Greg’s Grades 2021: Pittsburgh

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The grades are in.
Brennan Armstrong returned and put up big numbers again. ~ Photo courtesy Matt Riley/Virginia Athletics Media Relations

Those who make a living telling other people how to appropriate their money on a sporting event had UVA as 14.5-point road underdogs for the game at Heinz Field. They were wrong as the Hoos lost by only 10. The larger problem for Virginia fans, though? The prognosticators should have been completely wrong about the 48-38 final score and the outcome.

The Hoos had multiple opportunities to win the football game, yet they did not. The coaches, players, staff not only did not make the plays and decisions to win the game, but they also made plays and decisions that, without question, contributed directly to the loss. These decisions and plays have been discussed and recounted numerous times since Saturday so I will not subject you to a repeat of them.

I want to talk more about the nature of the plays vs. the actual execution.

Several years ago, either late in the Al Groh era or during the Mike London era I learned a new football phrase. It either originated with Groh or it came from Pittsburgh Steeler head coach Mike Tomlin, and I thought it identified many of the issues of London’s time at Virginia. The term is “no talent plays” and it means exactly what it says.

There are plays in sports that only a select few have the talent