Football Is Not Complicated

I was talking to an NFL defensive coordinator today and asked a simple question: Why is USC so bad in short-yardage situations?

“Because they run out of the shotgun,” the coach said.

Now someone needs to tell USC’s coaches.

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  • CORTEZ THE KILLER

    Was the DC Kris Richard ?

    Richard has said he wants to be the head coach at USC one day, make it happen Swann

    • RegalTrojan

      A heckuva lot has to happen for that to happen.

      • CORTEZ THE KILLER

        Fire Gomer, hire Richard, not so hard

        • RegalTrojan

          You mean right now?

          • CORTEZ THE KILLER

            Yes, NOW

    • Jethro G Sabbath

      You’ve actually brought up a name you approve of rather than just bash the current coach.
      They said this day would never come.

      • CORTEZ THE KILLER

        Richard actually has a clue, unlike Gomer

  • Sebastian Lane

    USC is not alone. A lot of teams run out of the shot gun on short yardage. It’s what they do now….

    Did you bother to talk to anybody else besides somebody who agrees with you?

    • Pudly76

      Papadakis

  • Sandy Underpants

    Also because they run on 3rd and 12 or more. If it doesn’t work in TecmoBowl, it won’t work in real life.

  • Chris

    Who is the coordinator? Always talking to guys who you fail to name. Today I was talking to a former president, astronaut, and cast member of caddyshack, they all said thay SW most likely makes this stuff up.

    FYI- almost everyone runs out of shotgun now. Even on short yardage. Including all of the SEC teams you speak so fondly of.

    • Old Trojans never die

      Wasn’t it “89% of Scott’s statistics are made up on the spot?”

    • Paul Muad’dib

      Green Bay packers run of the shotgun with lots of success.

      • CORTEZ THE KILLER

        On short yardage ? Well, they do have a real coach

        • Kurt Gally

          Well teams have to respect Aaron Rodgers, so the shotgun opens up running lanes. One on one battles in the pros make or break plays.

          • Ben Factor

            Whereas USC is stuck with Cody Kessler. Oh, wait, he graduated…

            Who in CFB is more like Aaron Rodgers than Sam Darnold is?

            Who in CFB is better outside the pocket?

            Hasn’t Sam D done fairly well when he runs the ball?

            So, what do you mean?

          • gotroy22

            I heard you respect Jar Jar Binks, Gooolllly Noiiidd sock puppet.

        • Gabby

          Same comment 572 times….get the resume ready, interview on Monday….my fingers are crossed

    • Pudly76

      And many pro teams

    • fast fred

      Have you seen Stanford play? I think not.

      • Pudly76

        Yeah, saw them and beat them. If I remember right their last play on fourth down was a jumbo power run under center and didn’t do very well.

        • Chris

          i seem to remember that as well. Also, I respect Stanford, but don’t want to be them. They are certainly not the gold standard. Shaw has done a great job, but I can see Stanford retreating back to normalcy soon. Too difficult to get kids in the program.

          • Pudly76

            Stanfurd is a very good program with a unique plan.. they don’t normally take full classes for a number of reasons, but it still works out for them. For instance this past class they took two tackles. They just happened to be #1 & 2 in the country as well as the top tight end, go figure.. but yeah I don’t want to be them either.

      • SCgrad12

        Yeah Frederick, we’ve seen them play and beat them twice this year. Let me know when the gutty little Bruins break the ten game losing streak against the trees.

      • Gabby

        Fred, your breath reeks

    • Gabby

      DC = voice in his head

    • gotroy22

      Speaking of making stuff up, the insufferable ruin Kissy 86er claims he used to play golf with a USC Heisman Trophy winner.

      • Laker Rod

        LOL!! Really? Highly doubtful and even if he did I’m sure the Heisman Trophy winner doesn’t even remember it.

        • gotroy22

          Kissy86er fashions himself as the Zelig of Inside Ruinville.

      • 88 Straight

        Actually about a half dozen times and used to see him on most weekends, before it all went south. It doesn’t matter what either of you losers believe. I’m happy that you two underachievers have found comfort in each others arms.

