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Thursday Whispers: USC Coaches See A Big Problem Next Year

Thursday Whispers: USC Coaches See A Big Problem Next Year

There is little doubt that firing of USC offensive line coach Neil Callaway was overdue.

But some of the coaching staff is more worried about a longer-term problem under Clay Helton that cannot be fixed by simply firing one assistant coach.

Look at the offensive line: There are three seniors starting (Chris Brown, Chuma Edoga, Toa Lobendahn).

Who will replace them? In Saturday’s game, Jalen McKenzie replaced Edoga. The backups for Brown are Jordan Austin and Alijah Vera-Tucker.

“They have a weak offensive line now but they might be worse next season,” an NFL scout who attends practices said.

The only improvement will like be at center where Brett Neilon should replace Lobendahn.

This is a clear failure of recruiting and the poor evaluation under Helton. Tee Martin might have been unfairly demoted by Helton but his desire to go after every wide receiver and ignore quality offensive linemen is a huge indictment of him and Helton.

Since the 2012 recruiting class, only two offensive linemen were drafted (Max Tuerk, Zach Banner) and they were not exactly world-class players.

This is what worries current coaches. Although whether they even return is not a sure thing at this point.

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