Saturday, October 15, 2011

#225: High Octane Burnout

---SSL Broadcast #63---

After getting pasted in Piscataway, New Jersey, by the Rutgers Scarlet Knights last Saturday, it's probably time to give Pitt Head Coach Todd Graham's touted "high octane" offense a rest.

Hopes were high entering the season, as Pitt finally pulled an "out with the old, in with the new" when they let go of comfy alumnus Dave Wannestedt for the unknown Graham. Many believed that converting to more of a passing offense was what the team needed to step up and be noticed among other Division I-A schools..

Now it's clear that the engine (recruits) that was built by Wannestedt only processes low-octane fuel, as evidenced by the success on the ground of running back Ray Graham (I feel obligated to point out that he and the coach are not related...) and the sputtering of the air attack.

Quarterback Tino Sunseri has thrown for only five touchdowns, been picked off seven times, and is completing passes at an anemic 6.24 yards per attempt entering today's tilt with Utah. Freshman backup Trey Anderson's numbers are actually worse, but he's had limited playing time.

Graham needs to play the hand he's been dealt if he wants to be successful in 2011 and 2012, before his own recruits begin to take root with the high-scoring output system he desires. More Graham, more strategic use of Sunseri. Otherwise, it's like filling a diesel engine with regular unleaded.

Also on today's show:

- Sidney Crosby cleared for contact drills.

- Steelers try to keep momentum when Jacksonville comes to town.

- Pirates celebrate 1960 World Series.

- Mike goes 1-1 in his NFL picks (4-6 overall).  His World Series matchup (TEX over MIL) is in a bit of trouble, though after the Brewers are pushed to the brink.



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