Pittsburgh is having a really difficult time adjusting to first-year head coach Todd Graham's offense. The Panthers rank 81st in total offense (370.3 ypg). Perhaps the most alarming stat is the 18 sacks (worst in the country) they've allowed – a vast majority of which because quarterback Tino Sunseri held on to the ball too long. That doesn't bode well for Thursday's matchup against South Florida who already has 11 sacks and 33 tackles for loss. In a recent press conference, Graham was fairly candid about
“I don't think there is much more we can do (to simplify) offensively. It is about as simple as it can get," Graham said. "It’s almost so simple that it’s hard to watch for me. We have to stretch the field horizontally and we have to stretch the field vertically. We're not getting the opportunities to stretch the field vertically like we need to. A lot of that has to do with not getting the ball out on time. We have done a lot of good things with running the football and that is an important part of it as well. I tell the guys every day we are really close to breaking through. We need to eliminate the mental errors."