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Welcome to this edition of the pregame show for Syracuse versus Pitt.
I'm trying to make sure everybody's audio is going, so let's kick it over to Christian and Kevin.
You get a year E.
Everyone would be better game than last week.
That's so so we're gonna transcription is different this weekend.
About five things a little.
Today we'll start with you, your five.
Your thing to look for was the defense.
Can they replicate the performance that we saw last week against you and say, Yeah, because I'm not really sure if the good defense that we saw when they held U.
Thio only 10 points in the first three quarters was due to a lack of tape on the 335 and how that scheme particularly works, or if the defense is just good.
In general, we know that it's a young defense as well that obviously it doesn't have a lot of tape on it, either.
In terms of what playmakers conduce, we're looking at the young guys that Eric Williams and Steve Lynn Stefan Thompson as well, even if you look at the rest of linebacker group Michael Jones getting his first riel starting experience.
To an extent as well.
So Pitch should have the tape on the Syracuse defense, and you would think that that preparation would at least allow pit to prepare a little bit better in terms of how to attack the Syracuse defense.
Um, I think everyone can agree here on this call.
Is that Pitts offense? It's not nearly as good as U. N.
C s, so if that plays a factor as well, that might lead to Syracuse's defense looking better.
But all in all, if the defense can hold strong like they did against you and see, maybe there's something to say that the 335 would be a good scheme.
Thio give Syracuse a couple of winds down the road, and some of the coin flip games that we've seen on the schedule.
Yeah, definitely puts puts ahead of the eight ball.
So it Z from what we've seen out of one game, like you said, it Z definitely unique system that's tailored to the people.
We've got three young kids look good, so it should hopefully, you know, come to fruition and they'll settle in even more to it.
So can't go wrong there.
So, Steve, you are looking at the lines today.
What? What? What particular, For example, that the voluntary keys.
Um, Well, actually, Christian, I were talking before the cast.
The notes came out on the travelers for Syracuse.
And Pat Davis did not make the trip for Andi, Of course.
Dakota Davis, Who we Well, we didn't know but assume was still injured.
Um, they didn't make the trip, so the line that was already thin is a little thinner.
Um, pet has been a backup their guard for the last two years.
I think it was a backup tackle as well last year.
Um, so they Elmore and Darius says they are definitely getting all of the reps, or I mean, they're gonna go a little deeper in the chart.
So if they want it limits some of the plays you saw last week where l'm or actually moved back to the backfield, I believe, was the second Siri's.
There were a couple of plays where he moved back to fullback and Davis came in, so it kind of it'll.
It'll probably neutralize that or force that into, um, you know, like Luke Benson or Aaron Hackett playing that fullback role.
Um, I've met in general the line play.
I wrote way too many words on it last week, and it's, um yeah, it was the thing.
The tangles look salad. The guards looked salad.
Actually, I don't know.
Dino said he or somebody created him out is the best one there might have been.
Pff might have been something Dino said.
I can't remember where it was.
I don't think he was the best guy out there, but he was pretty **** close.
Like he held his own.
He looked as comfortable as any guard would.
So, um, not worried about that at all? Uh, right up the middle, we'll find out as the season rolls on.
But whether rave elastic from U.
Is a world beater, a all American candidate.
Or if Carlos Federal just got blown up that much, Um, hopefully, I mean pits all American DT from last year whose name is escaping me decided to forgo the season.
So we're not gonna be seeing him.
Yeah, yeah, I know.
And, uh, so at least we don't have to deal with that, but it's still gonna be one of the better defensive friends in the league.
So e the lines got their work cut out for him.
Uh, as I will always stand.
Everything will start from there whether to veto ends up on his back, whether way end up passing for 400 yards.
We'll see where that goes.
And on the flip side, our guys should hopefully have a field day and put the Carl Krauser of Pitt football away on the ground a couple of times at least.
So, brother, just quickly touch on on your point on Elmore.
Baber said, um, that baby Bush was basically commenting on the people who are, you know, dissing Elmore for being.
Oh, it's a fullback slash tied in, uh, playing on the old line for the first time in his college career and basically said, Yeah, he was.
He performed pretty well.
I don't think I don't think he e don't think either.
