Thursday, October 11, 2007

Dave Wannstedt Wants To Get Fired

The only conclusion I can come up with is that Dave Wannstedt really hates Pittsburgh and wants to get fired from his current head coaching gig. Unfortunately I watched the Pittsburgh / Navy football contest last evening. What a dismal display of football from Pittsburgh.

In the back and forth affair, Pitt could do nothing to stop Navy's running game. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Navy could do nothing to stop Pitt's running game. So you have two teams slugging it out...with no real defense. Thanks to a last second missed field goal by Navy, Pitt is able to take the game into home.

So, both teams score touchdowns on the first possession. Sounds about right. On the second possession, Navy is held to a field goal. Now is time for Pitt to cram the ball down Navy's throat and win the game; right? Wrong...

Facing 3rd and goal from the 2-yard line, Wannstedt has his freshman quarterback attempt to throw for the victory despite the fact Pitt's offensive line is much, much larger than the Midshipmen's defensive line. Incomplete pass...4th and goal. So, the genius of Wannstedt decides to try to win the game now...don't kick a field goal and go into overtime #3. Okay...that's some guts. Obviously you're going to line up your fullback and tailback and power this thing into the endzone; right? Right?

Wrong...Wannstedt attempts a fade pass that falls incomplete. Pitt loses. Pittsburgh has now lost 4 games in a row, including a 30-point blowup at the hands of Virginia and a 20-point laugher at the hands of UConn. And now a double-overtime loss to Navy thanks to very, very poor play calling.

Don't get me wrong...I hope Wannstedt coaches Pittsburgh forever. Everyone talks about his great recruiting. Well, I see the 2-4 record that great recruiting has gotten them. And this will be the 3rd year in a row Pittsburgh doesn't go to a post-season bowl. They are horrible. And, if anyone in Pittsburgh cared about Panther football, he would be long gone before this season is over.

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