Joe Paterno Press Conference
Nov. 16, 2010
Q. Can you give us an injury update on Michael Mauti and Stephfon Green and do you expect them to play Saturday?
Green I think will be okay. They are not going to let Green do anything hard today. We have a red cross, which means you can't do anything, and a green cross which means you have to be careful about contact, etc. So Green will be in a green cross. So, I think he's got a shot at it.
Q. Is Matt McGloin still the starting quarterback and what is Silas Redd's status for Saturday?
We didn't practice yesterday for a lot of reasons, none of which....one of which I felt was that he was that the team was a little tired. We had played five really good quarters in a row, the last three against Northwestern and the first two against Ohio State. And then in the second half against Ohio State, we weren't really good. We didn't look like we had the bounce that we had. So I thought maybe we might be tired.
So we took off yesterday. So where McGloin goes from there is part of the process of maturing as a quarterback. And what was the second part?
Q. What is the status of Silas Redd? Is he going to play?
Q. What improvements have you seen from Justin Brown this season at receiver?
Q. What are your thoughts on teams giving up home games to play at a neutral site like Indiana is doing?
Q. I wonder if you can give us your view on how you think your kickoff return game is doing. It seems like the production is slipping a little bit there, or maybe things aren't working as smooth there. What are your thoughts on that?
I think we are working at it. I know we are working at it just as hard. We are practicing it as much, as much time as we had. We have the same people back there who have had some success as well as the people blocking up front. It's just that the other guys are doing a better job.
Q. I was wondering if you could evaluate the performance of Pete Massaro and how he's progressed through the season.
So, he hasn't really had a chance to show what he can do yet. I think his future is ahead of him. Good kid.; bright kid. Excellent student, the whole bit, but so far, he just hasn't been ...you know, he's just never been somebody that's very prominent in the ballgames.
Q. Missed tackles seems to have been a theme this year, not just in your game but in all levels. Is tackling becoming a lost of art in football and why is that, if that's the case?
Q. Has it been a major problem for your team this year?
I think it's a combination. Most games we have tackled pretty well. And then we've played against some people that have done well running the football. The first half against Ohio State, I thought we did a really good job and the second half, that kid came on (Dan Herron) and ran, I don't know how man...he ran for probably 120, 125 yards the second half. But he was coming up in there, had a little bit of blocking and had a little bit more running and made a little bit tough for us to make some tackles.
We have had a little bit of problem on the corners and on the edges with our linebacking, at times have missed tackles. But you've got to give the other guy credit. I think we have played against some people that have blocked solid, made it tough for us to penetrate, and the backs have had a little running room, and when they have had some running room, they have been good enough to make us miss at times.
Q. Can you update us on Mike Mauti's status and if he's not 100 percent, who will be the sort of primary linebackers on Saturday?
Mauti, I mentioned earlier, somebody asked me the difference between whether Mauti and Green were going to play and I said, "I doubt very much whether Mauti is going to play."
Q. Sorry, I missed that.
Q. When you go back over the game film for this week, when you look at what happened last Saturday against Wisconsin, do you see any value in looking at that at all?
But yeah, we spend a lot of time looking at it; in fact, Sunday, at 1:30, by that time, when I first meet with the staff, the staff has already broken down what went on the day before, and I've looked at the tapes of the game we played the day before, before we move on to the next one.
Q. I know that players have been told that the Indiana team they may see is the one that almost beat Iowa a few weeks ago; is that a bit of a harder sell because they know Wisconsin put 83 up on these guys last week?
But they played Iowa, play-for-play; tough. And I think that's the way we are going to, we are going to look at it, because Indiana, Bill (Lynch) is a good coach, good guy. They are...we've have had our troubles with Indiana through the years, when Gerry DiNardo was there, we made a goal line stand to win the game (2004). In '94, when Bill Mallory was coaching there, we only won by about 10 points, probably cost us the National Championship that year.
We are looking to play a good football team on Saturday, and one that will play well, play with enthusiasm, and we'd better be ready.
