In the journey of Robert Bolden lies lessons we all can learn from.We've seen ugly arguments on BSD this season, but I actually think the worst were the McGloin/Bolden debates. By midseason, even the most ardent Bolden supporters (myself included) admitted that even controlling for opponent, drops, luck, magic, etc., the offense was more effective under McGloin's leadership. This was only after months of angry, personal, arguments Bolden supporters. Then, today, after an abysmal performance, Bolden is claimed to be the worst PSU QB ever. I'm not optimistic, but is it really fair to place a ton of blame on a player given all these circumstances?
Why do we see such extremes when it comes to Bolden? My belief: his recruiting rating.
Bolden's support had less to do with a clear analysis of his mechanics, our perceived effectiveness of his leadership, and the offense's production under his watch, than it did our hopes and dreams for PSU based on the expected product of his recruiting ranking.
This is just a simple plea for all of us to take a deep breath in February and another one in the fall. While there are plenty of studies that show that recruiting ratings correlate with winning, there are many, many factors that determine a player's on field success. Maybe it's not worth the ugly comments debate on players that we really don't know that well.