A lot of things in State College will be different next season for obvious reasons. Bill O’Brien has been accepted in a lukewarm fashion, but no matter what, one thing is for certain- Penn State will run the New England offense next season.
Offensive line coach Mac McWhorter echoed Bill O’Brien’s intentions towards installing the system, “We’re studying a playbook and we will run the New England Offense.” While that’s all good and well, what he failed to mention was that O’Brien won’t be bringing Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski with him to Happy Valley. Okay, all joking aside it is a bit difficult to perceive how they can run that type of pro system with the personnel the Nittany Lions current roster has on offense. McWhorter added that starting QB Matt McGloin is “fine and ready to go.” While, that’s great and all, O’Brien (pictured below) will have a difficult time watching his clever, schemetic play calling translate into points with the current quarterbacks Penn State has. I won’t even get into talking about Rob Bolden.
Wide receivers coach Stan Hixon, formerly of the Buffalo Bills said Penn State will need a “smart quarterback who can read defenses and make decisions at the line of scrimmage.“ Without taking away anything from Matt McGloin (pictured below), he’s not the answer to what they’re trying to accomplish and O’Brien knows it. Penn State better hope O’Brien’s offensive play calling in New England has been impressing potential recruits to lure them to Happy Valley. They’ve already lost four top verbal commitments and thing’s haven’t been getting easier.
A couple of days ago, McWhorter told the press,“The offense is flexible enough to do whatever we need to do based on the talent we have here. The base of what we’ll do is what you saw (in the 45-10 win over the Broncos) last week and what you’ll see on Sunday.”
O’Brien will be doing the play calling himself for those keeping score at home. You can bet your butt Big Ten coaches will be watching the Patriots closely in the Super Bowl to get a glimpse of what they may get from Penn State next year.