Originally Posted by LafayetteBear
1BTF: You're right about that. But, then again, you guys have been on pretty much a decade long winning streak with QB's (only Corp and Mustain have been disappointing, and Corp didn't get a real shot), while Cal has seen a whole lot of futility at QB since Rodgers left. I think that goes a long way in explaining the obsession.
Imagine if Barkley had gone pro and Kiffin announced he was going with (and sticking with) Scroggins this season. Wouldn't QB be quite high on your list of concerns?
I'm not worried about the future after Barkley because the next Trojan QB will not be asked to carry the offense. We want our QB's to make good decisions and let guys like Bush, Jarrett, Williams, Lendale White, Lee, Woods, McNeal, Morgan and others do the work.
The decade long winning streak should be attributed to 1) Great defense 2) Excellent O-line play
3) Balanced offenses. We've been lucky to have a string of several QB's WHO MADE GOOD DECISIONS. The only Trojan QB's that had an arm comparable to Rodgers were Palmer and Sanchez. Barkley is accurate and has a good (but not great) arm.
Here is what Kiffin had to say at the Pac12 coaches conference call:
USC coach Lane Kiffin said he wants to see improvements in the running game: "I think we did improve in the second half of the season comparable to the first half ... obviously we lost our left tackle Matt Kalil, so that will be tough to replace. But Curtis coming back after a 1,000-yard season. He's coming into his senior year. I'm looking for him to improve with D.J. Morgan going into his second year of playing with us. We aren't very deep, but we would like to definitely improve our rushing stats."