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AZTrojan
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This is about as uninterested in recruiting as I have been in 30 years. Pretty much like the season — just don’t see much hope with the current staff. Period.

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Well, all you Air Raid aficionados, behold the Rams’ Super Bowl. A heartbreaking and SC/Stanfordian 3-point offensive non-romp. No matter how modern your offense is, and no matter how much you build it around a potent passing game, the old rules of football don’t change. You HAVE to have a viable ground threat. You just have to. Or this is what happens. The Rams’ two super low-output games, against the Bears and the Patriots, were a factor of their run game being crushed. So Harrell’s going to revolutionize our offense? We’re going to shower the field in passes and hang… Read more »

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Well like the Rams, SC’s Air Raid may be good enough to get some high scoring wins but will get crushed by strong defenses.

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Doesn’t matter what type of offense you run, you need to be strong on defense.

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Rock, read his run/pass stats. Probably more balanced than USC past offensive offenses. I don’t know if he will revolutionize the offense, but at least now we have an offensive philosophy, which is new. He runs as much as he throws but the defense never knows when or where he will do either. I think we will be unpredictable, and that is truly something new.

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I am aware of that Steveg. And encouraged by it. But that just makes my point, which is that hiring Harrell and moving to an air-raid based offense isn’t the “magic wand” we need to start putting up 40 points per game. We’re not going to advance as an offense until we can run the ball, which means fixing our offensive line rather than just throwing over them. The hope is that the run game improves if the passing threat is more real. But the Patriots’ game plan from yesterday is not novel: you can still make an “air raid”… Read more »

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Fortunately USC will not be playing the Patriots. I see your point of not wanting a purely passing attack. Thing is we have the backs to run out of the air raid formations and spreads. Blocking changes a little, but perhaps it will help with the line talent we have. As we get better at the O line then USC can move into the power game you like.

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I just want to win! I don’t want us to cop out and send a signal to o-line recruits that they are not important to us at SC any more, because we’ve done a “workaround” on our offensive line. If we’re going to get to the playoff and compete there, we still need to bolster ourselves at every position, even if our lineman are executing different schemes.

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Good article about what to expect from Graham Harrell from Reign of Troy: https://reignoftroy.com/2019/02/04/usc-football-graham-harrell-air-raid-expect/

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When the Patriots offense couldn’t get anything going, Josh McDaniel brought them together in the fourth quarter and said things like “ we are scraping what we are doing, and going to a two tight end set” even though they hadn’t practiced it in weeks. That’s called adjustments. Something we never did last year

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Is Patriot”s Julian Edelman a monster or what? Ram’s had 2-defenders on him at times and he still got open. Ram’s Peters was hopeless in covering him alone. Some of our hotshot college recievers should study film on what he does to get open, whether it is looking at how the db leans, his feet position or what? Seems all the Pats needed was Edelman and Gronkowski.

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If you saw two defenders on Edelman, then you were watching a different game than I did. He seemed always to be at least 2-3 steps from anyone. I love that kind of game, one the Trojans should have in its arsenal. Just beyond the reach of the middle linebacker. Lots of first downs come from that kind of play-calling.
As to the officiating, don’t get me started, regardless of which team you wanted to win. It was atrocious, and not just to benefit the Pats.

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Getting very close, is there ANY recruiting news? Any last visits?

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Patriots continue to win with commitment to identity and staying the course. They have absolute belief in what they do. Bill Belichick didn’t reinvent football. He did what he has done forever, and it worked. Brady wasn’t incredible last night, he was good enough. Power run and throw it to guy in slot. Their defense rushed an extra guy and played zone. They basically said you won’t throw it over our heads and we will get to you before you can let longer developing plays happen. Not revolutionary, but fully committed to it. So many lessons to take from it.… Read more »

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The nfl showed how boring and uninteresting it can be. What a horrible game to watch. I really feel sorry for all those people that paid huge amounts of money to sit and watch it. Nfl should issue refunds.

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Well Steveg, all those guys on the other side of the ball. They are called the defense. And when they play well, tough and physical, it’s called Football! Stuffing the run, knocking down passes, sacking the QB! Great fun! I didn’t find it boring in the least.

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I said it was boring to watch, technically the game was solid when it came to defense. Yes it is what they call football, but still I was expecting some fireworks along the way.

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Before the game I wrote, “I see Gurley being stopped (again), Goff throwing two lame interceptions (one actually), Brady casually throwing for 300 yards (262 actually), and the Patriots stomping the Rams”……But that game could have turned when Gurley had his one good run of about 12 yards into New England territory, but a phantom holding call on the Rams’ center brought the play back with a first and 20 facing the Rams in the 4th quarter, which they of course could not convert. Even announcer Tony Romo said that was a non-call. And speaking of Romo, he drove me… Read more »

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I knew the fix was in on two no call situations. First the Pats defense clotheslined the Rams running back. No call…And second the Rams defense tackled a receiver behind the line, but got called for hitting a defenseless player?
The league dialed up this plop of a turd because of the no interference call in the playoffs.

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It sounds like the NFL is on the slippery slope towards professional wrestling!

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Or at least NBA.