Paterno Sings the Blues

Nittany Lion coach not happy with where his team is just past the midway point of spring practice. He spoke during the Big Ten coaches' media teleconference Tuesday.

Penn State football coach Joe Paterno is notorious for poor-mouthing his team during spring practice. But during the Big Ten coaches' teleconference Tuesday, he warned that this year's squad might need divine intervention to improve to the level he expects.

“We've got a lot of work ahead of us,” Paterno said in his first press availability since early in the spring. “That doesn't mean we can't get it done. But we have to be realistic and stop dreaming that all of a sudden the Lord is going to come down and bless us. We've got to go to work.”

Unfortunately, Paterno only fielded one question on the state of his team during his 10-minute window, and none of the four questions he was asked came from Penn State beat writers.

But when he was asked about the Lions, he wasted little time presenting a laundry list of woes.

“We're not a good football team right now,” he said. “We're just not good. The quarterbacks are very average because they're young and hopefully over a period of time they'll get better. We're very average now. We're not tough. We're just not doing some things real well. The kicking games is terrible.”

He also added that he has “a very average offensive line.”

Most of this stems from the fact that Penn State lost a host of big-name starters from last year's team, including quarterback Daryll Clark, all three linebackers and All-America defensive tackle Jared Odrick.

Paterno is most concerned about QB, where sophomore Kevin Newsome and redshirt sophomore Matt McGloin are battling for the top job.

“We don't have a quarterback who has played more than 20 plays,” he said.

The most positive thing Paterno could say about the team was, “We have some very gifted skill people on both sides of the ball.”

He also admitted that time is on his side. The Blue-White Game is April 24. Which means right now PSU is just past the midway point of spring ball.

“We've got six more practices and we're gonna try to concentrate and get a little better in [some] areas,” he said. “But we have a lot of work ahead of us.”


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