This past weekend, I was visiting friends in DC when I received some startling news. My PSU friend grew concerned when he saw a distraught look on my face as I exited his bathroom. When we were in school, La Bamba (burritos as big as your head!) was still around, so my friend knew what my expression meant. Instinctively, he began looking for the Liquid Plumber.
I shook my head, and said, “No. I just got a tweet that Matt McGloin appears to be in line to be the starting quarterback.” Undeterred, my friend grabbed the Liquid Plumber. And 2 shot glasses…
Walk-ons from Scranton should be my favorite players on Penn State’s roster because I’m from northeastern Pennsylvania and did not get a free ride to college. So, in that sense, I’m as accomplished as McGloin already. Well, I don’t want to face Youngstown State in 2 weeks, and I certainly don’t want to see McGloin on the field either. To help illustrate my concern, I’ll put my argument into terms that Scrantonians can understand.
Matt McGloin CANNOT be the starting quarterback because he’s about as fast as:
Let’s face it- our offensive line is going to be a trainwreck. Aside from not crashing his Studebaker into me, I cannot think of a positive thing Dick Anderson has done in the last decade. Since he’s in charge of the guards and center, it’s pretty safe to assume that Stefan Wisniewski will be the only interior lineman worth his salt. As for the players not under Anderson’s tutelage, it’s far from a certainty that Quinn Barham or Lou Eliades is capable of being anything beyond serviceable. Against some teams, they will hold up, but not on a schedule that includes Alabama’s Million Dollar roster Band, Iowa’s Adrian Clayborn and Broderick Binns, and Ohio $tate’s Cameron Heyward.
So, what am I getting at? We need a mobile QB who is capable of scrambling out of drive-killing sacks. Remember how badly our OLine was abused by the Buckeyes last year? Well, with a pocket-passer like McGloin, we would have to limit our passing playbook to 3-step drops. That’s not going to cut it against our tougher opponents in 2010.
Matt McGloin CANNOT be the starting quarterback because he’s about as exciting as:
That’s right. Matt McGloin is as flashy as Dunder-Mifflin’s downtrodden HR rep. Do you think an $EC school like Alabama would come to Happy Valley starting a walk-on at quarterback? (Trick question- $EC teams don’t travel outside their footprint) But, no, they wouldn’t have a 1-star in the backfield because they understand that in order to beat a team like Penn State, you have to have high potential guys at key positions like QB. Sure, Greg McElroy isn’t Joe Namath, but look at his supporting cast. Do we have a Heisman Trophy winning RB? No. Do we have a Julio Jones? Again, no. Do they have Dick Anderson coaching 60% of their line? 3 for 3 No, no, NO!
Starting McGloin at quarterback is saying that we think we can beat Alabama with one hand tied behind our back. We’ll try to win by using a gameplan from the 1970s when the only "flash" on the field was a streaker. McGloin might be the “safe bet” that’s not going to throw into double coverage and give up a pick-6. On the other hand, he’s not going to do anything that gives us an edge on his own.
Matt McGloin CANNOT be the starting quarterback because he drinks as much as:
Ok, I don’t have any proof that he’s an alcoholic. But he is Irish. And he is from Scranton. Just saying…
Matt McGloin CANNOT be the starting quarterback because he has the potential of:
McGloin, like Kevin Newsome, has 3 years of eligibility remaining. Both have 1 less year of eligibility than the highly-touted freshman twosome of Robert Bolden and Paul Jones. It’s a foregone conclusion that Penn State will have at least a 3-year starter out of this group of quarterbacks. So, why delay the inevitable? Does anyone really think that McGloin is going to be the starter next year or 2012? Thanks to some nice recruiting classes, those years will feature stacked rosters. Combine that with more manageable schedules, and the future looks bright. That means that 2010 is the year for the QB of the future to cut his teeth. Every single snap that McGloin takes contributes to potential losses down the road.
In closing, Matt McGloin CANNOT be the starting quarterback because it’d be as big a disaster as: