For as much as we wail and bemoan Penn State's fate at the hands of the NCAA, it does bear repeating that the Nittany Lions are about to start playing actual football very soon, and it's much more fun talking about that actual football than it is to parse consent decrees.
So speaking of actual football, Bill O'Brien—who, we'll remind you, is working as his own offensive coordinator this year—is bringing his New England Patriots style of offense with him to Happy Valley. That means Matt McGloin's going to be front and center this season, and he is...actually quite all right with that. That's that famous moxie talking again.
Here's more from the Daily News, along with a statement by McGloin that will no way be regrettable whatsoever (emphasis ours):
"I feel good about Matt," O'Brien said. "He's definitely made a ton of progress. This is a guy, the more you're around him the more you really enjoy coaching him.
"He's a competitor, he's smart, he's understanding defenses better, understanding what's the best play to run vs. what he reads. It's been fun watching [the development]."
But obviously it's still just training camp. The real fun will be seeing if he can get it done to the level that O'Brien is seeking, starting Sept. 1 against Ohio.
"I'm definitely excited," said McGloin, who's completed 54 percent of his career passes, with 22 TDs and 14 interceptions. "I don't think we're too far apart, Tom Brady and myself. But sure, we've watched him a lot over the spring and summer. I mean, who better to try and learn from than him? Hopefully, we'll have some type of success like they did. But you can't expect to go out and be the same as the New England Patriots.
Now you may be snickering at this point. Doubtlessly author Mike Kern was when he tossed in McGloin's career numbers right before the Brady quote.
But there is a great measure of truth to what McGloin says! He is more correct than you realize! In fact, when you really look at it, McGloin and Brady are much more similar than you ever imagined.
- White guy
- United States of America native and citizen
- Two arms, two legs
- 10 fingers, 10 toes
- Big Ten quarterback
- Currently under the age of 40
- Listed at over 6 feet tall
- Has never been in Cliff Claven's kitchen
- Tom Brady: Seven-time Pro Bowler, three-time Super Bowl champion, two-time Super Bowl MVP, 300 NFL passing TDs
- Matt McGloin: is Matt McGloin
It should be noted that the toe thing is an assumption, but we'd have heard otherwise by now, right?
At any rate, these guys are pretty much the same guy. We're having a hard time even telling them apart right now. Hey, has anyone seen Tom Brady and Matt McGloin in the same room? We might have a Superman/Clark Kent thing going on here.
All jokes aside (and we've got jokes), it's good to see McGloin looking at the film and at the very least thinking, "Yeah, I can do that." And for as bad as he's been at times for Penn State thus far in his career, we should also point out that he threw only five interceptions in 231 attempts last year. So he's not making bad reads very often, at least.
He's not making great throws very often either, of course, but the outright disaster was rare.
But hooo boy, Mr. McGloin, all we'll say is this: Be prepared to be derisively called "Tom Brady" by particularly cocky players on defense early and often this year. It's going to happen.