Excitement about what South Carolina’s offense might look like was at an all-time high early in the season. They put together an impressive bowl performance and added quarterback Spencer Rattler to the mix.
Things started slowly, but football takes time. They seemed to be taking steps in the right direction and working towards something. However, they have not made any real progress over the last month and may even be declining.
This group’s selling point was that they would make an efficient pro-style offense. They would squeeze every game, run the football well, and build in complex reads that only an NFL-caliber quarterback could pull off.
It requires strong execution from everyone across the board, meaning only a select few offenses can do it well. Georgia is a great case in point: it took them three seasons to develop a viable pro offense.
Higher education systems tend to be free-flowing and spatial. Coordinators focus on making things easier for their quarterback by quickly taking the ball out of their hands.
You need special open-field players for this strategy to work, but the top programs usually do. Tennessee runs a fast-paced offensive that took just one season to install.
The point with this style is that college defenders are not equipped to handle seventy moves per game. Eventually they will collapse, which means the offense can take advantage of discrepancies.
College defenses can play forty games a game quite well. South Carolina’s opponents had no trouble stringing together three positive plays and coming off the field to refresh them for late-game situations.
The Gamecocks are too far in to switch styles this year. They’ve already gone through install and midseason evaluation periods, and the question they need to ask themselves is: what do they want to do going forward?
Many assume offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield will be gone after the season. While this may be a good start, it doesn’t magically make your problems go away.
Head Coach Shane Beamer is the one who decided to implement this system. He could easily find a replacement for Satterfield riding the same style, or he could go a different route.
Rattler is easily the best quarterback talent the program has had in years. South Carolina can’t afford to waste its window, and that starts with preparing this group to play meaningful football.
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