Opinion: Pitt needs a change at quarterback


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Dante Diulus, Club Member

The Pitt Panthers are in desperate need of a spark to their offense after a terrible start to the season.

Pitt last year won an ACC championship with Kenny Pickett leading the way and bringing Pitt football to its best season in 40 years. Pitt knew that replacing him would be a hard task, but they got the guy they dreamed of getting.

Kedon Slovis started his career at USC, where he had lost his job at the start of the 2021 season due to injuries and a coaching change just after two games. He still threw for 11 touchdowns compared to eight interceptions in limited action. 

Pitt was locked in on getting Slovis to be their next starting quarterback, as they should have. He was easily the most accomplished, experienced quarterback they could find. He threw 58 touchdown passes in three seasons at USC, and won Pac 12 Offensive Rookie of the Year in the 2019 season.

But there was one red flag: Ever since that 2019 season, Slovis seemed to take a step back every year. His development had stalled under Clay Helton and the USC staff. Pitt was there with the goal of picking him up and getting him to the NFL.

But the move for both Slovis and Pitt has not been ideal. The Panthers are 4-3, and a major component in those three losses have been poor quarterback play from Slovis. 

Last Saturday against Louisville, Slovis threw two killer red zone picks that killed the Panthers’ offensive momentum. Through six games, Slovis has five touchdowns and five interceptions.