarterback ... let alone a GOOD one.

    Sometimes PROGRESS comes slowly.

    PittofDreams

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  4. Chad v... He is one of the most inaccurate qbs I have seen at college level this year..

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  5. Let's touch on your observations:
    1) Voytik is not great but shows some spark and actually has legs and can move. Problem is the offense is not designed to let him use those legs. I'm not ready to cash out on this kid just yet.
    2) James Conner gets bottled up because the offensive strategy is horrendous. A pee wee coaching staff could figure out that keying in on him shuts down Pitt's entire offense.
    3) Tyler Boyd is a good talent, but in the Pitt tradition often fails to come back to the ball when his QB is in trouble. Weak route running.
    4) JP Holtz looks like he could have pro talent!
    5) Does Chryst even realize how undisciplined his offensive lie and d-backs are?
    6) Then again how good can a d-back look with a defensive line that gets no push and pressure up front? Sad!
    *Q: has Pitt ever tried going to a hurry up offense this season? I think that would benefit Voytik and the offense.

    Buck

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    1. Yeah, that's what we need! An offense that can go 3-and-out even quicker & put the defense back on the field sooner! Brilliant!

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  6. In game 6 the OL should not have these pre-snap penalties. Offense is not very imaginative. Defense is porous. Add this up and one is hard pressed to see how Pitt will win 6 games. I, for one, am weary of paying good money to see an inferior product loss and then listen to all the rhetoric from HCPC.

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    1. Go to a Panthet function and listen to PC, it's like watching paint dry, really, it is.

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    2. How imaginative can your offense be when your QB can't look off his 1st read & can't hit open receivers?

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  7. For those advocating that Chryst needs more time, I'd like to understand, more time for what? What progress do you see that gives you any hope that this man and his staff are doing anything more than biding time?

    Many people go back to the Wanny-Heywood-Graham saga. People, that was THREE YEARS ago, that's an eternity ago in college football.

    It doesn't take three years to turn around a college program if you know what you're doing and have a good staff, because you're not limited by your draft status and seven draft picks. You can go from the outhouse to the penthouse very quickly in college ... IF you can recruit, and IF you can coach.

    Look at some current examples: Kelly at Notre Dame. McElwain at Colorado State. Freeze at Ole Miss. McIntyre at San Jose State. Broyles at Baylor. Mike Leach at Wazzu. Jim Mora at UCLA, to name a few. They've had three years at their current gig, and have it going on.

    Our guys have had -- or will, by the end of this season -- and are lost and clueless and heading in the wrong direction. And yet, there are calls to keep Chryst & company for "stability"?? I don't get it.

    Again I say, stability in college football is overrated. But even if it's not, three years is plenty of time to show what he can -- and cannot -- do. A not very impressive body of work is what I see so far.

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    1. Well said and great examples.
      Many of the Chryst supporters that advocate "give him more time" have turned on him albeit most will agree he probably won't get fired at the end of the season.

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    2. Maybe so Imma,
      But most if not all of those schools don't have other major sports teams and those college teams are the highlight of those communities.
      In Pittsburgh there's a lot to pick from, the Pitt basketball team has overtaken the football team in popularity and I think maybe the AD and the upper echelon at Pitt have decided to let the fruit whither and die on the vine. Clearly they have de-emphasized the importance and quality of the product they choose to trot out there every saturday.
      Look, they are satisfied with 15-20 thousand fans in the seats, a t.v. contract and the silly folks who pony up money for those punchless Pitt sweatshirts and hats. AD Pedersen and Company are the Hugh Culverhouses of college football.

      Buck

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  8. " In the second half it was almost as if some of the players took it upon themselves to play well, despite the coaching."

    There is no evidence to support this statement. Just an unnecessary shot at the coaching staff.

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  9. Doke - what happened to all the postings?? There were over 40.

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  10. I have to disagree with the vinopal statement. He got toasted on the long run. He went after the qb "look" up the middle and lost his angle again to the running back. He also turned his back and ran stride for stride with a receiver who was running out of bounds, instead of turning around and going after the qb on one of those third down conversions we like to give up. It happened between the 6 and 7 minute mark of the first half. Embarrassing. I did like Amara and his ball skills although he too whiffed on the qb run when we needed a stop!

    Need to slow down Conner. We have other backs, let's use them and rest the train a little bit. We surely don't want him going to the nfl as a 21 year old 28 year old, if you can follow that. He has too many carries on his body and will not last.

    I go with Bertke. Why the hell not. We know what we have after six games with our current crop. It is time to go to the pro qb look. That is what Chryst likes. Rumor around here is that braxton miller may be looking for a one year transfer because Barrett is currently passing him up. It will be interesting.

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