Former Nittany Lion quarterback Anthony Morelli signed a free-agent contract with the Arizona Cardinals in the aftermath of the NFL Draft, in which he was not picked by any team.
A glance at this morning’s Arizona Republic fails to find a mention of this momentous signing, as if to wish it away.
Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt, a former Steelers offensive coordinator, has been recognized as an offensive genius. Perhaps he saw something in Morelli that the rest of us did not?
Former pro scout Tom Marino, who has 30 plus years in the league, is pretty high on Morelli as a project.
â€œHe has all the tools you look for in a QB; an athletic body, very strong throwing arm and far better movement then I had expected, but is acutely under coached and unprepared for the job of being a professional QB.
Has a violent overhand delivery and when he’s on his game has as much ability as anyone in the draft. Can make all the throws; out, dig, fade and comeback. Going to have to start from square one with this player, but has a big upside. A 6th – 7th round steal.”
He is indeed a project, a reach, a zircon-in-the-rough. However, one meta-fact I can glean from Marino’s comments is that PSU has a reputation for “undercoaching” quarterbacks. The JoeJay approach is a quarterback spoiler. That’s for sure. Whether Morelli would have done better in another system, we’ll never know.