PITTSBURGH (AP) A month into the season, Pitt has extra quarterbacks (two) than wins (one). That’s not precisely how coach Pat Narduzzi drew it up when he named Max Browne the starter popping out of coaching camp.
But the Panthers (1-three) will take a 3-recreation dropping streak into Saturday’s nonconference recreation towards Rice (1-three) nonetheless looking for some sort – any sort – of offensive cohesion.
”Watching enchancment week to week, it’s not as a lot as you’d wish to see,” Narduzzi stated.
If something, Pitt could be going backward. The workforce that completed within the prime 10 in complete offense in 2016 is languishing at 108th after managing simply 235 complete yards in a 35-17 loss at Georgia Tech . Sophomore Ben DiNucci accomplished 12 of 19 passes for one hundred ten yards and a landing in his first profession begin however gave means within the second half to Browne, who went 10 of 15 for 88 yards.
An ”OR” remained between their names on the depth chart launched Monday, and Narduzzi is in no hurry to select a starter. Simply as he did every week in the past, Narduzzi will monitor apply to see if both of them seize the place.
”We don’t need to undergo a two QB system,” Narduzzi stated, mentioning the Panthers went by means of an analogous state of affairs in 2015 whereas making an attempt to determine between Chad Voytik and Nate Peterman. ”We tried not to try this, however we’re nonetheless to the identical level, `Who’s that man going to be?’ That’s the state of affairs we’re in proper now.”
Pitt finally selected Peterman two years in the past, a course of that was over within the matter of a few weeks. It helped on the time that the operating recreation’s success gave Peterman time to get snug as a passer. That hasn’t been the case for DiNucci. The Panthers are averaging simply 2.9 yards per carry throughout their first three-recreation slide of Narduzzi’s tenure due largely to an lack of ability to get the ball downfield. Pitt is 124th within the nation in yards per completion (9.eighty), 109th in scoring offense and 116th in sacks allowed.
So the Panthers at present are having hassle operating, throwing and blocking.
”It’s execution,” Narduzzi stated. ”We’re lacking blocks, not staying in our lane. We must be handing off right here and never handing off there. There are some numbers points (the backs) run into in the event you don’t go the immediately.”
Pitt’s meager manufacturing crystallized towards the Yellow Jackets, when the Panthers failed to show 4 Georgia Tech giveaways into factors. The protection wore down ultimately, giving up 436 yards dashing to the Yellow Jackets’ troublesome triple choice. But Narduzzi was happy with the trouble general defensively, saying it’s robust for any protection to stay efficient when it will get solely a brief respite on the sideline earlier than heading again to work. Pitt had eight three-and-outs and is 111th nationwide in third-down conversions.
Narduzzi hinted the Panthers might attempt to simplify the offense earlier than dealing with the Owls in hopes it helps no matter who’s underneath middle.
”It’s like enjoying flag soccer, for those who’ve obtained 10 issues on wristband and also you’re dangerous in any respect of them (it doesn’t matter),” he stated. ”You may even see the sport plan go slimmer so we will get higher at what we’re doing.”
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