Pfm always said like he was the best Steve O line guy, but they said, But he said he performed up to his expectations and that, um and that Elmore shouldn't be looked at as the problem in terms of why maybe the old line did and look as good as people thought it was.
Hey, thought that more did pretty good like you, said Steve, and I think that he'll probably get tested as more teams have tape on him.
But for first outing in the college game, when he mainly played as a full back or a tight end, even a defensive lineman.
Not that Yeah, and it seems like Gilberts keeping a lot of that.
You know, between zone reads and like our pos and also the counters like there were a lot of counters, a lot of quick counters, a lot of counter trade type work.
Um, that plays to his strengths.
So it'll be good to see.
The only problem with is a lot of that, um, a lot of that play actor.
A lot of the polling also leaves the center for one on one situations.
So it's also gonna test federal.
What happens is this, uh, old line experiment continues week.
The week, I guess, and And trust me, l'm or is it the experiment? You mentioned Gilbert there, and and John's Point was about everybody's favorite whipping boy this week. Tommy DeVito.
And he makes some positive strides.
And so the veto himself said this week that, um, he's gotta be a little bit quicker, you know, he said that Syracuse offense was just a little bit off last week, obviously, to a lot of fans to watch.
That saw the team that couldn't score a touchdown.
They think that there's a lot wrong with the offense.
What are you looking for today from DeVito to show you that maybe he is going to be willing to take a little bit more risk and chances, I think diversity in his target selection, We saw a lot of good looks to other other wide receivers other than Todd Harris e mean, draw.
Johnson obviously have a dropped touchdown, but I mean, it was a good it was good.
Look, Anthony clearly showed that he, Jim find himself open presentation yardage at least 10 15 yards.
Um and I think a lot of people not sure.
John mentioned about a lot of people mentioned that Davidow needs toe Mawr quickly get office first initial read, which is almost always Hodge Harris, Andi it tends to tunnel in too much are trying to get the ball of Harris, which worked in the way when you had someone like a Tristen Jackson last year who could make Mawr athletic place.
But Harris hasn't quite shown that yet.
Uh, if Harris develops that over the season, yeah, maybe you can tunnel in on Harris, but more right now.
There's a lot of other options that are available not necessarily towards the outside, but to the inside of the field as well that the veto should be looking at.
And maybe that could also in turn, free up Harris form or of the initial first looks that the veto wants to go to later in the game.
Yeah, and actually touched on that.
A little be, um you mentioned him locking in on Harris and Harris, not quite having like, I remember your face.
But it was about the athleticism of Paris, and I would I would counter that with he's shown plenty of athleticism once he has the ball in his hands.
But someone like a Jackson or, uh, you know, formerly any of you know, even Custis any of the recent guys have had Israel.
Any of those guys have had that athleticism to get the ball in their hands.
So it seems a little different with Taj.
Like once it's in his hands, he's done.
He's even done some magic in the one week we've seen, but getting it to him is gonna be the what we do and how we do it, Uh, try and make the difference.
So I'll be curious where that goes.
Yeah, that was, You know, Andy's point was, what other offensive weapons? What we see in mind was the tight utilization of the tight end.
And last week, Baber said that they saw some tape in North Carolina, thought they could attack with four y, as we've all talked about during the week, a za game went on.
Benson and Hackett, when they were on the field, were used in pass protection, primarily against a strong defense on a strong defensive line like pit and with a quarterback who might be struggling to get to read.
How do you How do you see the Syracuse offense trying to utilize some of these other guys make it easier on the veto? Well, I know we had talked about in the slack prior during the week.
How? And I kind of brought it up my own line piece.
How the the running backs didn't look that great as faras pass blocking.
I mean, George Jordan, you wouldn't expect it out of, ah, you know, smaller guy piers just in an experience thing.
I mean, he had a couple of very solid steel blocks.
He also had a couple of you completely whiffed on, um, did the old chicken wing, which is, like, the whole island's worst nightmare.
Um, the one thing I thought that you might see is either the tight ends or some of those running backs, uh, leaking out on a little delay route almost is a complete check down for the Cube, where you know, if DeVito is hanging out his first read too long, that delayed release can also give him a quick check down.
