Jack Sears vs. ASU (broken down by Max Browne)

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  1. Jack Sears vs. ASU (broken down by Max Browne)
    AnnenbergGrad

    AnnenbergGrad Junior Member


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    Since we're talking the QB 4 deep and how Sears ended up at the bottom of it, I thought this would be good to repost.

    I always love Browne's informed take on things. Great future as a broadcaster.

    As for Sears, I'll always say that USC could be letting go of a gamer. There's a real risk that they are, and we'll see if Jack wins games for someone else if he chooses to transfer. Staff has said over and over that all four QBs could start elsewhere, so I don't think this is a situation where Jack is being intentionally humiliated. I think it's more a situation where he's being dealt with honestly and in a way that allows him to move on as seamlessly as possible for all involved.

    However, in this one game where he did play well, there were some big time limitations placed on the offense that made it very difficult to win. In this new system, the whole field is used, not half of it. And Jack just wasn't consistent enough in his reads on HoJo to move up on the depth chart. In fact, he's always been below second string, and that's essentially where he stayed.

    As for his "mobility" he ran for 10 yards on one attempt in this game, but also fumbled away a zone read pitch when staff tried to utilize him that way. (Not in the Browne clip, but I was there.) He also couldn't turn the edge for a first down we badly needed for a chance to win the game.

     
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    Nice breakdown
     
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    Let's see, the kid gets no team reps in practice the previous 7 game weeks and gets 1 week to prepare and get in sync for his singular start. Completes 70% of passes and erases a 17 point deficit to take the lead. 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. Sounds like a great outing even if the playbook waa reduced.

    One week later JT starts his 8th game against Oregon State. The worst team in the PAC12 and completes 53% of his passes and 1 TD. Very impressive.

    ASU goes to Utah and crushes them and that was 2 weeks after Utah crushes USC. They knock Utah's starting QB out for the season. ASU defensive front 6 is no joke.

    Now in fall camp Sears throws 1 interception while all other QB's have a minimum 6. He is 85% completion percentage in the 2 scrimmages and has 4 TD passes and 0 interceptions. Slovis throws 0 TD passes and 2 interceptions in those scrimmages. In the spring scrimmage Sears was definitively the best performer as every media member noted. Look back if you doubt my recollection.

    So, this means that Sears is not consistent, productive, accurate, and effective? Apparently REAL data in game-like situations mean nothing to some people trying to justify questionable coaches decisions relating to depth chart placement.

    While I agree that this current offense doesn't suit Jack or Matt perfectly as it does not value a mobile QB there is no doubt they can operate it at a high level. Fink was 85% completion in the 2 scrimmages as well. Coaches need to explain depth chart in more specific ways or just say it's a gut feel or investing in the youth.

    The depth chart would have been fine in any order as long as Slovis was listed 4th.

    Helton knows Sears is gone in December if he isn't starting so he buried him to avoid another QB controversy. Sears will ultimately end up at a program that will highlight his athleticism and he will be fine....USC degree and all.
     
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    I can see Sumlin drooling right now and hoping Sears opts to go to the portal. This is Tate’s last year. But not even sure he will survive this season if he doesn’t win!
    Fight On!
     
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    Yeah, Max leaves out a ginormous piece of the puzzle. Sears was taking few reps, if even that, during practices. That's not his fault they had to use half the field. Jack literally came off the observation deck to prepare for ASU...Yet, he was one bungled dropped TD by Vaughns from winning! Herm Edwards doesn't walk over to shake the hand of just any opposing QB. Edwards recognized an extraordinary effort. Didn't Sears have a 22 yard run called back due to a penalty? Whatev, it's in the past so what does it matter. USC does not, has not, will not, ever develop a dual-threat QB. Sears committed no sins and didn't go into the portal, never complained, worked hard, but he wasn't a fit for the Air Raid that Harrell wants to run. Such a shame USC is clueless about fully utilizing a god gifted athletic quarterback who can also pass the football.
     
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    If Drevno can’t make a good OL SC may wish for a mobile QB. Or will Graham’s get the ball out fast make up for OL?
     
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    Just a couple years ago, Helton and his non identity (gumbo) offense, appeared to be trending towards recruiting the more mobile types, at QB. Sam, Matt and Jack were part of this new found epiphany. Then, in a reverse (adhering to his no identity reputation), Clay brought in JT, and scrapped the whole trend.

    Sears and Matt are a bad fit, in an offense not looking to rely on improvisation. Plenty of coaches would value guys that could create with their legs, over the non mobile statue QB. Heck, even Lamar Jackson (Heisman trophy winner), would finish behind JT and Kedon, if we're strictly going by "consistency ".
     
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    Yep. CCH wanted to be Chip Kelly, but was shackled with the CLK/Sark system. He tried to blend the two and failed miserably.
     
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    Interesting that had Sears not scrambled to the left on the last play the receiver in the middle was wide open from the start. Had he diagnosed the protection he would have seen the single coverage and made the play, but by going left he eliminated that option. Maybe this is exactly why he’s not playing higher in the pecking order. And why are they having to simply an offense that he’s been with for 2 years already while the kid gets everything from the first game.
     
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    He's inconsistent at throwing passes, sorry and at this point. You might want to seek help with you're obsession SoCal. :P

    Pretty much, he doesn't do what Sam might have done. Which is keep his eyes downfield, instead of using his feet all the time, when things break down a little bit, and it's not like that has not been noted in reports.
     
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    Damn
     
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    I was trying to remember who dropped the sure TD pass. That thing was an easy TD and missed opportunity. That's 7 pts right there that came off the board. It was a great call. ASU made adjustments and they didn't get too many looks like that again.

    You're right. JT Daniels went down then Fink went down. Sears was the 3rd string guy. I can't imagine he had a lot of game reps leading up to his start.
     
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    Yeah, Vaughns dropped a sure TD catch. But can't blame the loss on him. He caught a TD pass, had an 80+ yard punt return for a TD and even thew a TD pass on a trick play. Vaughns was the star of the game until the drop.
     

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