Do USC And Its Fans Just Want An Air Raid Offense?

I spoke to an NFL scout today who attended North Texas practices. The offensive coordinator is Graham Harrell, who was recommended to USC by Kliff Kingsbury.

“I was able to figure out their offense watching one practice,” the scout said. “There are variations with the receiver but it doesn’t take long to figure out where the ball is going. There aren’t that many different plays.”

Now I’m sure a lot of people would disagree, given that the Air Raid seems to be the new fad and NFL teams obviously wanted Kingsbury.

But not everyone is enamored with it. And USC coach Clay Helton might be in that category since he longer has Kingsbury.

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16 thoughts on “Do USC And Its Fans Just Want An Air Raid Offense?

  1. Wake me up when an air raid team advances in the NCAA playoffs, because it’s a sign of a weak team that can’t recruit dominating linemen. We saw how New England destroyed San Diego by running the ball down their throats, and using an old school formation with a lead blocker. So for any idiots who thinks teams can’t win anymore by running the ball, then think again.

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      1. Fire the whole coaching staff, because none of them have a clue. Everybody wanted to copy Chip Kelly’s blueprint at Oregon, but why not Nick Saban’s ? Because Saban’s the one with championships under his belt, not Kelly .

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      2. The problem isn’t USC, it’s the coaching staff.

        During both of coach O’s tenures at SC we were able to get pretty great d linemen, lots of them were local guys, but he was always able to go out of state and sign a guy who was needed in the years CA didn’t produce as many top end big guys. He didn’t get as many during the sanction years, obviously, but he followed that philosophy even with scholarship reductions.

        Heltons staff seems to have no plan when it comes to recruiting. It’s like they look at the ESPN player rankings, filter it by ‘california’ offer those kids, take any of them that say yes, then make late offers to a bunch of players they haven’t talked to in 3 months that are committed to fcs programs and would be dumb to refuse.

        It’s not sc, it’s the staff

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    1. New England ran the ball 10 LESS times than they passed the ball… and ran mostly out of 1 back sets, not sure which game you watched.

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  2. Wake me up when an air raid team advances in the NCAA playoffs, because it’s a sign of a weak team that can’t recruit dominating linemen. We saw how New England destroyed San Diego by running the ball down their throats, and using an old school formation with a lead blocker. So for any idiots who thinks teams can’t win anymore by running the ball, then think again. Clay Helton has other big ideas, because he thinks he smarter than everyone else. Helton has access to top flight 5 star talent in the state of California, but can’t recruit top flight offensive linemen if his life depended on it. He’s going into his forth year, and has not produced any first rounders at the position, so what does that tell you ?

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    1. Point well taken, however, New England has not been a smash mouth football sort of team which, in turn, caught the Chargers off guard. New England has been a very pass happy team. BTW these air raid school, Texas Tech, can run the football as well. I think it is all about game planning and out-scheming the opposition.

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  3. If this guy was recommended to SC by Kingsbury, run away a quickly as possible. He’s probably looking for a gig in the NFL. Used to be USC out players in the NFL.

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  4. HAAAAAAA!

    Is this a joke?

    If this scout figured this offense in one practice he wouldn’t be a scout right now Mr. Wolf.

    Was this a girls scout?

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  5. The offense might be easily figured out by that scout. But NTU’s scoring offense in 2018 was 27 and USC’s was 90. You tell me who did better.

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