Take on Pirate Sports
From the Anchor Desk
Friday, October 25, 2002
By Brian Bailey
Sports Anchor of WNCT-TV 9
Logan's passion is working with his quarterbacks
Pirate Head Football Coach Steve Logan could probably do
without the press conferences, the booster club meetings and all of the
other demands on a head coach.
The coach would rather spend all of his time in his role as
“As a head coach there are so many distractions,” explained
Logan. “There is so much negativity each day with dealing with so many
different problems. But I really love to teach.”
Logan has had amazing success with his quarterbacks through
the years. He thinks that success will continue with Paul Troth.
“The teaching of the quarterbacks gives me great joy,” Logan
said. “I’m having a ball with this youngster (Troth). Every time I’ve had an
opportunity, not only at East Carolina, but also throughout my career, I’ve
thought, man, this is the best one yet. Paul is really exciting to me. He
has a great chance to do something significant.”
Logan was especially animated on the subject of quarterbacks
earlier this week. After watching Troth struggle at times through six games,
the coach sees the light at the end of the tunnel and he's convinced his
young protégé will eventually emerge as a star.
“They all started slow,” said Logan. “I can bring out tapes
from 1994 and you would say there’s no way Marc Crandell will be special. I
can give you some 1998 David Garrard tape and you would say that guy needs
to play linebacker or tight end, that he’s not a quarterback.”
In Logan's estimation, it's just a matter of time and
“Be patient and it will develop," he said. "I don’t say this
pompously, but (with) the experience that I have been fortunate enough to
have, I think I can identify one when we’ve got one.”
Logan says that one play tells a great story about the
future at quarterback for East Carolina.
“Troth’s last throw against USF was absolutely
spine-tingling to me,” Logan said. “The 34-yard post route to Eddie Rios was
a play where the coverage rotated away after the snap. Paul saw it. It was
his third look and he put a laser beam on top of Eddie’s helmet where you
either catch it or die. I’m telling you, in that frame of film, there are
NFL Coaches that could teach off that in the pros.”
Pirates set for close-up look at
another great one
The Pirates are a 14 and a half point underdog this week
against Louisville. The Cards feature one of the nation’s top talents at
quarterback, Dave Ragone.
The East Carolina strategy on defense will be to try and
sack Ragone. A good pass rush will help, but the Pirate coaches say they
have to figure out a way to get Ragone on the ground. The players agree.
“He’s really tough to bring down, but we’ve got to find a
way to do it,” said Pirate linebacker Hosea James. “He hurt us with his
scrambling last year. The coaches really want us to concentrate on wrapping
up, and getting Ragone on the ground.”
If Ragone comes out hot, then it could be a long day for the
Pirates. The ECU offense probably isn’t quite ready for a shootout against
the Cards, though the Pirates have had success before at Louisville.
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