Pitt may need new offensive coordinator

February, 5, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh is expected to resign and take a job as the quarterbacks coach with the New York Jets, according to a report by Paul Zeise in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Cavanaugh has been calling plays ever since Dave Wannstedt took over the program in 2004.

Cavanaugh, a Pitt alumnus, worked on the Baltimore Ravens' staff with new Jets coach Rex Ryan. Zeise reports that Cavanaugh did not join the rest of Wannstedt's assistants at a signing day reception for fans on Wednesday night.

Panthers fans have been critical of Cavanaugh during most of his tenure, blaming him for being too conservative and not creative enough, especially in the red zone. But Pitt led the Big East in scoring during the regular season in 2008 before falling 3-0 to Oregon State in the Brut Sun Bowl. Fans griped about Cavanaugh's game plan in that loss as the Panthers never seriously threatened to score.  

The Pitt offense already figured to undergo changes this offseason with the departure of star running back LeSean McCoy and an expected open competition for the quarterback job.

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