It’s not exactly controversial to say that Pitt has struggled to find sustained success on offense in recent years. While the 2016 team had a prolific attack, key player and coaching departures the following offseason began the current period of mediocrity. Over the past 41 games, stretching back to the beginning of the 2017 season, Pitt is averaging only 24.3 points per game. Over that same period, they’re averaging 5.5 yards per play and 373.7 yards per game. To give these numbers some context, out of 130 current FBS teams over this period, they are 104th in points per game, 88th in yards per play, and 95th in yards per game. These numbers are decidedly below average and nowhere near where you’d want them to be for a team that aspires to win ACC titles.
Despite these lackluster results, there are reasons of optimism. Pat Narduzzi had enough sense to end the disastrous Shawn Watson experiment after the 2018 season. So Pitt has entered 2020 in Year 2 of new Offensive Coordinator Mark Whipple. They also have a Senior 3-year starter in Kenny Pickett and the Offensive Line returned 4 of their 5 starters. Pickett also had some new intriguing receiving options in Freshman Jordan Addison and Grad Transfers D.J. Turner and Lucas Krull. The offense began the season clicking in the opener against Austin Peay, racking up 42 points in the first half before the backups were brought in. Though it was only against an FCS program, it still gave reason to believe that the Pitt offense would be much improved. The hope at the very least is that the team won’t have to lean on their defense...
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