This weekend’s quarterback retreat event by Steve Clarkson is another reminder of the growing debate about the value of 7-on-7 vs. live tackling 11-on-11.
There is nothing wrong with 7-on-7. The problem is so many “analysts” write glowing reviews of kids off it without noting if there is a difference when you get into a real-game situation. There are things you need to do in a real game that do not get practiced in 7-on-7.
But all you read about is how some kid threw a “dime” at the 7-on-7 with a backward cap or the latest Air Pods in his ears.
USC practices are no different. Even coaches tell me JT Daniels often wins the 7-on-7 periods but on the rare occasions when Clay Helton does 11-on-11 with a live rush, Jack Sears outperforms him.
Petros Papadakis used to call Keith Rivers an “Internet All-American.” Maybe we need to start some quarterbacks, “7-on-7 All-Americans.”