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09-03-2010, 12:17 AM
Ghost of Downie*
Join Date: Feb 2008
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2011 should be a good year considering the kids they brought in during the 2008 and 2009 recruiting campaigns.
Robinson was good, I'll give you that. Clark was very average, Devlin should have gotten the job but JayPa can't run an offense around a traditional qb as we saw with Morelli. Devlin got a raw deal and he knew it. That's why he bailed, he never got a fair shake. When I was at the Blue and White game in 2008 it was very clear Devlin was the better quarterback, most writers or fans there would have told you that.
JayPa is also an abomination when it comes to recruiting. He was given Ohio as his territory to recruit, but he hasn't brought anyone in two ****in years...he basically waves the white flag. He was fired twice already at PSU: once as the TE coach, the other as Head of Recruiting...but his dad keeps finding a new job for him.
In fact, no coach on the offense side of the ball does any recruiting at all. Only Bradley and Johnson make visits.....Joe hasn't left his house to recruit in two years now. They're really struggling this year getting kids. Pitt and Ohio State are cleaning their clock in western Pa...it's pathetic.
After Joe retires they're gonna blow the whole staff out, Jay won't be around too much longer. Moron has no business having his job in the first place, he only got it thanks to his dad.
Morelli was more of a bust than a failed weapon for Jay. The decision making that kid used was awful; he would have Derrick Williams wide open and underthrow a triple-covered Jordan Norwood in the endzone.
I have to disagree with you on Clark though. He was a very good QB; he doesn't have records in career TD's, single season passing yards, and single season TD's for nothing. He was stellar in 2008 up until his concussion in the tOSU game. The Iowa game was not good, but, in my opinion, he had no business being put in that game, definitely wasn't ready to come back. The loss in the Rose Bowl was no fault of Clark and the offense either. The secondary got absolutely carved up, showing how strong USC was in WR and how weak PSU was downfield. Last year, the O-line (outside of Wizniewski) was awful. Clark would drop back and have no time to set himself and throw; it's really a wonder how he passed as well as he did. Think of Penn State's losses last year. Iowa: rain, horrible special teams play, and getting decimated in the trenches. Same deal with Ohio State. Put the line that Morelli had in front of Clark, and I say they win both of those games (of course the special teams last year blew so hard that they still may have lost).
Is Jay the coach of the century? No. But I think he's found a nice niche as QB coach and an architect of the offense.
Let's not even talk about recruiting...If it weren't for Tom Bradley and LJ Sr., this program would be dead in the water (although Vanderlinden and McQueary do a moderately good job recruiting as well). They better keep Bradley and LJ on the staff at least, if Bradley doesn't get the job, for which I'm sure he'll be a candidate. My dream though is to have a guy like Pat Fitzgerald or Al Golden replace Joe with Bradley staying on as DC. That defense might be even better than the ones they've been cranking out lately, except for 2005 which was probably one of the best defensive years PSU's ever had. Lee-Pos-Connor as LB's, Tamba Hali on DE, Zemaitis, Harrell, Lowry, and Phillips in the secondary...It really pisses me off looking back at the Michigan game. If Lloyd Carr didn't get those two ****ing seconds put back on the clock, Penn State's looking at a possible spot in the championship game.
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