Former Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn had a singular perch this fall.
Quinn, now an analyst for Fox Sports, was the colour commentator for each USC and Texas Tech soccer video games, getting an up-close view of the Trojans’ ailing offense and the Pink Raiders’ dynamic assault.
With former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury employed to exchange Tee Martin because the Trojans’ offensive coordinator on Wednesday, Quinn spoke with the Southern California Information Group, sizing up the rent and arrival of the brilliant play-caller in Los Angeles.
The dialog was edited for brevity.
Q: USC had points scoring the ball. Texas Tech, with Kliff Kingsbury, all the time scored plenty of factors. On paper, it looks like a slam-dunk rent. Is that a truthful evaluation?
A: I feel so. It will all be depending on Kliff with the ability to go in there and have full autonomy of the offense. As a result of that’s what we noticed at Texas Tech. It was his offense. He’s the top coach. There’s nobody impeding on his capacity to name what we needed to. So if (Trojans coach) Clay Helton’s prepared to be hands-off with it, although he took these obligations from Tee Martin and it’s how he obtained the job within the first place, he’s obtained to let him do what he does. That’s sort of the very first thing.
However I feel whenever you take a look at the scheme and the potential match, it’s considerably favorable to (quarterback) JT Daniels and what at occasions they have been making an attempt to do that yr at USC. They’ve received the talent gamers on the surface to actually be explosive. For those who take a look at Texas Tech and what Kliff was doing down there, they primarily ran units the place you had 4 broad receivers, they have been in units with three large receivers and one tight finish, after which that they had three broad receivers and two operating backs. In the event you take a look at the roster from USC, that basically, actually matches what they’ve and what they excel at. They usually get the ball out of the quarterbacks’ palms, get them straightforward completions, straightforward reads. They unfold the sector out the place there are straightforward completions for JT they usually’ll stretch the sector vertically. It must be an awesome match for JT when he excels. It ought to be an ideal match for the personnel. He’s one of many extra artistic innovators.
Q: What have been the most important variations between what USC was doing and what Texas Tech was doing on offense? What sort of transition awaits?
A: It’s fairly easy. Texas Tech is an Air Raid offense. They obtained sufficient stability within the operating recreation from the single-back and two-back units and their inside and out of doors zone video games, attracts, some quarterback runs. However for probably the most half, they’re a diffusion, up-tempo, no-huddle Air Raid offense. So lots of it will be predicated on the passing recreation. That’s going to open up a number of the operating recreation. He’ll sprinkle in sufficient to be balanced. It’s a mixture of screens, principally from the broad receivers, some to the operating backs, some RPOs (run-pass choices) as properly, relying on the potential of the quarterback and what they’ve up in entrance. And vertical photographs downfield, whether or not it’s 4 verts or two-by-two or three-by-one units. It’s pretty easy, however once you run a no-huddle, up-tempo offense like that, it’s robust to cease.
USC, to be fairly trustworthy with you, I don’t actually assume that they had an id. All through the course of the season, they needed to take a number of the strain off JT, in order that they needed to run the ball they usually turned this group that ran an honest quantity of inside zone, slightly little bit of hole scheme as properly. However outdoors of that, I’m not likely positive what you’d name it. They have been clearly unfold this yr, however I don’t essentially know should you’d make the case that it appeared something near what Texas Tech was doing.
Q: What concerning the Air Raid can be a great marriage with JT?
A: He could make all of the throws. With all of the several types of ideas they put in, whether or not it was west coast, unfold, RPO, and so forth., he can do all of it. He confirmed his means to try this. He throws an excellent deep ball. So far as the vertical passing recreation goes, he’s going to have the ability to reap the benefits of that. He’s decisive. I feel he’s a reasonably sensible child relating to soccer. So he’s going to have the ability to deal with plenty of what Kliff asks of him out of that system.
Q: JT was prepared to take loads of deep photographs as a freshman. Does which have bearing on how he’d slot in with Kliff’s offense?
A: He likes guys who can stretch the sector or are aggressive. That’s Kliff’s type. He’s been accustomed to enjoying in a league (the Massive 12) that you simply received to outscore your opponent. Up till perhaps the final couple years, he hasn’t had a protection to assist him out, so I feel he’s completely snug operating a system the place it’s a must to outscore your opponents, and JT clearly has the power and the aggressiveness the place he’s going to try this.
Q: Most quarterbacks who’ve been with Kliff Kingsbury have turned out fairly properly. Is there a standard thread for why he’s been good at creating quarterbacks?
A: For starters, he’s capable of determine youngsters that match with the profile of what’s going to achieve success in his system, however as a quarterback generally. Clearly the quarterbacks he recruits translate nicely into the NFL. That’s why you had a child like Baker (Mayfield), he had Davis (Webb), he had Patrick Mahomes after which even Nic Shimonek, who acquired checked out too. He understands tips on how to determine the traits that aren’t solely going to work for him, however will work on the subsequent degree. This can be a little totally different. You bought JT who’s already there, which will not be the man he would’ve went after. As gifted as JT is as a quarterback, you possibly can’ve checked out what Alan Bowman did this yr as a real freshman (at Texas Tech) and he was equally as spectacular, if no more. He was gifted. I don’t understand how all of the politics work there at USC, but when I used to be Kliff, I’d be looking for the subsequent man. It’s no disrespect to JT. I simply assume competitors is sweet for quarterbacks. He might undoubtedly use it. I don’t assume the best way he performed this yr goes to be ok, and he’s obtained to take an enormous step if USC needs to be aggressive within the Pac-12 shifting ahead.