It just it kind of counteract the tendency for him to lock in on a receiver.
It gives him another late showing guy that he doesn't have to think where his next progression is.
He just always look down where the check down is.
Um who knows if it works? Who knows if it's something that even utilized, But it was just something I kind of thought off for me.
I'd like to see some creativity and how people are.
You mentioned Elmore moving into the backfield.
You know, I watched a few NFL games on Sunday and watch how teams move around their best weapons.
And so when you look at someone like Jaguar Jordan, maybe he's not lined up at running back every time.
And he goes back to that sort of role that we saw Phillips in where, you know, sometimes it's in the backfield.
Sometimes he's in the slot.
You've got a guy like Benson who has speed.
Uh, maybe Benson or Hackett are lined up next to DeVito in the backfield, where they could make a chip block on a D end and release something that hold the linebackers.
That one thing kind of going back looking at some of the footage was what Carolina did was a lot of times they came delayed with their linebackers and chest.
Surat, obviously an NFL type player, was able to read and pick the spots and you know, some of those Russia's that came and forced the running backs to step up was because the u.
N C the linebackers were kind of coming delayed, looking to see where they get the rush lanes were, and Syracuse had no nothing to hold them.
You know, when you watch some teams with how the scheme, you know, toe create confusion, Pat Narduzzi is gonna probably look to get pressure on DeVito.
You know he's gonna expect his defensive line to dominate the game.
But if you could force them, you know, if you console that pass rush with some of those delays a draw, you know, moving guys around the formation, I think for Syracuse is kind of struggling to find that rhythm.
Those sort of things can be potential to open up some big plays and something we saw from you and see also in terms of their rushing attack or getting the balls to their running backs.
Or obviously, the most effective offensive weapons for them on that day was sort of those leak out players where you had Williams and Carter moving out a little bit to the right or the left and and how was just throwing the ball to them, and then they ran to the outside and gained not a lot of yards, but five or six yards.
And that's all that.
Syracuse needs to just get a little bit of momentum going.
Talked a lot about how the rushes up the middle only went for one or two yards.
And that's not the way that Syracuse, uh, could generate any tempo.
And that's what led to a lot of the three announced that we saw in the second half.
But when we saw U.
N C League, Williams and Carter are now to the left or the right.
That was sometimes that was first option on his first read, to throw them right to hiss side again a not a significant amount but a good chunk of yardage to get to a first down marker on.
That's the way that Syracuse can endeavor to move the ball in the future.
I think that's something that they should consider doing in terms of expanding their playbook, Deena said.
That they're still looking at some place that our playbook and that it's a relatively small playbook to start the season with.
So if he has a couple based to the offense.
I think that's something that could help the running backs just get going in the first place.
They did find a good rhythm in the second quarter last week, and I was surprised when I went back to chart the first downplays that.
I think it was like six passes in a row.
Um, you know, in one driver the stall because DeVito misquote really when he was wide open.
But that was definitely set up because they went, I think too short passes in a row to the right side.
Uh, they got the ball past midfield and then looked left deep and caught, you know, Carolina flatfooted.
You know, the throw one of those stories to be told needs to make, But they did seem to find that rhythm.
There was that one drive where Jaguar Jordan started up 2020 yards behind the line of scrimmage thing.
The idea that, uh, the idea is to catch that swing pass on the move so there are little bits and pieces, but, you know, and what was interesting is they're having success because DeVito was throwing to get different guys s.
I'll be curious to see if they go back to some of that at least early in the game rather than try.
And, um, you know, Dino said that a lot of these calls are our post that the Q B has to make the decision.
And I think, you know, maybe he should just scripts, um, place to start this game and see if we could get the offense moving on.
Ben, you know, go back to trying toe, you know, use the past to establish the run.
And I'd be curious to if we see a little bit more working across the middle of this week, not only from the fact that you know, pits defense is good, but their front four is gonna be there, you know, meeting potatoes.
Their linebackers aren't gonna be as good as a Surat.
So without him kind of roving that middle of the field and taking up some of that space, you might see a little more quick, you know, quick across the middle routes and, you know, dump stuff, running backs, leaking out, that sort of thing.
