Those of us who cover Penn State often find ourselves in an awkward position. We can be too critical, sometimes force the issue when trying to make a point, but that’s just us doing our jobs.
But there are a handful of articles and other blogs out there that are must read for the Penn State consumer this morning.
Start first with Run Up The Score, a popular Penn State fan blog, has a completely detailed look at the horrid offensive play calling put on display this weekend in Ann Arbor.
When you are done with that, head over to either Frank Bodani’s piece in the York Daily Record, or Nate Bauer’s at Blue White Illustrated. Both hit the nail on the head.
I took a more direct, shorter and blunt approach, asking who steps up to lead this team against Illinois this coming week. You can read that right here.
The bottom line is this.
Something has to change and do so quick. Talent is being underused, the offense is too simple, the preparation for Saturday’s game is among the worst I’ve ever seen. And there is no excuse for this. None. Zilch.
It’s also time to consider some of the youth on this team. Guys like Stephfon Green. Yank the redshirt, play him now. Give him touches along with Royster and Kinlaw and forget Austin Scott, who is rapidly becoming the biggest bust in PSU history. Yes, H-I-S-T-O-R-Y.
And just for the sake of giving a team a different look, why not throw in Daryll Clark here or there? Scott’s accountability has been documented, why can’t the same mindset be used with Morelli.
And what of Morelli’s fragile temper? Some of the things I saw from him after that fourth down incompletion where he was screaming at Michigan fans, has got to stop. People are going to heckle you all day on the road, and for someone who doesn’t care what others think, he sure looked like he did when he turned and gestured towards the Michigan stands after someone screamed “Morelli, you suck.”
I have the growing sentiment that this team does not have much control of itself. I believe there are two sides to this team, the one that’s supposed to get the job done but is failing, and the one that does what it should. I’m not talking offensive and defensive sides, I’m talking about individuals.
When you watch this team you feel the sense of division, players aren’t on the same page as the coaches, players aren’t on the same page as other players. Players are too worried about themselves rather than the team (just a select few).
That’s all got to change. Or else this is going to be one long second half of the season.