I've been giving this some thought, mainly because it was bugging me. Why does the Defensive Line always look like a coordinated, well oiled machine and why is it the Offensive line year after year is at least a big question mark but sometimes seems chaotic and in disarray, frequently well into the season? It's not a lack of talent, Penn State has recruited its fair share of great prospects, so what is it?
My theory is this:
The defensive line has one coach, Larry Johnson. One guy to create a single cohesive unit. One unit that seems to be synchronized, all working together under the direction of ONE GUY.
Now the offensive line is different. No offense to either of these gentlemen, who are fine coaches, but we've got one guy, Dick Anderson coaching up the guards and the centers and another , Bill Kenney doing the tackles and tight ends. It just seems to me that this isn't working very well, probably for a couple of reasons. More so than the D-line, the O-line needs to work in sync. Each guy needs to have a feel and comfort level with what the guy next to him does. They are individuals that are sort of tied together in a way. How do you do that when you have two different coaches, each coaching their own nuances into the player's tactics and skills? And I can see the players struggling a bit when it comes to taking direction.
Just like having a dual quarterback, I just don't think dual coaches works well. What does the Nittany Nation think?