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Sunday, November 4, 2007
Concerns About DE Greg Romeus
Souf Side Complex - Pitt's Defensive Coordinator talked publicly for the first time about redshirt freshman, Greg Romeus. Coach Rhodes described problems with the young defensive end not fitting in and needing to change his ways.
"Greg came in here with little experience; but he wanted to learn. He said he was going to do whatever we told him to do. Sadly, that's not come to fruition." Rhodes stated that his defensive philosophy and Romeus' playing style are not a match. "We've been trying to get him on board all year. Everyone knows our scheme is to bend and usually break. Our defense is predicated on having non-aggressive guys who don't make plays and aren't aggressive. Greg is the exact opposite. He's out there flying all over. He's running guys down. Got a great motor and makes incredible plays. He's doing things on defense that no Pitt player has done since the late 80'. Frankly, there's no place on our team for a guy like that."
When asked about the consequences, Rhodes elaborated. "Greg hasn't started all year for a reason. We've been hoping he'd conform to the gameplan. Obviously he's struggling right now. You must remember, though, that this is only Greg's third year of football. We're confident that we can break his spirit...i mean...get him on board with our wishes."