        • gotroy22

          Poor Kissy86er aka Commander McBragg is bitter that we don’t believe his tall tales of hobnobbing with the rich and famous.

          • 88 Straight

            Kissy doesn’t care what a low life, fake news sycophant believes. You and Sancho Panza deserve each other. Quite the pairing. Like peas and carrots. Or PB & J. Or Roy Moore and teenage girls. A perfect pairing of the mentally and morally challenged children of today.

          • gotroy22

            Kissy 86er cares what everyone thinks about him. That’s where he seeks meaning in his life as it sputters out. So he makes up stories to make himself feel important.

          • 88 Straight

            Tough loss for your pedophile hero in Alabama. So sad for you. By the way, I never played golf with him.

          • gotroy22

            Your pedophile hero’s enabling wife was leading the cheers in Alabama. You must be proud. I’m sure, Zelig, since you have brushes with greatness wherever you go, you wore your knee pads and served him as good interns should.

          • 88 Straight

            Too bad, Little Boy. Bannon got shut down. 2018 is not looking good. You get to blather on about Mueller, mimicking Sean Hannity almost word for word. Keep talking about the Clintons all you want. They’re both out of office and unimportant. Nobody cares about Hillary except the far right. Now that’s ironic.

          • gotroy22

            Too bad The Lying Witch Hitlery got shut down in 2016. Your FBI pals coup scheme is blowing up in your face. Keep pretending you don’t know nothin’ ’bout no Peter Strzok and his naughty texts to his paramour about protecting America from Trump. Don’t pretend that the infamous firm behind the phony Russian dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele didn’t hire the associate deputy attorney general at the DOJ’s wife Nellie H. Ohr as a subcontractor to help with “research and analysis of Mr. Trump.” And don’t lie to us all when everyone knows Hiltery and BJ Clinton will be your front runner for the Dumbocrat Party nomination in 2020.

          • 88 Straight

            The guy was fired over the summer. Keep buying into the Hannity narrative. I’m going to enjoy this.

          • gotroy22

            >

          • gotroy22
  • steveg

    Watched Army/Navy game. Fred would have loved it, I don’t think there were over 4 passes the whole game.

    • Paul Muad’dib

      That game was crap

      • steveg

        As a patriot I had to watch.

        • Pudly76

          As your avatar would suggest

          • steveg

            Bingo!!

        • Paul Muad’dib

          I thought I should tune in as well, but those programs are soooooo stubborn. That run-only offense is completely out-dated. Unwatchable.

          • CORTEZ THE KILLER

            Gee, I wonder why they do that, maybe because it fits the style of players they can recruit?

            I do hope you appreciate the kids who attend the service academies as well as the other military personnel who serve their country

          • Kurt Gally

            Relax dude. I dont have to enjoy or appreciate the game just because its army and navy. They’re playing football, not war. Plus, they have questionable student athletes just like every other school. Army qb accused of rape.

          • CORTEZ THE KILLER

            You have no clue, and wasn’t the Army QB found to have done nothing and the cadet that brought the charge kicked out of the academy ?

          • gotroy22

            “Kurt Galley” is Gollly Noiiddds latest sock puppet to come off the assembly line. He always gives himself away with his 80s’ “dude’ Spicoli talk..

          • steveg

            Do not let Fred hear you say that.

          • gotroy22

            But fun to watch football in the snow.

      • CORTEZ THE KILLER

        You’re a jerk

        • Jethro G Sabbath

          Sorry, Mr. Sensitive

        • Gabby

          Pathetic

    • Jack B

      The only pass I saw completed was a miracle lob/hurl by Army that saved a drive for them. Three yds and a cloud of snow.

      • fast fred

        Army and Navy—the only major college football teams where the players actually go to class!

        • CORTEZ THE KILLER

          And play with class, and don’t forget Air Force

        • Ben Factor

          Major?

          Stanford?

          What’s fast abt Fred?

  • Old Trojans never die

    Maybe it’s time to bring the power I formation. Defenses have long since solved the shotgun. Just put a man on the edge and cut off the running lanes. With the power I the defense has 3 possible runners to deal with. And because the play is closer to the line it’s harder to see who had the ball.

