Hell let's look at his LAST three years: 12-1, 11-2, and 8-1 before the firing...As much as I admire Paterno you are comparing apples and oranges. Was Paterno a better coach than Franklin is? Hell yes, but just blindly comparing their records without considering the competition, overall cfb environment, etc is incorrect.
You can't look at JoePa past '97 or whatever because he was too old. His record up to that point was second to none but he did beat up on the Temples, Rutgers, Maryland's, BCs, Syracuses and WVUs. He never had to navigate a B10 East gauntlet in his prime.
Stop making excuses for Franklin. 11-11 is poor and 7-6 this year needs to be his final season.