Last week before the Arkansas game I pointed out that Steve Spurrier should be taking more heat for his offense and its lack of production. Some people didn’t agree with with that idea. How can they argue it now?
Let’s face it, Spurrier was hired because he was considered an offensive mastermind. Well, the offense has been the weak link in the program for going on three years now. Really, the offense has struggled for parts of each of Spurrier’s five seasons at USC.
Today on his conference call Spurrier was asked about the play calling and namely who is in charge of calling most of the plays. Spurrier admitted he is not calling all the plays anymore. The word we are getting is that Steve Spurrier Jr. is calling most of the plays and the Head Ball Coach is offering some here and there.
After Saturday’s loss against Arkansas tight end Weslye Saunders expressed his unhappiness with the Gamecocks current play calling set up. He seems to think Spurrier Jr., who is the receivers coach, tries to call plays for his unit and forgets about some of the other players.
Here is the bottom line: Spurrier needs to take over the offense. It is his job to get it going and there is no excuse for the way that unit is playing in year five of his tenure. It is one thing to lose but it is another to lose and look bad. Taking two straight timeouts to call a QB sneak? Calling the same play three straight times? Snapping the ball over the quarterback’s head? You can’t use the no talent or “we are young” card when you are in year five. Bobby Petrino is in year two at Arky and he has his offense rolling.
Remember what people used to love/hate about Spurrier? His ability to call the perfect play and make defenses look silly. He could score almost at will. And he was confident and brash. Now he doesn’t call the plays and isn’t confident but usually pretty negative when it comes to his team. He doesn’t even seem like the same person he was when he took over at USC five years ago.
Steve Spurrier needs to channel some of his inner Steve Spurrier and he needs to do it pretty quick. The Gamecock Nation seems like its getting impatient.