Cignetti faces task in rebuilding Rutgers offense



PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — New offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti isn’t going to fix Rutgers’ anemic offense with razzle-dazzle, or an air-it-out passing attack.

Being a blue-collar guy from Pittsburgh, Cignetti has a simpler approach to right an offense that was among the nation’s worst last season en route to a 4-8 finish.

Everything starts with running the ball.

“We are going to take chances, and we are going to have big plays in the pass game. But, at the heart of the matter, is you have to be able to run the football. And that’s who we are,” Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said. “That’s the region we live in. It’s a tough guy area; a working man’s area.”