Here is a three week late start for the Pitt Blather’s “Monday Morning Quarterback” series. There was so much going on with the new staff and the QB competition and rotation through the first three games I forgot to start writing these. If you remember the MMQB format is three points of Positives, three Negatives and then Notes.) Here goes.
(This is the first article in a weekly series of articles entitled “Monday Morning Quarterback”. I will try to post them two days after the football games are played so as to have our wilder emotions under control by then. It will be my take on the positives and the negatives we saw happen and a chance for commenters to agree or disagree and to add their own thoughts.)
A few things stuck with me Saturday afternoon as I left a Blather friend’s house after watching Pitt’s 17-13 win over Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. First was that it is very nice to get a conference win any way we can get it, and that is just what we did. Second is that no matter how a game turns out, good, bad, or middling, Pitt fans find things to worry and complain about. Check out the Game Thread posts if you don’t believe that.
I say this because I watched the game with three new friends who are long time (suffering) Pitt fans who, to a man, are convinced we’ll be a 8-10 win team this season… yet they were also sure, down to Pitt’s victory formation out of the huddle, that we were going to lose that game. Imagine that, Reed, who predicted 6-6 season and a close Pitt loss against VT calming those guys down off the ledge in the 4th quarter and assuring them we were going to come out with a win. Life is strange, eh? Of course, watching our balls to the wall defense kick the Hokies’ collective asses at every turn help my confidence we’d win a bit also. Which leads us to…
1. We may be seeing a rising and complete 180 degree reversal from the 2014 team in that we are currently relying on our defense to win games for us and that is what they are doing… with an excellent shut down effort on Saturday.