Pitt defeated Villanova on Saturday, 28-7, but had some problems along the way.
There were some botched snaps, offensive line/blocking issues, missed field goals, and more. In addition, a fumble was forced and returned for a touchdown, accounting for the Wildcats’ points.
Pitt has work to do, but head coach Pat Narduzzi isn’t among those too concerned.
“I think we’ll be okay,” the head coach said. “I’m not worried. We’ll improve on that. We’ll make that improvement. I’m not worried at all.”
Coaches frequently like to express a lot of concern about mistakes. But while Narduzzi doesn’t want to see those kinds of errors that occurred Saturday, it doesn’t sound as if he’s going to be losing sleep over them, either.
Narduzzi was actually asked in a follow-up to explain why he’s not concerned.
“Some guys like to push the panic button. But I’m not worried. We’re smooth.”
“Execute” and “Communicate” were also two words he frequently used during the Panthers’ press conference following yesterday’s game.
I’m with Narduzzi here. It’s way too early to be concerned about every little mistake and as I wrote before, no team is completely polished in time for their first game. To be honest, the confidence is pretty refreshing. My guess is that if we’re still seeing these mistakes four and five games in, that tone will change.