Commentary: Coaching Moves Upgrade Pitt

Bobby Engram will be a tough one to replace, yet Greg Lewis brings similar NFL experience and more previous coaching experience. Chryst also hopes to boost pass defense with the hire of Troy Douglas. The running game should benefit from the addition of John Settle. Whatever the case, there's a good case that Chryst has upgraded his staff overall.
February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Chryst Adds Former NFL Receiver To Staff

Just as he did with his first hire, Bobby Engram, Paul Chryst turns to another former NFL receiver in Greg Lewis. Lewis most recently served as receivers coach at San Jose State this past season.
February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

The Rumored (and not so rumored) Additions to the Coaching Staff

Since everyone is working from essentially the same news and reports, here’s what we have Pitt’s most obvious opening is to replace Bobby Engram at the WR Coach spot. Yet, the first breaking news was that Pitt has made a play to bring Troy Douglas from Iowa State to be the Defensive Backs Coach. Iowa State secondary coach Troy Douglas has been offered a spot on the Pittsburgh...
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February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Ravens solidify coaching at tight end and wide receiver...

Two player positions on the hot seat in Baltimore right now for do-or-die improvement are Tight End and Wide Receiver. But at least the Ravens went out and recruited two of the best assistant coaches in the business at those respective positions. Brian Pariani is the Ravens' new tight ends coach, replacing Wade Harman, who went on to take an assistant line coach job with...
Via Ravens Football Machine
February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Ravens to hire Bobby Engram as receivers coach

The Ravens are in the process of hiring Pitt wide receivers coach Bobby Engram for their receivers coach vacancy, according to two sources. Engram is highly regarded for his teaching skills, according to a source. Engram has one season of NFL coaching experience having worked for San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh as an offensive assistant during the 2011 season. Engram played...
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February 08, 2014  |  Discuss

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February 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Pitt WR coach Bobby Engram taking job on Baltimore Ravens' staff

Pitt wide receivers coach Bobby Engram is expected to take the same job with the Baltimore Ravens, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Engram, one of the first assistants hired by coach Paul Chryst two years ago, is one of Pitt's top recruiters. He also coached Tyler Boyd, who became a third-team All-ACC selection in his freshman season last year. Engram...
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February 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Engram Departs, Everyone Panic

The other side of the coin on signing day is that within days afterwards you see assistant and especially position coaches fired or move on to another job. Those that stay through signing day are the ones that have key relationships with recruits and the head coach doesn’t want to have anything change at the last minute. But after signing day… Rumors about WR Coach Bobby Engram...
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February 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Ravens hire Thomas Hammock as RB’s coach; trying to hire Bobby Engram as WR’s coach

The Baltimore Ravens have officially hired Thomas Hammock as running backs coach. Hammock is an 11-year collegiate coaching veteran. He has spent his past three seasons as the assistant head coach and running backs coach. Head coach John Harbaugh has described Hammock as a true teacher of the position and that is exactly what his team needs. Also there have been reports that the...
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February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Seattle Seahawks: Top 10 Players in Franchise History

While the Seattle Seahawks have only been in the National Football League since 1976, the franchise has seen its fair-share of quality players at multiple positions.On the offensive end, quarterbacks like Dave Krieg and Jim Zorn have put up good numbers and done their part, and running backs like Ricky Watters, Marshawn Lynch, and Curt Warner have rushed up the team's record...
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January 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Mustering The ND Hate

Sophomore TE J.P. Holtz got some minor attention for admitting to not liking Notre Dame and finding the school/coaches arrogant. Holtz, who scored a touchdown in Pitt’s triple-overtime loss last season at Notre Dame Stadium, said playing the Irish gives him extra motivation. “Personally, I don’t like Notre Dame at all,” he said. “It’s just going to make me go harder....
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November 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Recapping the New Mexico Win

Through two games, Pitt is -6 on turnover margin. Yet, it is fair to say that turnovers have been irrelevant to the 1-1 record. Oh, sure if Pitt hadn’t turned the ball over against FSU, it may not have been a blowout. But, no one can fairly (or without engaging in massive speculative fantasy) claim that Pitt might have won the game. With New Mexico, the only difference less turnovers...
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September 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Padless Practice? Who Cares? Actual Football Stuff!

