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Joe Paterno say Rob Bolden will continue to play

Posted on: November 1, 2011 9:41 pm
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Posted by Adam Jacobi

Penn State may be 8-1 and rolling this season, but fans are still being driven crazy this year by the continuing quarterback platoon system between Matt McGloin and Rob Bolden. McGloin hasn't been great by any stretch, but aside from a 1-10, 0-yard horror show against Alabama, he's been hands-down better than Bolden, both overall and especially in Big Ten action.

And yet, week after week, Joe Paterno steadfastly refuses to hand the job to McGloin full-time. That trend seemed like it should finally be at an end last week, when McGloin led a game-winning, 80-yard touchdown drive against Illinois while Bolden went 0-4 with two fumbles in limited action. Enough is enough, right? Well... no:

"I don't see any problem with him right now," Paterno said. "Now maybe something develops down the road that I don't know about. But right now, he appears to be fine." 

"We're still gonna do it as a rotation. It wouldn't be fair to Bolden for me not to consider him as one of the kids [we play]. He's worked too hard, made too many sacrifices and he's got too much ability for me just because of one football game or two football games to say, 'Hey, we're not counting on you.'

"He's gotta be ready to go. We'll play him, I'm pretty sure. But again, we have this week and next week to go back to some basic things and see what happens." 

As admirably inclusive as Paterno's stance is, it's still enough to make the Nittany faithful tear their hair out. Rob Bolden's numbers in Big Ten action are 11-31, 138 yards, no touchdowns, and one pick. That's good enough for a 66.43 quarterback rating, and if that sounds terrible, we assure you, it is. By way of comparison, the NCAA's leading passer is Russell Wilson with a 196.95 rating, and the NCAA stops keeping count at No. 100 with Kolton Browning of UL-Monroe -- and even his rating is 110.93.

And yet, Bolden keeps getting snaps.

Perhaps Paterno's notion is that McGloin could go down with an injury at any moment, and Bolden's the only other person on the roster that Paterno's comfortable with having throw a pass in a close game -- and on this year's Penn State team, they're ALL close games. And as long as Bolden hasn't cost PSU a win with his poor play, the thinking might go, he hasn't done that much harm.

But if Bolden can't be bothered to take practice seriously without getting snaps on Saturday, then he's not a positive member of the program. And if he can still care without taking any of McGloin's playing time, well, there's a pretty simple solution right in front of everybody.

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Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 1:05 pm
 

Joe Paterno say Rob Bolden will continue to play

McGloin is the better option for this team to succeed.  The team seems to just respond better with McGloin in there.  I don't think I have ever seen Bolden throw the ball without getting drilled.  Bolden will just have to bide his time like many other QBs have at Penn State.

With McGloin they have a punchers chance of winning the Big 10. 



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2011 1:01 pm
 

Joe Paterno say Rob Bolden will continue to play

I hate to pick on a dude, but Bolden's numbers are Tim Tebow-esque. I'm not looking for Penn State to start throwing the ball around 30 times a game, but the Lions are indeed going to find themselves in situations that a 10 yard completion will be a necessity in the next 4 games. Joe Pa's antiquated vision of football will always produce decent teams, but none that will ever compete with the big boys in the country. I'm sure the 95-year old icon is a nice man, but dude, it's time to go. You're just being stubborn and selfish at this point in your life. It's not our fault you never took up golf or fishing or surfing, but that's what old guys do once they reach 70. Well, maybe not surfing, but you get my point.



Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 12:36 pm
 

Joe Paterno say Rob Bolden will continue to play

Joe, come on! McGloin is your man. He was the guy who rescued our season last year, and he's keeping us alive this season. I'm sick of hearing about Bolden, if he wants to cry like a baby and transfer if he doesn't get playing time then let him. We can pick up another guy next year. Chaz Powell and Devon Smith can throw the football if McGloin got injured. Heck, put in Shane McGregor... I'm sure even he would be better than Bolden at this point.



Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 11:38 am
 

Joe Paterno say Rob Bolden will continue to play

Like everybody else (I'm just guessing) I would think Joe can see neither have distanced themselves and hopes the competition will spark one of them into being a decent and reliable QB. It may help if Bolden (or the coaching staff) aren't booed if/when Bolden gets some playing time. If nothing else, Joe has seen just a little bit more football than all of us combined. If Bolden were to transfer we would have 1/2 of a decent QB and a 3rd string "walk-on" as backup. So that would be a 1st string walk-on with a walk-on back up. That is another scarey thought too. Maybe Joe has a clue about this team!
GO LIONS.....




Since: Nov 7, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2011 11:12 am
 

Joe Paterno say Rob Bolden will continue to play

After last week's game, it seems like Bolden is doing everything in his power to be benched.   4 attempts, zero completions, all passes tipped, and two fumbles, one which could have easily cost PSU the game.  Offensively, it was a completely wasted quarter, and against the rest of the schedule (Nebraska, Ohio State, Wisconsin) they cannot afford to waste any time.

And on top of Bolden's continuous string of mistakes, he doesn't do anything as QB that McGloin doesn't either do as well or better.  People say Bolden is an athlete, but he hardly ever runs the ball and his pocket movement is terrible compared to McGloin.  He can't throw the ball accurately more than 20 yards, and he's not mobile, so it's really easy for defenses to play against him.  Just put pressure on the pocket and expect the run. 

Perhaps JoePa is waiting for the "Aha! moment", but really it's only a matter of time before Bolden's ineptitude actually does cost PSU the game.  And that would suck b/c right now the Lions are still in it for the Big10 C.G. and a BCS bowl game.  It would be a shame to throw away a miracle season in the last three weeks.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 8:42 am
 

Joe Paterno say Rob Bolden will continue to play

Sit Bolden NOW! It starting to sound pretty obvious that Joepa made a deal with Bolden's father so he didn't transfer. Let the kid go!




Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 3:06 am
 

Joe Paterno: superman?

After what JoePa has done this year with two non-entities at QB, I am beginning to wonder if he didn't die, go to some strange place, and come back with superpowers.  Nobody can question what he has accomplished so far this year with as little as he has had to work with.  



Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 10:25 pm
 

Joe Paterno say Rob Bolden will continue to play

But if Bolden can't be bothered to take practice seriously without getting snaps on Saturday, then he's not a positive member of the program. And if he can still care without taking any of McGloin's playing time, well, there's a pretty simple solution right in front of everybody.

I AGREE. Yet, I still think Bolden deserves some snaps here and there, because McGloin's not gonna carry this team anywhere. Both qbs have played terribly, so really, no one's earned the job. I think Paterno would simply be better off saying: "well, he hasn't lost the job".



Since: Nov 1, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 10:20 pm
 

Joe Paterno say Rob Bolden will continue to play

JOE PATERNO IS A FOOTBALL LEGENGD THE GREATEST


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