    • Chris

      It’s actually easier to defend the I, that is why more teams use shotgun. You take a powerful but slow fullback off of the field and put a slot receiver in his place. Safeties have no choice but to play back. The only thing better in an I formation is play action. QB can hold it out there longer. The trade off is his back is to the defense for a second longer and reads aren’t as easy. If I formations were tougher to defend they all would use them. They all have way too much money riding on it.

      • Pasadena Trojan

        Positive positive for the I formation is that u have a blocker and u can run the read zone or option with this formation. For heavy running you bring in a second fullback to double blast the hole

        • Chris

          I agree. But most teams runs zone or read option with offset fullback, not an I. Offset also gives a flat option for RPO’s.

    • ItsAllAboutTheBall

      Maybe try the Michigan Centipede formation…the Defense would be laughing so hard it may work

  • Jack B

    Who cares what the NFL thinks? Who cares what some so-called anonymous, mysterious NFL DC says? Ask Chip Kelly about ’em. He never did understand what they do there.

    There’s only about 8 NFL teams that are any good. The rest are capable of embarrassing themselves on any given Sunday,

    How about, why is USC so good in close games?

    • Ben Factor

      How about, why is USC in so many close games?

      Why is the coaching staff’s post-game explanation of same, and of any failings of the offense or pass defense, an adventure in denial?

      You don’t find it even a little puzzling why, with Sam D at QB and RoJo at RB, USC was a rather poor short yardage team?

      Sam D couldn’t roll out and run the option? Short-yardage personnel couldn’t be changed? It wouldn’t have been better if Sam were under center at various times in the game? I have a hard time believing he couldn’t master the three- and five- step dropbacks.

      Surely, Scott is lazy. Just a surely, you jest.

  • trojan_1972

    No mention of the effectiveness of the O-line?

    • CORTEZ THE KILLER

      Can you imagine if Gomer had the brains to use another formation?

      • trojan_1972

        Maybe…my comment about O-line is based on so many games seeing RoJo repeatedly hit behind the line (and getting plus 4 out of it), and Darnold constantly on the run.

        • Jack B

          If RoJo can make it past the LOS, he’s terrific. You never can tell with this USC OL though.

  • Pete

    More B.S!

  • rusoviet

    Was Clay Helton ever a head football coach anywhere?

    Well let’s all see how the current ‘shot gun’ works on short yardage plays on the 29th December against OH St.

    BTW point spread up to +7 against USC….seems like someone knows something.

    • CORTEZ THE KILLER

      The answer is no, but he did get Kiffin & Sark their coffee and doughnuts every morning

      • Pudly76

        Your incessant blithering doesn’t raise the level of discourse here in the least..you offer no real solution, you make up facts, you can not sustain true debate so you reduce everything to name calling and muckraking..I’d call you a POS, except that would be inaccurate as you’re the whole pile..
        degrading commenters and or coaches and administrators and everything having to do with our school makes clear your no more than a useless troll.

    • Pudly76

      Was Dabo Sweeney a head coach anywhere before clemson, or Jimbo Fisher before FSU? The list would be endless..
      And did you know vs Wisconsin that tOSU ran out of shotgun on all their short yardage plays? Does that mean Urban is dumb and should be fired? And to top it off, little nicky saban also ran shotgun out of short yardage against Auburn, so maybe there’s a trend here somewhere…

      • rusoviet

        Seriously?

        Fisher’s resume is: Auburn, Cincinnati, LSU, then FL St. all as an OC and QB. FL St. a NC. Bobby Bowden stepped down and Fisher was promoted.

        Sweeney’s – AL and Clemson Tommy Bowden offered Sweeny his shot with Clemson

        Those are two pretty good records by former head coaches.

        Helton got his job because of a bad hire by a lazy athletic director – he’s a nice guy who hasn’t any skill to prepare for a game like this.

