ECU critics: Time to admit it! Like many who follow the Pirates, I have expressed concerns about offensive play-calling, on-field decision-making, and the team, overall, not showing the expected progress on game day. When this ECU football team was playing in an emotion-filled stadium at Marshall, behind by double-digits, and managed to play themselves into a win, a bit of cautious optimism was created. Falling behind by 14 to Charleston Southern left room for doubt to slide in, but East Carolina took control and dominated the middle of the game before giving the home crowd a scare, then winning by three. Saturday’s homecoming match with Tulane may have been the most complete game that ECU has played in the last three years. While play-calling was still concerning at times, the offense was much more dynamic and unpredictable. While the defense gave some, they pushed more and set the tone! Simply, the team looked prepared, and played a determined, aggressive style of offense and defense. They earned it on the field again this week. Three in a row! When it’s deserved, give the praise!