Are we really expecting lots of information after the first day of practice? Real clues? In non-contact, padless practice? Don’t we know better? Sure we do. It’s just that it has been an eternity since any semblance of actual sport. After the off-the-field police blotter stuff. Recruiting obsessions. Parsing every puff interview. It doesn’t matter. Give us the crumbs! First...
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August 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Ganter leaves Penn State after 46 years

Veteran Penn State athletic department administrator and assistant coach Fran Ganter is retiring after nearly five decades at his alma mater. A former player, Ganter also served as an assistant for 33 years under the late coach Joe Paterno. He became offensive coordinator in 1984 and oversaw the offense for the 1986 national title team. Ganter became assistant head coach in 2000...
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February 27, 2013  |  Discuss

The Short Shrift to Defense

I’m going to let go of the decision to promote House to defensive coordinator soon. I don’t like the decision, but I’m not going to spend the next six months angsting over it. And I sure won’t be rooting for it to fail. But it is only fair to try and articulate some more of why I find this a bad decision by Coach Paul Chryst. Not simply reducing it to House’s lack of experience...
Via Pitt Blather
February 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Chryst Only Knows

Over the weekend while rumors percolated that House was looking more and more likely to be promoted to the DC postion; I noted on twitter that it seemed to be the sort of move that feeds the perception that Coach Paul Chryst only wanted to hire/work with other coaches that he knew on a personal level. That assumption was challenged. Actually, it was disputed with the claim that “several...
Via Pitt Blather
February 20, 2013  |  Discuss

DC Angst

I have to be honest. I haven’t thought or worried too much about the vacant defensive coordinator position. It isn’t that I don’t want to get it resolved. And obviously I want Coach Chryst to hire someone who is very good at his job (not to mention above average as a recruiter). It is just that I really didn’t expect a new DC to be hired until after signing day. Most rumors...
Via Pitt Blather
February 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Training Camp Battle – Wide Receivers 2012

The start of training camp is in just a few days and will feature an abundance of intriguing storylines and positional battles. The most competitive position battle that this particular camp has to offer is at wide receiver. 12 players each with different skillsets and qualities will vie for 5-6 roster spots. Who will make the cut? My projections and reasons for each player are shown...
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July 21, 2012  |  Discuss

What Is Chryst’s Recruiting Plan?

Anyone else figure it out yet? I mean aside from the whole size thing. If you recall, back in February Head Coach Paul Chyrst had a general press conference. One of the topics discussed was his approach to recruiting. The emphasis was on doing it smarter and better. Not having cattle call junior days. More advanced study of players by the coaching staff as to who they should recruit...
Via Pitt Blather
April 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Let’s Go To the Tapes…

Just for fun and on the day before the Spring Game I’d like to, again, throw out a few “Mic’d Up” links for you guys to watch while you are screwing around at work on a Friday afternoon.  These come off the PITT Spring Football Insider website and they are shot and recorded in 720p HD. These are great slice of life looks at our new staff and how they go about relating to...
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April 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Apparent Uptick on Offense

Well, after a post noting the lack of progress in the offense there was life spotted outside of Isaac Bennett. Not everyone will be happy since the signs of life did not include Mark Myers make a sudden and abrupt leap in his skills understanding of the offense. The noted improvements seen were from Tino Sunseri, Trey Anderson, the receivers and the O-line. Trey Anderson’s improvements...
Via Pitt Blather
April 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Receivers Relating Well To New Coach

For the seniors like Cameron Saddler and Mike Shanahan, Bobby Engram is their fourth position coach in five years.
March 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Spring Practice 2012: Who Are These Guys?

Between the new coaches, position swithces and the eligible transfers, there’s a lot to re-learn. Spring practice is already finished for the morning.  Bobby Engram in Pitt gear has happened. Yesterday, Coach Paul Chryst did the pre-Spring Practice press conference. He sort of said every position was open — and not really.  On if any jobs are wide open: “Eleven on offense...
Via Pitt Blather
March 15, 2012  |  Discuss

Trying To Feel Bollinger

I’m not all the way back in the swing, but I have to say that I need to post if for no other reason but to take my mind off some of the other crap. Thanks everyone for well-wishes and some suggestions regarding the vehicle search. I’ve got some things narrowed down. A new car is completely impractical right now. Couple that with two kids under the age of ten, and I could see...
Via Pitt Blather
February 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Everyone Has a Story, Part 1

One of my favorite things about signing day period is the day or two after. When the stories are told of these kids. I try to round-up all the local stories on each of the recruits. The kids who are getting a chance to have a full scholarship. Get to play football at the 1-A level. The brief chance to actually see the kids in their hometown when they are certainly the BMOC. We have...
Via Pitt Blather
February 02, 2012  |  Discuss

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