Q: You might do a spring quarterback competitors.
A: That finally can be greatest, particularly if I’m a brand new coach strolling in there, I’d need to give Jack Sears each alternative. When you’re Kliff, you is perhaps on the lookout for a sure disposition of a quarterback. You could be on the lookout for a sure sort of athlete. Perhaps Jack matches that description extra. Perhaps it’s a child popping out of the subsequent class. I do know they obtained gifted guys there. That’s sometimes the case there, proper? I don’t assume USC recruits not very gifted quarterbacks. You must have the ability to line these guys up, have ’em compete and let the most effective man win.
Q: In addition to the quarterbacks, are there different guys that may stand to realize from somebody like Kliff Kingsbury?
A: Each broad receiver. He distributes the soccer. He creates alternative ways and performs of getting you the soccer. All these guys are going to get a ton of touches and are going to be vastly improved. As a lot as you need to sit there and take a look at the quarterbacks he’s developed, take into consideration a number of the vast receivers, the blokes he performed with who’ve performed within the NFL or the blokes he developed (Jakeem Grant, Antoine Wesley, Dylan Cantrell). The cool factor is, a man like Amon-Ra St. Brown goes to be a stud in his system, (Michael) Pittman can be a stud. Everybody with eligibility is coming again. That crew, between (Tyler) Vaughns, Pittman, Velus Jones and Amon-Ra, that ought to be the most effective 4 wide-receiver set within the nation. Ohio State has a bunch of men shifting on. That crew in that offense, whether or not it’s JT or Sears or whoever, these guys ought to simply have an outstanding yr subsequent yr. They’re all going to be good matches within the system.
Q: Is the manufacturing guys have simply as a consequence of quantity? You’re doing extra tempo. Or is he artistic in placing guys in good place?
A: It’s each. The tempo and the quantity of performs you’re operating at a speedy tempo goes to be a part of it. You’re tiring out the protection. It’s onerous if you’re enjoying at that quick of a tempo for these guys to actually need to get again and line up and play press man-to-man protection. There’s quite a lot of delicate covers you’ll see, and also you’ll get some straightforward completions there, some yards after the catch there. Then there’s going to be occasions to take photographs and there’s going be double strikes concerned and totally different ideas that he’s clearly run totally different formations and units to get guys open.
Q: Looking forward to spring ball, whenever you’re making the transition to this Air Raid system, is that a simple adjustment? Is it an extended one? How a lot of a transition interval awaits them?
A: It’s robust. All of it is determined by if there’s a quarterback competitors or not. Or for those who’re anointing one man because the starter instantly, he ought to get virtually all of the reps. I went by means of a transition my sophomore to junior yr with Charlie Weis (at Notre Dame) and it was such as you have been taking a further three hours of sophistication, so that you’re spending all of your time making an attempt to get acquainted with that offense, the terminology of it, after which the timing and rhythm that’s inside the offense. Everybody’s going to be just a little totally different. The footwork could also be totally different. And the way you learn issues and take a look at issues could also be totally different.
Q: It doesn’t sound like a fast repair. Or are you speaking concerning the man-hours it should take to study the offense?
A: They’re going to have loads of time to get it down. Alec Bowman was a real freshman who was capable of are available there this yr and have plenty of success studying the system and with the ability to be efficient for Texas Tech. I don’t assume these guys may have a tough time getting it down and being efficient within the system.
Q: You hear typically it’s the Air Raid, and also you point out it, they usually throw the ball so much. How a lot do they use operating recreation and the way does that think about?
A: I might say this about Kliff. He’s not the identical as (Washington State coach and former Texas Tech coach) Mike Leach. That offense is a bit more simplified they usually’re in all probability somewhat extra one-dimensional too. Kliff actually performs to the strengths of his gamers. There have been years the place he had a child named DeAndre Washington, who was a strong operating again. They ran the ball an honest quantity. Justin Stockton was type of a home-run hitter for them. He was a man that, once they had two-running again units, he can be in there and have these guys get the soccer an honest quantity. He’s not against looking for that stability and play to the strengths of his group and determining alternative ways, whether or not it’s screens, whether or not it’s additional releasing a again into the flat or round to the route. He’s going to make the most of all the things at his disposal.
It’s not simply the Air Raid system he was part of. He spent a bit little bit of time with New England too. So he’s acquired items of that system. He watches the NFL. He watches the remainder of the individuals within the school realm to return up with totally different performs and totally different ideas that match the individuals he has on his workforce. He’s far more versatile and versatile with what he needs to do and the way he needs to assault in comparison with Mike Leach. As evidenced within the Apple Cup (28-15 loss for the Cougars) and listening to (Washington) defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake speak about what their benefit was. He knew what they have been going to do. He’s what he’s. He’s not going to vary. That’s not Kliff. They’re an expansion, up-tempo and all that, however they’ll do a bunch of various issues that perhaps it’s arduous to see by the bare eye.