Joe Paterno answered questions with the media following a 14-10 win over Temple, September 17, 2011. Photo: Kevin McGuire
The defensive side of the coaching staff and game planning has earned high marks. Penn State said coming into the game against Temple that there would be a very tough offense to worry about, and they held the Owls to ten points and fewer than 200 yards of offense, including holding one of the nation's top running backs to under 100 yards on the ground.
That should not go without praise.
But the fact that the offense continues to struggle is alarming, and the switching of the quarterbacks has gone on for too long at this point in time. Just when it appeared that the offense was starting to put something together under one quarterback, the other was inserted, and it was more back-and-forth throughout the game.
An identity will not be formed this way unless the coaching staff has made the decision that it will run with two quarterbacks, a move not endorsed by many.
Time management was also a concern at the end of the first half. Penn State wasted approximately 15-20 seconds at the end of the first half before calling a timeout on defense.
Cumulative Season Grade: D+
If the quarterback situation were set in stone, then the odds are good that the Nittany Lions would have a higher grade for coaching, but the most important position on the field continues to be a complete mystery to anyone following the program.
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