The whole thing makes sense if you realize what kind of person Morelli is and Joe's priorities as an 80 year old head coach.
Yes, Morelli is to college football as Jay Cutler is to pro football. Passing numbers are good but he is quiet, not a leader, and fumbles like it's his job. This is the kind of player Morelli was in high school (where he fumbled and had a low completion percentage) so what were we supposed to expect of him as a college QB?
He has done EXACTLY what was expected of him. There are some positives. We mock the screen passes but it's a decent play when you know that pass is going to get out there quickly and accurately every time. Doesn't anybody remember Tony Sacca getting those passes to recievers on one bounce? Morelli also throws a lot of passes better than any QB in PSU history.
Morelli is a good passer but is not a leader and is not smart with the football, exactly what Paterno expected of him. If we had a QBs coach that could change this... that is a discussion for another post. Paterno likes Morelli. He's probably nice if not a little babyish (as shown by the no-show at the presser). He stays out of trouble... italian...
If you think from the perspective of an 80 year old man, his top priority is NOT a national championship like all of us blog-whores think. There is incredible interest in the program, he's graduating kids, and he still gets to do whatever he wants. If we contend for the big ten championship or national championship, that's a bonus. Whether or not those beliefs are what you believe should matter to PSU football is YOUR opinion.
Maybe this will change with the next coaching era. But for now, and for as long as JoePa is around this is what I expect and I will enjoy it. I hope Morelli has a good final game and I can't wait to see the next round of guys play football.
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