10 Things USC Needs To Fix To Beat Cal
1.) Put in some new plays
Cal coaches Justin Wilcox and Peter Sirmon know the USC offensive schemes backward and forward. Assuming the talent gap isn't enough, USC needs some different plays to keep Cal's defense off balance.
2.) Play smart
Every week USC looks undisciplined and disorganized. This is why it can never put teams away. It's an open secret at Heritage Hall but Lynn Swann tolerates it.
3.) Force Clancy Pendergast to watch film of other defenses
Maybe USC's defense would look better against the pass if it wasn't always playing man-to-man coverage. If Clay Helton sent Pendergast to study how other schools play defense instead of slavishly worshipping his overrated defensive coordinator, USC would be a lot better off.
4.) Demand better QB play
Why does JT Daniels have a stranglehold on the quarterback position? He reminds me of Rob Johnson. He can make enough passes to keep his job but doesn't really get you to where you need to be. Jack Sears, please.
5.) Don't burn redshirts
Clay Helton might play freshman tailback Markese Stepp on Saturday. If he is going to burn Stepp's redshirt, he better actually play him and not use him for three plays.
6.) Dominate somebody
Can USC blow anyone out? The Trojans could not even protect a 21-0 lead against Oregon State. How would they fare against Notre Dame right now?
7.) Find a coach who can teach snapping
Toa Lobendahn's snaps have been an issue all season and the great Tim Drevno didn't fix it last week. As an aside, some of the snaps look catchable but JT Daniels isn't getting them so the center has to be better-than-average on every snap.
8.) Stop the false starts
Josh Falo false started against Oregon State. So did Andrew Voorhes. But don't blame them. It happens every week. It doesn't happen every week with well-coaches teams. Neither do personal fouls.
9.) Fire Clay Helton
Just a thought.
10.) Fire Lynn Swann
Do you trust him to hire a good coach or would he just call Jack Del Rio?