Kedon rushed 8 times yesterday for -1 yards.

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  1. Kedon rushed 8 times yesterday for -1 yards.
    TrojanDrive

    TrojanDrive Junior Member


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    I'm not criticizing him at all. He was running to keep plays alive but if we only net -1 yards then many of those 8 plays are wasted. Ok, granted, maybe a couple of those runs kept a scoring drive alive.

    In contrast, Ian Book's 12 carries netted 49 yards and 1 TD which is a good return on investment.

    I bring this up to illustrate our coaching idiocy. Stepp averaged 8.2 yards a carry but only got 10 carries. Just think if he got the ball 10-15 more times in this game. It makes no sense to run a QB 8 times while at same time only giving Steppe 10 carries.

    There are a finite amount of offensive plays a team gets in a game. It's crucial to maximize return by putting the ball in the right places as much as possible.

    If I were paid millions to coach a game, I would make sure I understood the strategic and analytic aspects forwards and backwards.

    There is no excuse for Steppe to have gotten just 10 carries. Harrell is so busy running his so called "Air Raid" genius plays that he misses the obvious tactic right in front of his nose.
     
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    Slovis’ “rushing” statistics are irrelvant in our offense. Avoiding sacks and making an occasional first down is nice, but “stats” don’t tell the story.

    You have two different parts to your story. Harrell was brought here for his passing offense, but yeah, the Stepp story has become valid due to the defenses we are seeing.
     
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    Makes absolute sense TrojanDrive. Slovis hesitated a bit when he rushed in the red zone and got clobbered. He looked rattled in the next play. I doubt he’ll try it again if he has another option.
     
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    Perhaps Helton and Harrel weirdly think that Stepp is already getting the ball too much and that Carr and Malepeai’s feelings will be hurt if he gets more run plays.
     
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    I agree that Harrell was brought in for passing but Stepp is a clear asset on the ground that will reap benefits in the passing attack if he is utilized at an optimal level. I'm not advocating we only run the ball. I'm arguing we need to run Stepp more to force D's to respect our run game so they can't just sit back in loaded pass coverage. We have to make them pay for only having 3 on the D line.

    Yes, I agree Slovis yards gained may not itself be relevant but utilizing 8 plays on him running without getting much back in return is relevant. It's called "opportunity cost". What if those plays were instead allocated to an option that would have yielded more positive outcomes?

    Stepp, in his USC career, only has 35 carries yet the kid averages 8.2 yds per carry. Why would a coach only give a RB like that 10 touches or less per game? It makes no sense.

    Stepp playing more would make things easier for the whole offense including Slovis and the WRs. USC ran the ball 35 times yesterday. Stepp should have had at least 18-20 carries. More carries for Stepp combined with less for Carr/Malepeai. Those two guys should be secondary options.
     
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    There’s a big difference between a mobile QB and a running QB.

    Slovis is mobile
    Fink is a runner
    JT is on crutches because he’s neither.
     
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    It’s mindblowing. Then Dough has Tge audacity to say Stepp is a nice compliment to Carr. What a slap in the face.
     
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    You get it. Slovis is somewhat elusive, but he’s not a runner. In this offense, he has to put the ball right where the receivers are open and he’s often inconsistent
     
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    This coaching staff finds new ways to insult their players. It’s unbelievable.
     
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    Saban would utilize Stepp as a workhorse.

    I think there is credence to your last sentence that Helton is trying to appease Carr and Malepeai.
     
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    I remember reading and hearing Harrell saying his Offense is so simple and it exploits what the D is giving. If they play the pass he runs, if they take the short pass away he goes deep, if they take the middle away he spreads them out. Teams are daring us to run and can't stop Stepp. He by his own words should be exploiting this. Run, run, run, Stepp until they have to adjust their D. Then attack them with our passing game. This is what he claimed he would do. Exploit mismatches. Helton and his favoritism and seniority is just another obstacle. If Harrell truly has control of this Offense he'll use Stepp with Carr as a change of pace.
     
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    Saban is a HC
     
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    Wonder how much Clay has a say in who gets reps
     
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    Exactly. I still think that behind the scenes, The Situational Master has his hands all over this Offense. Tirico said during the broadcast: "Every time Stepp gets the ball, he moves the chains" and Flutie said emphatically the SC needs to run the ball until ND stops them. The NBC/Domer announcers can see it plain as day but our staff of geniuses don't. Sadly, I think The Situational Master still finishes out the year before being tossed out.
     
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    4 of those "runs" are sacks
     
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    You’re kidding, right?
     
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    Not with Suckisian having their qb tossing 4 picks ... Saban went Kiffin on lug head Suck yesterday
     
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    We saw what happened when they started feeding the ball to Stepp in the second half, it opened up the passing game and allowed the TD pass to St. Brown.
     
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    Forget it, he's rolling.
     
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    If you have to make a decision, I think Vavae is the odd man out. Stepp can be used as the power/ bruiser back, and Carr, the change of pace guy. Tough decisions multimillion dollar coaches are paid to make.
     

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