Sunday Buzz: Don’t Fall Prey To Excuses Regarding USC’s Talent

This will bother some people, but the fact USC did not have any players drafted yesterday does not mean it excused underachievement last season.

Example: Center Nico Falah did not get drafted.

Response: Then why did he start last year? Toa Lobendahn was the better center. USC could have started someone else at left tackle so Lobendahn could play center.

Yes, left tackle is more important/difficult. But USC coaches granted Chuma Edoga’s request to play right tackle instead (player power wins again) and created the left-tackle dilemma. That means Clayton Johnson and Austin Jackson would be the left tackle. Was that too risky early in the year? That’s a matter of opinion.

Lobendahn struggled at left tackle despite being a good offensive lineman/veteran. But Jackson had the natural talent and Neil Callaway is a veteran offensive line coach. He can’t get a freshman ready? Remember Winston Justice starting as a true freshman?

Example: Wide receivers Deontay Burnett and Steven Mitchell did not get drafted.

Response: Why did USC insist on starting Mitchell over Michael Pittman? Why did Jalen Greene start at the beginning of the season over Tyler Vaughns? Why hasn’t Tee Martin developed Velus Jones or Josh Imatorbhebhe?

All the answers to those questions are excuses. Someone will say Jones or Imatorbhebhe looked good this spring. They looked good last spring and/or training camp too.

When I talk about USC having the most talent, it is true. The biggest issue is the coaches not utilizing it. That has nothing to do with who got drafted on Day 3.

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11 thoughts on “Sunday Buzz: Don’t Fall Prey To Excuses Regarding USC’s Talent

  1. It’s true that USC has underperformed in some high visibility matchups under Clay Helton. (But) I think it’s time we Helton critics admitted something —IF [and I know it’s a big ‘IF’] he has the offense humming along next year despite the losses at QB and RB, we’re all going to be obliged to reevaluate him as a Head Coach. Putting a high scoring offense on the field after Darnold’s departure (and the eventual presence of Fink or Sears or a true freshman behind center) is gonna take some major coaching magic.

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  2. USC is going to have a long season…they underperformed last year…the CBs, O-Line, and special teams, were terrible. Helton is a nice guy…but qualified to coach at SC? After McKay left for Tampa, we got John Robinson. Good coach, but he enjoyed the fruits of Mc Kay’s labor ( don’t agree? See Robo II)…Robinson preferred the NFL and left…but not before recommending Ted Tollnerwhi was followed by Larry Smith, Paul Hackett, and Robo II. The misery ended for awhile when Garrett lucked into Pete…but, the NFL was calling and sanctions were coming, so Pete leaves and Haden decides to relive the glory days….Kiffin, Coach No, Sarkisian, and now Helton…don’t any talented, qualified, adult, coaches want the SC job? I didn’t even mention basketball, baseball, or a
    new AD, not a former SC football player…

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  3. It really is the position coaches that are not keeping their end of the bargain up. I agree that the players didn’t play in the best positions. But if the coaches had been doing their job, planning instead of reacting the team would have done better.
    Helton has good ideas but poor execution.

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  4. Overly simplistic. First, simply because someone doesn’t get drafted doesn’t mean he didn’t deserve to be drafted. Clay Matthews was a walk-on. Etc. etc. Pittman was hurt. And Toa kept getting hurt when he played center. Not complicated stuff.

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  5. The coaches’ excuse from this crew has always been “The players didn’t execute.”

    Can we use that phrase for the coaches this year when a problem that should be solved with coaching doesn’t get fixed?

    “The coaches didn’t execute.”

