Expectations can sometimes be good but they can also be a negative.
Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett is a perfect example of that. A year ago, after leading Pitt to an upset win over No. 2 Miami, he was the talk of Pitt fans and expected to be the next great Panthers quarterback. A year later, most of those same people believe Pitt is doomed because they don’t have a talented enough quarterback and Pickett isn’t the answer.
Unfortunately for Pickett and Pitt, that’s the nature of today’s sports, it’s a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately business.
A great quality that Pickett possesses is a confidence in himself and his ability to be a great quarterback. He’s not listening to the negativity and his only goal is to prove to Pat Narduzzi and himself that 2018 was a learning experience and a year that he won’t ever go through again.
Pitt QB Kenny Pickett working Gun 5 Wave Drill with WR added. WR goes when he wants, any angle he wants Flat/Speed/45. Qb allowed 1 Hitch which we Jump Stop Balanced to catch Depth/Speed/Angle of WR. Great jump stop, quick read and 2 ball by Kenny. @kennypickett10 @TEST_Football pic.twitter.com/CSrEJKhIUX
— Tony Racioppi (@Tonyrazz03) January 4, 2019
While some players are taking a break, Pickett has been back in New Jersey working out and looking to improve on things with his personal quarterback coach Tony Racioppi. The quarterback guru is a former record breaking passers and for years is someone that has tutored Division I and NFL quarterbacks.
Pittsburgh Sports Now caught up with Racioppi and got his thoughts on the current mindset of Pickett, what he saw from him this year and the firing of Shawn Watson as Pitt’s offensive coordinator.