Q. How does Penn State benefit from a game like this in Washington, D.C., instead of traveling to Indiana?
And so I guess the people who scheduled it thought it was going to be a big crowd. We didn't have a big crowd at all. They had a good football team. It was a good ballgame. They had a kid, a middle linebacker, who went on to be one of the better players in the country.
So I don't know what to expect, if that's what you're asking. And you know, we are going to Washington. I didn't ...we got talking this morning about the surface, it's a grass field, and some of the kids, some of the coaches that watched the game last night, I guess the Redskins played the Eagles on television last night, and said the field looked like it was in great shape.
Because I was a little bit worried about if it were a grass field, whether it might be a muddy one. But they said no, it looked...it still looked like it was in great shape.
So, yeah, I think it will be a very good experience for the kids. As I said earlier, I don't know what to expect.
Q. You've lost four games by 20 or more points for the first time ever. Are you troubled by that, or would you think that your team competed better than maybe those final scores indicate?
So, I think there's a lot of things. And the fact that we only had...we had 59 kids on the squad that are freshmen or sophomores. And you are bound to have those days where things, you know, you can't make something happen for yourself, and anything adverse that happens, is probably a little bit more dramatic than it would be when you get all of the kids, but we are a very young football team. We don't have many the kids who are going to leave this football team who are players who won't be here next year.
So I think it's a combination of that, and the injuries. You had 13 kids who won't play this Saturday who are hurt; five or six of them are first stringers, or would have been first stringers.
So there's a combination of a lot of things. Sometimes it all comes together, and we are better than maybe people think we are.
Q. Can you talk about Indiana's offense, led by Ben Chappell and the two wide outs and the challenge that they pose for you on Saturday?
But we have got to play. We have been playing good football players all year. I think that, as I said earlier, I think that the league is tough. And going in, I thought that we had some people that were as good of athletes across the board as I've seen in the league, and with the good, young coaches in the league, it's tough.
Q. You were joking earlier about being a hundred years since you've played a neutral site game. I understand you guys are bussing to D.C. to the game?
Q. It looked like Evan Royster was banged up a little bit in the game against Ohio State; is he okay this week?
Q. You talk about the youth on this team; how much of these last couple of games do you factor in with getting the players ready with an eye towards next season, personnel, schemes, that sort of thing?
So, overall I think we are getting better, but I don't look that, "hey, we are going to do this so we are better next year." No, I don't think that's fair to the kids that are here that are going to leave, and as I said, there are eight kids that will play, who will be leaving us. And they have worked hard. They are entitled to have the best season they possibly can have, and we are not that far off.
But that's a long answer to a question. Yeah, we are worrying about this year game by game. We'll worry about next year as soon as this season's over.
Q. Are you optimistic, going forward with some of the things that you've seen, even though there have been a couple of games that have gotten away from you, like the big picture?
So there's some key people that have to really be exposed. Wideouts have to be able to read coverages and the timing between them and the quarterback. There's a lot of things that go on now that takes a little longer to develop into a real steady, consistent football team. And I don't see any reason why that won't happen with this club. They are hard workers and good kids.
And I think that we can look forward to...I look at...you guys all want to talk about something. We have got Indiana and then we have got Michigan State and Michigan State can win the Big Ten Championship. We have got a couple of tough games to play here. Then we'll worry about the rest, the other things.
Q. Sean Stanley played a lot of stand up defensive ends, what's the reasoning behind that, standing up instead of the normal down stance?
Q. In watching the Indiana Wisconsin game, Bret Bielema was getting criticized for running up the score. Did you see that or is that just how the game unfolded?
I spent a lot of time looking at the game against Iowa because I have a tremendous amount of respect for the Iowa personnel and I thought that Indiana really did a good job against them. I was really impressed that they went toe to toe with Iowa. They went at it. And they were a good looking football team against Iowa.
The Wisconsin game, I'm not going to get into the other part of it.