USC Trojans This & That — 6/9

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pmak
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The NCAA is anything but predictable, but here is a ruling they made with a top portal transfer from Georgia to Illinois, about 2019 eligibility. Precedent? Steele? McCoy? We’ll soon know….. https://sports.yahoo.com/ncaa-denies-appeal-for-illinois-te-who-transferred-to-be-closer-to-sick-grandfather-202323312.html

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Just read this today, good stuff.

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Thanks…..some more good……and honest news.

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I like the keep it simple approach for the offense. With the talent we have, we should score at lot of points. Key is will the O-Line give our QBs time to throw and open holes for our RB’s. This rests on Drevno’s shoulders.

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Almost all of the option routes or “find the grass” routes are targets where receiver is facing the QB, or running parallel to QB. They are not predicated on timing and perfect execution. There are those routes in the offense but they are either thrown right away or not thrown. What I think is fun with speculation is wether we will have JT or Jack take multiple shots downfield, because the four verticals that is run about every third play, allows a gunslinger to sling it, or if we take the open checkdowns and safer hot routes. And it should… Read more »

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How can this offense be just a phillosophy to go have fun with? Is this coaches’ speak or something? In any passing offense your receiver has to get open enough so if the QB throws you the ball, there is a fair chance atleast the pass gets caught and not picked. And the receivers can’t get bunched up too closely or the ball is likely dropped or batted in the air for anyone to grab. The receiver knows where he’s going (normally) and the defender has to guess/assume. If the WR is free to run whatever route he wants, then… Read more »

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I think the system is more akin to the way we played football in PE. Teams were thrown together in some random fashion and players were left to figure out how to win. There were no scripted plays just a general plan; so&so go long everyone else try to get open. The key was taking what the defense gave, not trying to execute some x’s and o’s. Now imagine that philosophy with kids who have been together practicing this concept. It’s down to who is the better reader of the defense.

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I think the key is that BOTH the QB and receiver are looking for that open grass. The QB knows where the receiver is supposed to go based upon the call, but both QB and receiver are reading whether the defense is going to have the target destination covered. If so. the QB looks for open grass nearby and trusts that the receiver either is going to make the same read and break to that spot for a catch, or the ball is going to bounce off the turf and not be picked.

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My point above is not trying to be pessimistic but like you say Rock2112, there will be a measure of guessing going on with this offense and the possibility of more things going wrong than right if the opposing defense can get JT & receivers confused when they make position changes at the last secound before the play starts. If what Trojan96 says about the OL needing to block for 2/3 seconds is required, that is not a lot of time to make a decision and throw. Will we be seeing JT running around trying to find an open receiver… Read more »

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I hear you J. Whoever starts at QB is going to have to be very quick at post-snap reads. The worry for me is not whether our QBs will make good use of their 2-3 seconds (assuming they get it), but whether our starter will be decisive at burning a play when it looks like it’s cooked. We just HAVE to be better at not turning the ball over. I suspect that a speedy offense that is built on improvisation and “getting to grass” can make a QB forget about the throw-away option or at least more reluctant to resort… Read more »