        Now you still never said what you do for a living

        • Pudly76

          Neither were head coaches, Fisher came from Texas under Mack Brown and was to be their heir apparent but traveled to fla st instead. And adobo was an assistant also, the list of assistants promoted at major institutions is long and in some cas s storied, or do I need to mention McKay, Robinson? And to be frank, (not my real name) nobody was happy after McKay’s third year..
          And your right, I didn’t

          • rusoviet

            Never said in my reply to yours they were head coach boyo – the post I made inserted ‘NC’ for both after they were promoted at FL St. and Clemson.

            What do you do for a living?

          • Pudly76

            Why you mad again? Your original question was “was Clay Helton ever a head coach?” So I replied with the names of others who’d never been a head coach.. your anger should be repressed

          • rusoviet

            No more like you mocking my being a teacher is what I recall and your devotion to baseball cap wearing – over promoted unready head coach Helton

          • Pudly76

            Never mocked teachers.. you though I did. But before I did I asked you respectfully not to continue your rant at me. But then you wouldn’t stop, and perhaps I should have in hind sight just ignored you, and I truly wished I had.
            I was just trying to discuss the difference in background of coaches, perhaps I should have known better, excuse me

          • rusoviet

            You most certainly did – you said ‘Those that can’t teach’ – that is what you posted so quit the nonsense of acting like you have no memory of that wisecrack.

          • Pudly76

            I said I was mocking you, and only you, I was talking with you and only you. But whatever. Your calling jimbo fisher names for wearing a baseball cap though, I just don’t understand. Why drag him into our feud. Are you mad he left FSU?

          • rusoviet

            No that crack is aimed at anyone who teaches – it’s why such as you have it ready to hurl out there. What do you for a living? You have quite a mouth calling Cortez a ‘PO…’

          • Pudly76

            As his mouth is so refined.
            Judge me as you wish, makes no difference to me. As far as ready to hurl, well I think as I said in a previous post “you give yourself too much credit”.

          • rusoviet

            Do you ever read what you type before you post?

            Man you sound like a high school chick that just got caught driving under the influence.

            “I have nothing to say…I didn’t do it….you are wrong to have pulled me over….I’m leaving now….I’ll walk but it is you that caused all this! Oh the horror!”

            What a joke

          • Pudly76

            Oh you’re so important, please forgive me. I stand corrected you don’t give yourself enough credit…

            Now you happy? Goodness knows your happiness is what drives me to live everyday to my fullest.

          • rusoviet

            Still sound like a ‘wronged woman’….

            “I told you Brooks no more cauliflower on my plate! I am lactose intolerant and I know ‘sign language’ …. get out before I call my psychiatrist!”

          • Pudly76

            You must know about wronged women, have many in your life did you? Hmmm? Maybe your throwing signals that attract that type of women or maybe you make them that way..Hahaha..ooopsie, that’s just meant for you and no other educators that may be in the vicinity..

          • rusoviet

            What a riot you are – good night are you a ‘il/elle’? Sound like one……

            Pudly : “Oh how dare you stand there and eat that can of hash in my presence! That hash was for my dog ‘poopsie’ and what it didn’t eat the rest was for me! I have just about enough of the like of you Harold…..now get out and take your floozie girl friend with you!”

            “You bet Pudly but man you’re more entertaining than a room full of dwarves on roids – Hey can I call TMZ before I book?”

          • Pudly76

            Oh goodness the meanie has awoken.. what shall I ever do if he has an original thought that hasn’t been thrown about by a fifth grader. Golly Alvarado, what do you really want? Attention. Yeah right. You should try having an adult conversation with people you don’t always agree with, rather than trying to be the class tyrant.

          • rusoviet

            Hey snookums tell us all how great it is that Clay Helton is our head coach…come on now what did you refer to Cortez as hmmm it was a ‘PO…’ Come on lunchie…confession is good for the soul.

