What a disappointing end to a disappointing season for the PITT football program. I’ll do a more in-depth final post when I can find some time but here’s a few thoughts after this abhorrent bowl game.
What I saw was a group of players that finally realized all that had transpired this season was real and it would be best to get the game over with as quickly as possible to put the whole 2011 mess behind them. The fire needed for a win and desire to get one just wasn’t there yesterday at all.
I’m not saying that critically either because I understand exactly why they felt that way. As Chas said earlier this was very much an exhibition game and literally meant nothing in the grand scheme of things. That is a strong opinion but after watching the Mustangs bend our OL and DL to their wills in the first quarter I knew that we weren’t seeing their best efforts out there.
SMU didn’t have the best lineman we played all year but we made them look like NFL types out there. They held us to 30 rushing yards. 30! That’s 110 yards below our season average. They literally manhandled our OL.
On defense we played the “Hot knife through Butter” scheme in the first quarter and that was enough to not only give SMU a 21-0 lead going into the second quarter but allowed SMU to put the rest of the game into cruise control knowing that with Sunseri behind center there was no way in hell we were going to close that gap, and we didn’t.
Look, this really wasn’t that unexpected, was it? After all the crap that happened over the last three weeks, on top of a disappointing regular season, the Football Gods were not happy with us.
It was a disaster all around and was a damn shame that our seniors have to have that as their last game to remember in a PITT uniform. There’s not a lot more to say about the game itself except for we are damn glad that the 2011 season is officially done.
Good riddance and let’s turn the page. We have a lot of positive things to look forward to starting with the fact that we now have a brand new coaching staff and one that looks to be more in line with what PITT football has traditionally been about. Now we fans on here can start discussing what we hope to see beginning with the rest of the recruiting season and our 2912 Spring Practice.
Speaking of which I’ll throw this thought out for discussion.
There are a lot of opinions being offered about the 2012 season being a “rebuilding” one in that the QB who should play (Voytik) can learn on the job for 2013. I’ve read this many times on here and on the message boards. To paraphrase; ‘If we are going to suck, let’s suck with an eye toward the future’.
I’m not going to sit here and say whether that is good or bad advice but I’ll add this; we on the Blather had been telling you that this was exactly what Todd Graham was doing from the first day he walked onboard and with that he was prepared to suffer losses this year to be assured he has his offense in place for 2012.
This was met with resounding criticism and anger by our readers in thinking that the concept should even be approached. “Graham is paid to win now“, “The seniors deserve the best year they can have“, “The cupboard isn’t bare“, etc, etc…
So, why would this to be any different just because Paul Chryst may do it? Let’s not approach this issue from what we know today about Todd Graham and his character, but from the view point of Graham going into the 2011 season basically telling everyone publicly that he was going to institute his offense no matter what.
So, how is it different if Chryst inserts a true FR QB knowing that it will cost us wins next season?