O-Line Alarm Bells?

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  2. Troy70

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    At least with harder practices our OL will have better chance to prove themselves come fall. Another factor is OC formations
     
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    Nothing this spring has given me confidence that the line will be better than it was last year.

    That being said, it’s early and there is still a bunch of time to improve. If McGuire is tweaking things and making adjustments, these guys have had six practices to work on it and I don’t know how much improvement can be expected in that amount of time.
     
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    Why not just plug in the 2nd/3rd year players, and move away from the returnees, esp those that got awarded extra years....give them the reps, then see in Fall camp who should be the starters...
     
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    If blame must be assigned for the O-line's problems, I blame Harrell for a lot of this.
     
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    I can see arguments for handling it both ways (leaving the returning starters there for two weeks, or just mixing absolutely everything up). Having done it this way, I think it sets a baseline for McGuire and the entire position unit. Now if/when you really start mixing and flipping, you've seen what the presumed first group has done and you can compare. A new coach can watch film all he wants, but it's different when he sees an updated version live in practice. So in that way, I understand McGuire wanting to get a fairly long look at the lineup that makes the most sense in terms of returning experience.
     
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    PEDs type of adjustments?
     
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    Let's keep in mind that McGuire did not recruit any of them so mixing absolutely everything up gives him the best chance of picking the right guys. Based on last year's performance, none of the returning starters has earned their position as far as I'm concerned.
     
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    I agree. Harrell has to change the offense and be more invented with schemes, formations and play calling. His running formation is pathetic.
     
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    Erik, do you think Courtland is set at LT?
     
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    I don't think he's "set" as in there is absolutely no chance somebody else plays there this fall. But I'm comfortable right now saying I'd be surprised if he's not starting there to open the season. And I realize there is still a ton of time between now and that first game. If a veteran shows up via the transfer portal, I might call an audible.
     
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    A slow-developing running play with a five-man OL and no TE is not going to work. By the time the snap arrives to the QB, he hands it to the back and the back gets up a head of steam, it's already a slow-developing play. This should be obvious to Harrell. It's a defensive end's dream!
     
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    How come Clay and company didn't offer any Juco offensive linemen, SC had success there in the past? Hopefully there's some good players in the transfer portal.
     
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    Do you really think they didn’t look?
     
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    Because we’ve had 3 Oline coaches is just under 4 years. Eventually, you gotta develop the 19 kids you have.
     
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    Wait... are you telling that USC is having O-Line troubles? this is really super duper odd because this hasn't happened... SINCE EVERY FREAKING SEASON SINCE CCH HAS BEEN HERE!!!!!!! f-me. Ground hog day.. again.
     
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    Scott, I would assume it's all frustrating for you, and you're not looking to stir anything up, but I assume the coaches have a plan and that they've shared some of that with the players. Anything that you can let us know about that won't get Jason into hot water?

    I would have to believe that there are things going on that we aren't seeing.
     
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    I’m pretty sure it’s not a top secret topic. Anyone who’s watched our offense could see not just a physical deficiency, but a lack of run blocking over the last two seasons. We can’t just rely on the pass game. Steiner has done the lords work on the physical issue, McGuire is making pretty decent decisions, so is Graham. Having our QB’s going under center is very encouraging. A more balanced offense is in process
     
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    This is great news Scott. Thanks for sharing. According to Erik's reports, it does seem like they're all getting a lot of physical reps. It can't help but pay dividends. I just hope we never see any more goal-line and short-yardage plays without a tight end. Harrell has to figure this out.
     
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    Maybe Slovis should trust the run game more. His decisions are a factor too. He's done fine given his age so far and I expect we'll see some improvement this year. I'm only blaming him a tiny bit but I thought I'd mention it.
     

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