South Carolina Gamecocks’ offensive problems marred by complexity

Frustrated. That’s the only proper word to discuss the fan base’s overall opinion of the attack’s performance three weeks into a long season. Gamecock fans took to social media in droves yesterday regarding another disappointing performance off the ball that gave so much promise in the offseason.

The question, however, regarding the inconsistencies of the offense is whether the problem lies more with the call for play or the execution of the plays themselves. As with most puzzles that sports teams face, the onus of fault does not lie solely on the shoulders of one side, but more so on a mixture of several factors at play.

Uneven execution

There’s no denying that part of the problem with South Carolina’s offense is the players on the field. Quarterback Spencer Rattler sometimes struggles to be patient with a pro-style system that’s new to him. There’s apparently a belief that his arm talent will sometimes get him out of bad decisions, an ugly tendency that often hurts him.

There were also times when the skill posts did not provide adequate support. They’re not underperforming, but sometimes you need perimeter players to bail out the offense.

Up front, the offensive line doesn’t always hold up well to pass protection, especially when facing opponents with an advantage in speed and general athleticism.

Confusing calling game

Of course, while it is up to the players to perform on the pitch, it is the responsibility of the coaches to position their players where they can unleash their full potential. There have been plenty of moments so far this season where the thought process behind the use of attacking personnel has been called into question.

Although Rattler is a magician when moving outside of the pocket, it is rare for coins to show his best traits. South Carolina has multiple point guards at every skill position. Yet, with each game, some players receive a bewildering number of targets.

Attacking football, ultimately, should always have some priority given to the ground game. Yet at the start of these games, the last two weeks, it seems like it doesn’t matter, then suddenly reappears when play heavily favors the South Carolina opponent.

However, there is no silver bullet for this offense that will make all these problems go away; only effort and self-introspection could potentially do that.

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Sharon D. Cole