Preview 2018: Previewing and looking ahead to the East Carolina season with what you need to know.
Preview 2018: East Carolina Pirates
Didn’t you used to be East Carolina?
The program was once a regular on the bowl circuit, was an occasional pain in the butt for the local Power Fivers, and it actually played a little bit of defense here and there.
But now in Year Three of the Scottie Montgomery era, this will be either when the Pirates show that it took a few years to get back on track – and two straight 3-9 seasons get put into the Lumps Taken category – or that’s it, and we’re all talking about the new era of East Carolina football next year at this time.
It’s not just that ECU has been bad; it hasn’t even been close.
The defense has allowed 973 points over the last two seasons – that’s an average of around 40.6 points per game allowed. As good as the offense has been at times under Montgomery, having to hang up at least four bills every time out is too much to ask out of any attack.
But there’s a new defensive coordinator coming in, and David Blackwell gets seven starters to work around. Tweak that side of the ball – okay, tear it all down and start building it back brick by brick – and get more consistent offensive production without all the turnovers, and doubling the win total might not be asking for the world.
There’s an excellent fan base ready to rise up and rock the second the program is good again, there’s talent all over the area to draw from, and there’s that history of success, proving it really is possible to win in Greenville.
UCF went from winless to unbeaten in two years, USF rose up in a hurry, and Temple was among the worst programs in America before cranking up an American Athletic Conference title two seasons ago – and that’s just in the East Division.
It’s more than possible for East Carolina to soon be great again. It’s expected.