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NFL Analyst reviews Drew Allar & Penn State offense against OSU

The offensive game plan was abysmal yesterday. This former NFL QB & current NFL Analyst discussed how Penn State did not protect Drew Allar on the biggest stage.



Penn State football, Drew Allar, Dan Orlovsky
Oct 21, 2023; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Drew Allar (15) throws the ball against Ohio State Buckeyes during the second quarter of their game at Ohio Stadium.

The Penn State football offense was at an all-time low yesterday. Over the years, we’ve seen the Nittany Lions struggle to convert or turn the ball over. But against Ohio State, it felt like the offensive game plan was either run, run, pas, or a complete guessing game in real-time. When the Nittany Lions finally gashed the Buckeyes on a big play they would turn to a trick play for no reason. Regardless, Drew Allar and Mike Yurcich need to find some common ground in the scheme to keep the season alive. Following the game former NFL QB and current NFL Analyst Dan Orlovsky shared his thoughts on the Penn State offense.

NFL Analyst reviews Drew Allar & Penn State offense against OSU

We’ve seen the writing on the wall for weeks now. I think the moral of the story is if you see issues against bad teams, those issues will get exposed against great teams. The Penn State offense has been a mess since the Illinois game in week 3. The lack of receivers creating separation, Drew Allar’s slow road start, and the lack of explosive plays all came back to haunt the Nittany Lions. Following the game NFL Analyst Dan Orlovsky spoke about the Nittany Lions.

Orlovsky said, ” Speaking directly about Penn State the way I saw the game. First of all, I think James Franklin is an awesome coach. Obviously a big-time recruiter I really believe he is a really good coach. But just the way that the game played out if you watched the football game. The saying well they’re protecting the quarterback. There is validity in that if you are running the football well. Or you’re gaining explosive runs or you’re very efficient in your run game. If you’re doing that and going run, run, pass. Then, the saying of protecting the quarterback that’s valid. But when your run game isn’t very efficient, you’re not explosive in it and you’re living in that run, run, pass world you’re not protecting the quarterback. You’re completely hurting the quarterback. You’re putting the quarterback in the worst position possible.”

He continued by saying, “In my eyes, they didn’t protect Drew Allar today. Whether he stinks or not, that’s up to your fan base I don’t know if we have enough evidence to say he does or doesn’t. Obviously a highly talented kid. But we can’t think that the premise was well, we’re going to go and protect the quarterback when if you’re not being really efficient in the run game then you’re doing the complete opposite.

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