Our understanding is that Slade's absence is not related to any injury.
Yeah, I didn't get into Limegrover and the offensive line simply because of time/space but it's something we intend to dive into more thoroughly soon.
The playcalling, combined with increased playing time for Mac Hippenhammer, suggests that this coaching staff has very little faith in the outside wide receivers. And I can't blame them. Johnson, Thompkins, and Polk have all disappointed this season.
He correctly pointed out that without the parenthetical there that I might be implying Windsor committed a bad penalty, which is good work by our fearless editor, though I have to take credit for improving his suggestion of sending Cannon to "space prison."
This is all true, but it's funnier to look at it through this lens, so that's what we're going with.
I agree. He may be as big and strong as any receiver in the country, but he doesn't have the speed or catching ability many others have. He's a possession receiver with bad hands at this point, which is a bad combination.
A lot of teams put spies on McSorley too. Using that fact to disguise a delayed blitzer as a spy is something plenty of DCs are going to try against Penn State.
Again, it's not a personal attack to state that you try to paint McSorley as the downfall of this team. You have said so explicitly. The only thing you disagree with is me saying your arguments are incoherent. Which is your prerogative, but it's not a personal attack to say you are bringing bad arguments clouded by your motivations.
It's not a personal attack. You've been commenting on this site from the beginning, and you only comment in an effort to attack Trace McSorley. This offense being not good because it was buoyed by Joe Moorhead and Saquon Barkley is a pivotal part of your premise.
I'm not one for predictions. I don't really value opinions. Too much of football is random for me to be invested in "being right" about things. So that's not what I'm concerned about when I write on here. I mostly write about roster management.
But your arguments are so disingenuous and made in bad faith for such nakedly obvious reasons, and this particular line was too absurd to be left on its own. Have they played great opponents? No. But they're showing a lot on offense, despite drops and mistakes, and they've absolutely smoked their last three opponents. Only someone purely motivated by wanting to smear this offense would look at what they've done through the lens of "this is a total fluke and their opponents let this happen."
Penn State beat Pitt by 45 points (in awful conditions) and Illinois by 39 points, both on the road. Stating that this is the result of just a couple unforced errors is laughable. It's one thing to have a differing opinion than the majority of the fanbase. It's quite another to ignore what is happening and make things up to confirm your predetermined beliefs. This argument is purely the latter and nothing more.
They're usually much more fragmented in rotating (i.e. a couple changes each series), but it seems that they had some early trouble responding to Illinois's tempo. The wholesale unit change (that first touchdown drive in which only two starters were on the field) is something kind of unprecedented for them. And they didn't go back to it, so I assume they realize it was a mistake.
Jan Johnson did play, rotating with Ellis Brooks and Jesse Luketa. He also gets taken off the field in nickel/dime situations. Donovan Johnson got quite a bit of run in the slot.
They have been pairing up Scott/Wade and Taylor/Monroe when not rolling with the starters. By the time it was going to be Scott and Wade again, they were emptying the bench and Sutherland was playing.