Keith farner | 2 months ago
South Carolina has fallen into a rut again, and the most pressing issue for Shane Beamer should be finding a way to remove the Gamecocks.
What the coaching staff have been trying for a few weeks now is not working, and the excuse of playing against No.2 Georgia vanished in the noisy environment of Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday night against a Kentucky side whose the Gamecocks were capable. mark on it. There is only a short time for you to talk about vague generalities about remedying the infraction before it becomes repetitive. Beamer is almost there.
How does this technical staff, especially offensive, react to adversity?
In 4 games, South Carolina is less productive offensively than it was at the end of last season. The Gamecocks are averaging 322 yards per game on offense, ranking 13th in the SEC. Last season they were 355 yards away against tougher competition overall than games that include Eastern Illinois and Eastern Carolina.
On the surface, it looks like the issues lie in the offensive line and running backs, but Beamer suggests tight ends are involved and some of the quarterback’s footwork could improve.
“It’s a multitude of things and it’s, it’s the thing, it’s not just a person,” Beamer said on Sunday’s media conference call, per SportsTalkSC. “There were a couple of games last night, I mean the first game of the game, if we get to the – we don’t get to the linebacker before. We’re blocking it and I’m not sure we don’t have a long, long game-one in the game. There are runs where the wide receiver – the perimeter blocking needs to be better, where Luke (Doty) directed the ball and we need to block the perimeter better.
Will Beamer make a change to his coaching staff? Staff hires have been called into question, and after Auburn fired his wide receivers coach and Vanderbilt changed his play call protocol, Beamer would not be the only first-year SEC coach to make a change. fast. Offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield has already admitted that not using Juju McDowell against Georgia was a huge mistake, and even something that “always drives me nuts.”
It doesn’t take a football genius to wonder why a team that sent 4 starters back on the offensive line, and which had Kevin Harris leading the SEC in the run, is now 40 yards less per game on the ground and has slipped to 11th in the SEC for the ground run.
It could be a micro-change or a macro, but Beamer still digests all the variables, including his decision making at # 4.
“One of the fourth tries, the ball to Kevin, his pace or his tempo hitting the hole was a little quick. We shot the guard and the guard was pushed back by the center and Kevin was a little quick on the pace of the game and ran into the hole before the guard could get there, ”said Beamer. “It’s a whole lot of stuff and it starts with us as coaches and continuing to focus on the little things and giving us a chance to be successful. I don’t think this is a pattern. I think we played a lot of the same games last night as the South Carolina offense last year, and we just have to keep running what we’re looking to call and better coach what we’re running.
South Carolina is tied for 12th in the SEC with a total of 9 sacks allowed. Kentucky had 2 on Saturday night.
“OK, not bad, not great,” Beamer said. “(Marquan McCall) for them it’s a load on the inside. He weighs around 380 pounds, so he’s definitely a load in the middle and had a good push. Mentally, we have to be better in everything.
McCall’s comment is similar to the one Beamer previously had about Georgia’s Jordan Davis. As the diagram suggests, the Gamecocks will face a player like this on the defensive front most weeks in the SEC.
There have been pass protection busts for the running backs and communication issues within the offensive line.
“We really have to be better at it, obviously,” Beamer said. “It can’t happen. We’re going to communicate on the line of scrimmage and we need to do a better job of executing and putting everyone on the same page.
The Gamecocks get Troy this week and still have Vanderbilt on the schedule as they focus on bowl possibilities. But that still leaves 2 more wins needed, and that kind of offensive performance probably won’t be enough.
It is time for the changes to happen.