Corey Giger of the Altoona Mirror hit a home run with his column today, at least from this Turkey’s perspective. His assertion: “PSU has been boring, predictable on offense for years but should get boost with coaching changes.” How can any fan who has been watching the 1980s Paterno offenses of the past umpteen years disagree with this premise?
“Penn State’s new coach undoubtedly will have more than one trick play up his sleeve — the reverse to a receiver that goes nowhere…” —Corey Giger, Altoona Mirror
This is one good reason that I welcome the forthcoming coaching change — and I hope it is a total housecleaning. Another good reason is that the BBDB defense that I’ve been whining about for years is getting dated, itself. Giger seems to make the assumption that the defense is sound, but I don’t believe that to be the case as long as today’s fast pass receivers are given 10 yard cushions. That, too, might have worked in 1986, but not today. It seems as if every offensive coordinator in the Big Ten knows he can beat Penn State with the slant across the middle a few times and then go for broke. Methinks the pass defense needs work.
In any case, Giger’s column is a worthwhile read. Like him, I hope that the new coaches completely revamp the offense to make it viable in the 21st Century.