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Following two consecutive losses, what's next for East Carolina?

Greenville N.C. -- After a strong start, East Carolina has now dropped two in a row and Pirate nation is becoming restless. Inside ECU sports discusses the two losses and touches on where the Pirates stand four games into the season.

It has been a rough two weeks for the East Carolina Pirates. After a blowout loss last weekend to Virginia Tech, and losing to South Carolina the weekend before, Pirate nation is becoming weary of the direction of the football program. 

Two weeks ago against South Carolina, the Pirates were the best team on the field, and still managed to lose. Combine an inability to convert in the red zone and costly turnovers and you have an equation for losing.

In a 20-15 loss, winning the turnover battle is essential, and ECU definitely lost that battle. Philip Nelson threw two interceptions in the red zone, which proved to be the difference in the game. If you take away just one of those turnovers, ECU has a shot to win. 

Last weekend, against the Virginia Tech Hokies, ECU was just flat-out bullied. There is not much good to say about a 54-17 loss. Coach Scottie Montgomery and company seemed dazed and confused and could not find any answers for the Hokies' offense or defense. It also didn't help that ECU had one of the worst special teams performances to date. 

At this point, it is easy to point to the new coach, Scottie Montgomery, and put the blame on him, and to some extent he is to blame. He is the head coach after all. However, new coaches starting their inaugural season 2-2 is nothing new for ECU.

When Ruffin McNeill became ECU's head coach in 2007, he went 2-2 in his first four games. Coincidentally, one of those losses came on the road against Virginia Tech. The Pirates finished that season one game under .500.

So in conclusion, do not panic...yet. This week, ECU returns home to play their first conference game of the season against UCF. Coach Montgomery has been taking this week of practices very serious and it is clear how his demeanor has changed. He knows this weekend is a must win, and that dropping three in a row is catastrophic. 

In conclusion, I believe Montgomery and the Pirates find their mojo again, and pull out a 28-17 win this Saturday at home. 


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