Harrell on how opponents are defending the USC offense

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  1. Harrell on how opponents are defending the USC offense
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    This morning I asked Graham Harrell about the differences he saw in the way Utah defended them this year compared to last year, since Utah was the first team this season that brought back the same defensive coordinator from 2019.

    "Last year, and I don’t know if it was because of the success we had against the man coverage they played on us last year or if it was because they have a really young defense, but we went in expecting them to play a decent amount of man just because that’s kind of in their DNA and besides short-yardage situations, I don’t know if we got a single snap of it. A lot more two safeties than we expected, and zone coverage. But again, having no tape we didn’t know what to expect so we kind of expected they’d do what they do. In the past they’ve shown that man coverage is knid of who they are and they didn’t play us in hardly any man coverage. It was a lot different than it was the previous year, a little bit different than what we expected. But I thought our guys did a decent job adjusting."

    I then asked if he saw this becoming a blueprint for how teams will play them.

    "Utah, I don’t think they’re just dialing up a new defense that they’ve never done, but I do think that we do see a lot of softer coverage it seems and dropping a lot of people into coverage has kind of been something a lot of people have tried against us. We don’t see a ton of man, which surprised me from Utah. A lot of teams, that’s just not who they are. Utah in the past that’s who they’ve been. But losing nine starters I think from last year’s defense and a lot of those guys to the NFL – I don’t know if that had more to do with us or more to do with them having as many young guys and as many inexperienced guys as they had on that defense."

    Harrell was also asked about the drop in yards per attempt this season compared to last.

    "I would love to throw it down the field, but I think that everyone is playing us to try to prevent that and I don’t blame them. I think that’s what everyone’s game plan is against us, or what it’s been against us. That doesn’t mean it’s going to continue to be that way, but I think that one of the things that most teams try to do is take away explosives and that’s not a bad idea. Utah came out and tried to play a lot of man coverage last year and we threw the ball over the top of their head. This year they didn’t play a single snap of man coverage. They were playing extremely soft and their whole game plan was to not get beat deep. I’ve been proud of the way guys have continued to battle and take what the defense gives them. If they’re not going to let you throw it over their heads, you’re going to need to check it down, go on longer drives, going to have to run the football, and that’s what we’ve been able to do. I think that’s what most peoples’ game plans are. I would love for people to come play tight and let us throw it over their head, but I think people are afraid of us doing that and so therefore their game plan is to play soft, don’t let them throw it over your head and try to keep everything in front of you."
     
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    Soft zone coverage has worked very well......like kryptonite. So far, USC has the #45 ranked scoring offense in FBS. Not very good, especially when ugly comes in at #27, CU #12, UW #30, and Oregon #19. No one thinks those teams have better offensive personnel than USC.
     
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    Run the ball on first , let your O L attack
     
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    If Harrell thought Utah was going to play man coverage instead of zone, despite of what happened last season and them having a lot of inexperienced players on their defense, then he was probably the only one in the world , except maybe Helton, who thought that way.

    that doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence in an offensive coordinator. Geez, everyone is going to play the zone against us.
     
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    I full year of tape on Slovis and dropping 8 is working all around the country.

    Slovis has tendencies. I can list them but I don't want to share the recipe to the secret sauce to our opponents. He does alot of the same things in certain situations I can almost tell you where he's going with the ball and what route he's throwing to in certain situations. He's getting pretty predictable. I can see why teams have caught up.
     
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    If this doesn't make Scam Harrell fans wake up I don't know what will. I'm not a DC and I can tell you I would drop 8 against us so long as Scam is running the Offense and he doesn't figure it out. Why in the world would he expect Utah to come back and play the same Defense that got them burnt last season. Great/good coaches make adjustments. Something Helton knows nothing about and apparently either does Harrell. If he can't see every team is having success at defending us this way and will continue doing he's dumber than Helton.
     
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    I was asking myself is this guy Harrell stubborn , stupid or BOTH as to why he hasn’t made the adjustment to the “zone” defensive scheme for greater then a year?? I now have my answer...he is just completely STUPID!!!
     
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