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Matt McGloin says QB rotation was a ‘killer’ for Penn State

Penn State football coach O'Brien instructs quarterback McGloin at his first spring practice as Penn State's head coach in State College AP

Right on cue with an earlier statement, Penn State coach Bill O’Brien announced last week that senior Matt McGloin would be the starting quarterback for the Nittany Lions this fall. The decision was a departure from the previous two years which saw McGloin share time with Rob Bolden, neither of whom separated themselves from the other.

Good, bad, right or wrong, O’Brien felt the need to make a decision and commit to it, at least for the time being. It’s a move that McGloin supports.

I think coach O’Brien did a great thing by announcing it early,” McGloin said, via StateCollege.com. “It lets me try to get control of the offense going into the season.”

McGloin is 5-5 as a starter and has been dreadful at times under center, but according to O’Brien, “did a very good job of being consistent” this spring. That was enough to put him ahead of Paul Jones in the QB race while Bolden slipped down to No. 3. Whatever the pecking order, McGloin says the depth chart needs to say “then” rather than “or.”

“It’s a killer to a team, in my opinion,” McGloin said of the previous QB rotation. “You have to have a clear-cut starter. The team has to believe in the quarterback. That wasn’t the case the last two years.

“If the (coaches) had put their trust into one guy, we might have been more successful.”

Fair enough, although one could argue that the previous Penn State coaching staff put their trust solely into McGloin for the 2011 Outback Bowl, which resulted in McGloin tossing five picks.

But…

“Now that everybody knows I’m the starting quarterback, I can try to earn the respect of the rest of the team, earn their trust and go from there,” McGloin said. “I can finally get my mind off of it and not worry about somebody nipping at my heels or whether I’m going to get this rep or that rep.

“I can focus on mechanics, watching film, working with the guys who are most important to me (on offense), work on becoming a leader. If I’m going to start Saturday, I can be at ease with my mind and just focus on preparing for the games and not worry about if I don’t play or practice well Tuesday or Wednesday.”

In theory, McGloin has a point. More often than not, a team is better off if they have an established quarterback. That said, I’m not sure he’s the guy to be talking about what’s good for team chemistry.

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14 Responses to “Matt McGloin says QB rotation was a ‘killer’ for Penn State”
  1. emaimo80 says: Jun 6, 2012 1:17 PM

    So was Sandusky

  2. seanmmartin says: Jun 6, 2012 1:19 PM

    The PSU offense was UGLY last year.

  3. spankygreen says: Jun 6, 2012 1:29 PM

    McGloin is 5-5 as a starter and has been dreadful at times under center, but according to O’Brien, “did a very good job of being consistent” this spring. That was enough to put him ahead of Paul Jones in the QB race while Bolden slipped down to No. 3. Whatever the pecking order, McGloin says the depth chart needs to say “then” rather than “or.”

    I’m still stuck on the dreadful part…..If McGloin was any good he would have separated himself at some point last year……..good luck Penn Stae with your selection…….

  4. seanmmartin says: Jun 6, 2012 2:00 PM

    So Bolden goes from the first freshman to start in 100 years at PSU… to possibly transferring?

  5. dhlions says: Jun 6, 2012 2:47 PM

    I agree with all the football related comments and am an occasional armchair coach myself, however given what O’Brien has inheritted let’s assume that the guy made the best possible decision given the circumstances.

    From a mental standpoint, maybe being named the No. 1 QB on the team is exactly what McGloin needs to get his confidence up which will in turn impact his play.

    The kid walked on from nowhere and a former NFL OC just named him the starter. He might not be great, but he’s gotta be doing something right.

  6. BrownsTown (the 1st one, not the new guy using my name) says: Jun 6, 2012 2:59 PM

    True, if there isn’t a QB rotation, his WRs won’t KHTFO.

    http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/7363615/reports-matt-mcgloin-curtis-drake-penn-st-nittany-lions-fight-locker-room

  7. lbijake says: Jun 6, 2012 3:27 PM

    It looks like that McGloin will hold the job until Jones is up to speed. If McGloin falters, Jones could be starting by the 3rd or 4th game. I am thinking this year is a transition year for the coaching staff to get their organization in place.

  8. yeti47 says: Jun 6, 2012 3:31 PM

    McMoxie again? come on O’Brien. I know you are our new fearless leader, but Jones was a superstar in that Spring Game. Jones will become the starter by game 4

  9. showerswithsandusky says: Jun 6, 2012 3:34 PM

    Jones is the best QB on the squad.

  10. nittanybluehen says: Jun 6, 2012 4:36 PM

    I find the blind faith in Jones to be totally misguided. So many people say he’s the best on the team as though it’s an obvious fact; like stating Tom Brady is the best QB on the Patriots.

    I’m not all in on McGloin by any means, but the fact that Jones was unable to beat out a guy that is as mediocre as McGloin says something about him. I just trust the guys who have watched these two in practice all spring more than the people who watched them play 20 reps apiece at the spring game.

  11. iownyou2 says: Jun 6, 2012 5:32 PM

    I really can’t stand this kid. he has been saying he needs to be the starter for 2 years and has done nothing during his time in that position. I can’t wait for Hackenberg to get here next year.

  12. joewilliesshnoz says: Jun 6, 2012 7:19 PM

    Jones is a stud ,’though he’s not the brightest bulb in the chandelier.

  13. whodoes says: Jun 6, 2012 11:50 PM

    Pretty self-serving stuff from McGloin. Maybe they wouldn’t have rotated him if he had played better? Take ownership of your own performance, young man. Don’t throw your old coaches under the bus with lame excuses about how maybe they would have won more games if they had just shown you more deference. Come on. (And if you think they won’t bench you this year if you stink it up…well, good luck with that.)

  14. psuravens19 says: Jun 7, 2012 3:41 PM

    iownyou2 says:
    Jun 6, 2012 5:32 PM
    I really can’t stand this kid. he has been saying he needs to be the starter for 2 years and has done nothing during his time in that position. I can’t wait for Hackenberg to get here next year.

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    I agree 100%… i can’t stand McGloin and can’t wait until he is gone.

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