          • Pudly76

            Spend more time in the teachers lounge, it’ll do wonders for your social skills..
            objecting to his name calling and disrespectful attitude toward everyone associated with USC is what I was criticizing him for, perhaps a refresher in reading comp might help.
            But you, you are special calling out coaches when you don’t know why.. I respect many here who disagree with me, funny thing is people like you who can’t stand an open discussion in the light of day where you have to back up your position, no that’s not for you, your comments degenerate to the level of an inebriated cat…meow

      • 88 Straight

        Dabo Swinney had never even been a Coordinator. He was the WR coach. Clemson must have known something. Plus they were patient with him. For a few years he got them close but could never get over the hump. And tgen he did

        • Pudly76

          Thanks, I know.. people start conversations with no intentions of backing their points…then get upset if I point out a contrary opinion

          • 88 Straight

            Trojan FB fans and Bruin BB fans are not known for patience. Swinney was given time to grow. It doesn’t dound as if Helton will get that. Alford doesn’t deserve much more.

          • Pudly76

            At 21 wins and counting in two seasons, Helton will get another year at least. It’s what he’s earned. To fire him now would be as stupid a move as could be made. Who would want to follow a coach that was fired with twenty plus wins.
            As far as Alford goes, his ship has sailed and the Ball thing in China might have been the final straw.

          • 88 Straight

            I don’t blame China on Alford. Heck, the Chancellor and the AD were there too. Even kids should know better than to shoplift. Bad stuff happens everywhere and some of it may be recruiting the wrong kids, but at the end of the day, there has to be personal responsibility.

            I blame Alford for the team not sharing the ball and for not feeding Thomas Welsh. He’d better make it happen soon.

          • Pudly76

            It’s not blaming him for the shoplifting, more just getting involved with the ball family in general and the distraction that came with them. I’m still remembering the second Kentucky game from last year for two reasons. First is the complete lack of defensive effort on the part of Lonzo as leader of the team, and secondly the way Alford made no comments in response to lavars comments blaming the loss on slow white guys, defending his players publicly.
            Then after all that he doesn’t separate himself or the program from those fools.

          • 88 Straight

            There were reports that Lonzo had an injury in that game but not fully confirmed. Lonzo staying in front of Fox was always going to be a problem. It was a poor defensive team last year and our coach provided no answer. The involvement with the Ball family sold a lot of tickets last year and Lonzo was never a problem and a joy to watch. I always predicted that we would never see #3 Ball. I thought #2 would never get enough PT to satisfy LaVar. The best way to handle LaVar is to ignore him, IMO. Alford handled the situation quite well.

    • steveg

      Point spread follows the money

      • rusoviet

        Always has – always will

      • Gabby

        Point spreads influence where the money goes

  • Thinker

    If someone needs to tell the coaches, then they shouldn’t be coaches…particularly at USC.

    • rusoviet

      Helton’s skill set is getting promoted to positions he has absolutely no skill at.

  • David Keeling

    All I can say is good luck next year Clay Helton and your group of super assistant coaches when you don’t have Sam Darnold & RoJo around to bail you out of games.

    • steveg

      You keep putting out that same stuff. You must think everyone else is unable to take the field and play the game? Don’t understand your comments when there are some good players coming up.

      • gotroy22

        Sam is a once in a generation talent.

  • Ignore_the_trolls

    Along with about 95% of every other college team.

  • timmay

    Statistically Scott’s guy is right in terms of successful teams. I wanted to put up a link but this site won’t let me.

  • English 101

    What a coincidence. I was speaking with a descendant of A.A. Milne (the author of Winnie the Pooh) and asked him a simple question:

    Why is Eeyore (a pessimistic, gloomy, depressed, anhedonic, old grey stuffed donkey) no longer residing in the Hundred Acre Wood?

    “Because Eeyore (a pessimistic, gloomy, depressed, anhedonic, old grey stuffed donkey) is on a work furlough program for the L.A. Daily News,” he said.

    Now someone needs to tell the editor of the paper that Eeyore (a pessimistic, gloomy, depressed, anhedonic, old grey stuffed donkey) should be working for the Obituaries section of the paper.

  • Trojan5

    If all he said was “because they run out of the shotgun” he is probably an unemployed coordinator. If there is more context to the quote it would be nice to see it

  • Gabby

    Old news wolfie! We have mentioned this numerous times on the blog. What’s amazing is that it took you until mid December with the help of a DC to figure this out……..Low football IQ