As the Pitt football team prepares to travel to Cincinnati for its Thursday night conference matchup, Pat Bostick looks at the mentality and outlook of the squad.
Lombardi said it well. "It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you
get up." I'd like to modify his legendary words slightly if I may. You will get knocked down. You have the
choice to get back up. In the game of football, as in life, one's response to
adversity will come to define their character.
Pitt football team is faced with some adversity right now, there's no question.
Coming off a loss, they had a short week
to prepare for their conference opener against Cincinnati. How did they
respond? Coach Chryst was asked the question early this week.
"I love right now where this group is at and I think they've had
the right response," he said. "They certainly weren't happy with what happened,
but they weren't in the tank either. They weren't hanging their heads and I
think they saw the film and there's a little bit of 'we can and will do
anything' to change it."
That's a start. After any loss, no matter who the opponent is,
you've got to be able to turn the page. It sounds to me like this team came in
on Sunday, watched the film of Saturday's game, learned from it and moved on to
Cincinnati. Quite frankly, they didn't have much time to dwell on the past.
The Panthers went right to work. They had four days to prepare for
tomorrow night's contest against Cincinnati. There were improvements to be made
and they needed to be made fast. The good news is that the mistakes they made
against Youngstown State were correctable, but they were mistakes nonetheless.
Pad level, tackling and ball security. Some may think these things
are too fundamental or obvious to cite as areas for improvement after a loss.
Some might even call them "boring." But the truth is that they can make the
difference between winning and losing. Coach Chryst would know better than me.
"Some of the things that are boring and not exciting to hear about really do
make a difference," he said. "Those are the things that we get to go back and
really hammer on and reinforce."
Hammer and reinforce they did. I can assure this week of practice
was every bit as intense and focused as any. These guys worked. They picked
themselves off of the ground pretty quickly after Saturday's disappointment. They've
had a chip on their shoulder this week. That's a good sign. It doesn't
guarantee them anything. They still have to go out there and execute tomorrow
night. But it gives them a chance - an opportunity to turn this thing around.
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