USC Football: How Lane Kiffin Can Scheme Around Questionable QB Play

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USC Football: How Lane Kiffin Can Scheme Around Questionable QB Play
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There were going to be changes for the 2013 USC Trojans football program after a disappointing 7-6 record last year, but most thought that the focus would be on the defensive side of the ball with the hiring of new coordinator Clancy Pendergast.

And while that is still true, recent developments on the offense now lead Trojan fans to believe that significant changes could be on the horizon there as well.

With the dismissal of Kennedy Polamalu as offensive coordinator, it now appears that a shakeup in that portion of the game is also imminent.

Whether or not this new philosophy entails head coach Lane Kiffin giving up his play-calling duties remains to be seen, but either way, USC's 2013 offense promises to have a different look.

One reason for this is the fact that USC will be breaking in a new signal-caller next year with the departure of Matt Barkley to graduation.

And if the recent Sun Bowl debacle is any indication, the play at quarterback—whether it is Max Wittek, Cody Kessler or true freshman Max Browne—will have to receive special consideration if USC has visions of success this year.

At least in the early part of the season, the Trojans will have to take pressure off of the new QB as that person finds their way in the offense.

This slideshow will look at some of the ways they can do just that.

Of course, inspired play by the offensive line will be critical to that success, but if the Trojans can get that, here are some ways they can help their quarterback as well.

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