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  6. SEEMS TO BE SIMILAR TO JAMEL COOK! Jamel is A STUD from FLORIDA! IF He KEEPS his MIND/ATTITUDE right and his Talent tuned, he WILL PLAY ON SUNDAYS!!! He CLEARLY HAS THAT KIND OF TALENT!!! IT’S ON THE COACHES, (HEAD COACH, SPECIFICALLY), TO STEP IN AND MAKE SURE THIS KID AND KIDS LIKE HIM, GET ON THE FIELD CONSISTENTLY, PERIOD!!! This is the SAME PERCY who STATED AND WROTE about SAM DARNOLD’S CLEARLY MUCH BETTER TALENT, ( TO EXTEND PLAYS, MAKE GOOD THINGS HAPPEN, ACCURACY, ETC.,) when SAM WAS being “OVERLOOKED” “PASSED OVER”, SITTING ON THE BENCH for WHO??? Don’t even remember his name, Oh, I think a returning QB named Max Brown… Wonder what he’s doing now??? I Like Coach Helton’s relationship with players, I like his ability in the recruiting arena overall, like that he is an adult BUT HE ‘s WAAAAYYYY TOOOOO “NICE” when it comes to MAKING ON THE SPOT, OBJECTIVELY SHREWD TALENT DECISIONS!!! HE CLEARLY NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND WHERE ‘BEING NICE” NEEDS TO END AND TAKE A BACK SEAT TO GETTING THE BETTER TALENTED PLAYER ON THE FIELD!!! THIS TRAIT IS WHAT I OBSERVE AND WISHED HE COULD COPY FROM NICK SABAN!!! YOU MAY NOT LIKE SABAN AS A PERSON, (I admit, I’m NOT his biggest fan), BUT SABAN IS A COOL, SHREWD TALENT EVALUATOR! HE WILL NOT HESITATE TO ‘PULL, DEMOTE, OR SIT YOU DOWN” IF YOU DON’T HAVE THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE and are NOT PRODUCING ON THE FIELD THAT DAY!!! HE FULLY REALIZES THAT THIS IS FIRST AND FOREMOST A “PERFORMANCED BASED BUSINESS”, HE COACHES EACH AND EVERY GAME THAT WAY AND HE WON’T WAIT 3 QUARTERS, MUCH LESS 3 GAMES TO PULL YOU!!! Unfortunately, for SC FANS, I don’t know IF THIS TRAIT IS IN Coach Helton’s make-up/Character/Personality… Sometimes, ESPECIALLY AS HEAD COACH, you have to risk BEING CALLED A JERK OR AN ASSHOLE, (DON’T GIVE A DARN ABOUT THAT) AND PLAY THE STRONGEST TALENT AT EACH AND EVERY POSITION TO WIN THAT SPECIFIC DAY!!! AND STOP PERCEIVED “POLITICS” WHEN MAKING TALENT CALLS… OR HE, (Coach HELTON), SIMPLY NEEDS TO INSTITUTE A POLICY OF A TRULY “EFFECTIVE ROTATION SYSTEM” OF ALL THE TOP TALENT ON ROSTER THAT PLAYS HARD IN PRACTICE UNTIL ONE QUICKLY DEMONSTRATES HE EITHER BELONGS OR NEEDS TO SIT FOR A MINUTE, TO SHORE UP HIS GAME… PLAY THE BEST! ALWAYS COACH WITH A KEEN EYE AND SEE WHAT YOUR TALENT IS DOING IN PRACTICE!!! I MEAN, WHAT ARE WE AS COACHES LOOKING AT??? OUR RESPONSIBILITY IS TO COACH THE KIDS UP, IN PRACTICE!!! AND GET OR ROTATE THE BEST TALENT ON THE FIELD, PERIOD!!! OR YOU WILL NOT BE COACHING NOR SHOULD YOU BE COACHING AT A PLACE LIKE USC… DON’T BE AFRAID TO HURT FOLK’S FEELINGS WHEN IT COMES TO WINNING THE DAY!!! IT’S NOT ABOUT FEELINGS, IT’S ABOUT WINNING THE BLESSED DAY!!! THIS IS NOT ROCKET SCIENCE!!! WHO IS HITTING WITH FEROCIOUSNESS, TODAY AT PRACTICE??? WHO IS THE STRONGEST AND MOST ACCURATE PASSER, TODAY AT PRACTICE??? WHO IS HOLDING ON TO THE BALL AND NOT TURNING IT OVER, TODAY AT PRACTICE??? WHICH QB BEST EXTENDS PLAYS, MAKES THINGS HAPPEN AND DISPLAYS GOOD ACCURACY ON ALL OF HIS THROWS, TODAY AT PRACTICE??? WHICH DBACK IS BEST IN COVERAGE, TODAY AT PRACTICE??? WHICH EDGE RUSHER IS GETTING PRESSURE, TODAY AT PRACTICE??? AND FULLY REWARD SUCH PLAYERS WITH REAL STARTING OR ROTATION TIME!!! THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE ‘USC”, COACH LIKE IT!!! -Percy Clifford Payne, 4/30/2018.

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    1. Nice stuff, Percy. But I have ONE question—what if neither one of your quarterbacks shine in practice (and the third one is a kid out of high school who won’t be ready til the middle or end of the season)?

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      1. SAME THING as before stated… Whose The Strongest And MOST ACCURATE QB TODAY, AT PRACTICE? Who is The BEST QB AT MAKING GOOD THINGS HAPPEN TODAY, AT PRACTICE??? WHO IS NOT TURNING THE BALL OVER TODAY, AT PRACTICE??? WHO IS MOST EFFECTIVE AT GETTING US INTO THE ENDZONE TODAY AT PRACTICE??? Not ROCKET SCIENCE SO LETS NOT TRY AND MAKE IT ROCKET SCIENCE… FORGET ABOUT SENIORITY, BE MORE LIKE SABAN IN THIS, ROTATE TIL SOMEONE OUTPERFORMS AND CLEARLY PROVES IT, ON THE FIELD!!! AND REQUIRE UPSTANDING PERFORMANCE OR SIT HIM DOWN AND NEXT UP… RINSE AND REPEAT! -Percy Clifford Payne, 4/30/2018.

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    2. So after bama’s ‘15 class was ranked #1 by a consensus of recruiting services it would be on the coaches if say they lost ten of those to transfer? Well that just happened this week..and bama isn’t the only school where it happens either. 10 out of twenty something?
      GET OF YOUR SOAP BOX.

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      1. Well, I DO hear you… But it’s NOT a soapbox IF, (as was BEING reported, pull up some of the USC practice Reports), HE WAS ONE OF THE HARDEST HITTERS (THUMPERS), AT PRACTICE! His NOTICEABLE PLAY at PRACTICE WAS BEING mentioned more than once… which is why I Began in earnest to follow the young man, THESE are the SIGNS that MOST SHREWD/TALENT DISCERNING coaches, (Like SABAN),take NOTE OF! Bama is different, I mean, like how MANY 1st round draft pics and pics went from their team to NFL this past draft??? 10-12!!! How many from our beloved USC??? just saying… PercyClifford Payne 5/4/18.

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