So I don't know.
We'll see you talk.
Kevin, you talk about our pos.
How many times the past couple of years have we seen an R P.
Where Hackett starts a blocking in the media who runs five yards upfield, makes a catch and then goes on for another 10 15 yards.
So long as you don't have an illegal man downfield, that's a great way to get the ball moving.
And we've seen that a number of times in a single game throughout the year and then goes to your point as well of trying to get the tight ends more involved than they were last week.
Now the question is last week, how many are posted? We see, actually pulled in past because, to my recollection, it was pretty close to zero.
Yeah, like there were numerous times where I was watching a lot, especially when I was going back and re watching.
And I'm like, they're gonna pass pro.
Must be an r p o like, Okay, it's a handoff, and they're doing nothing with Alright, cool.
This is This is something so that might be something we need to work on.
Not not even DeVito's give versus keep usually seems to be a pretty good read.
It's the give versus past that? I don't know.
We'll see if that develops a little, I guess.
Or maybe, you know, Unc just didn't give them anything.
And Pitt may absolutely.
All right, So we're getting close to kickoff.
So how about predictions? Do you guys think we're going to see today? I'm kind of shocked that people still think that we can win this game again.
I think everyone in the in the staff thinks e I don't think anyone of the staff really expected I saw your tweet earlier in the week.
Did you realistically expect Syracuse to enter the new game at the Dome against Georgia Tech next week with anything but too? Oh, and to record on, I think a realistic fans would say no.
And I think all of us have predicted that as well.
I personally went 24 6 in favor of the Panthers because I think this game will actually play out a lot similar to the U. N. C game.
We will see good defense from both teams and then the defense will gas out in terms of Syracuse's side because that offense just can't stay on the field long enough to give the defense time to recover.
E really shouldn't be.
I don't think it will be surprised to see almost like an exact carbon replica three game from last week against U. N.
In terms of the defense getting tired out in the fourth quarter on DNA because of their fault.
But just because the offense can't get anything going.
And so that's why I think it's a very similar scoreline, that we'll see.
Yeah, similarly, e think it'll play out pretty, pretty close. I think.
I think that Syracuse ovens a look a little bit better.
I think things will be clicking a little more.
You know, maybe we actually enough have touched down on the board.
Um, worst case scenario and Francisco could go pick six or trail or somebody.
That's fine, too.
But I have been for 24 14.
Pretty much it seems like same thing that you're expecting pit to dio.
But, you know, maybe a little bit more of the offense.
Just with a week of working on some of the hitches they saw last week, there were plenty, right.
Pitt, I think Narduzzi is gonna wanna play this somewhat conservative.
You know that he believes that it's gonna be a challenger in the a C.
C Because of the way this season's going.
I think you know, team, they're gonna want to try and play this close to the best of possible to keep that sort of advantage going into what they perceive as tougher games.
I think we'll see a little bit more from the Syracuse offense and that will obviously if he's defense, um, to have a chance to be more successful, I think they can slow down the passing game.
I know that Narduzzi loves pick it, Um, but I think that that plays into Syracuse is defensive strength.
I just think that the orange, uh, I don't expect to see the red zone issues solved in a week and I think ultimately that's what's going to keep this from getting a road upset.
But like you said, Christian assumes the schedule was revised and we saw these two games on the road with what happened from spring ball through the summer and guys opting out and all the changes happening.
I think realistically oh into was what I expected.
I would like to see a better offensive performance today to feel more positive heading into the home game next week.
Yeah, keep in mind.
Also, keep in mind also, Syracuse hasn't won at Heinz Field since the first time that these two teams played at times.
Feel back in 2001.
Eso that adds to that factor.
Some guy for Syracuse named short Nunes was at quarterback.
I'm not sure if you guys have heard of him or not.
Can you bring the bell? Yeah.
Nothing like having the names.
They come back on a fun fact.
God, I wonder how many people still think he runs this flag.
You know, it's gonna say you see the back end of the Twitter feed a little more than anybody else.
Born to Facebook feed then on that.
You never disappoint.
Well, um, a pleasure, as always.
Thanks for stopping by for the pregame, and we'll talk to you guys later and go orange the orange unless you go with you.