The So Cal “So, Whats?”

Eric Balkman@EricBalkmanCorrespondent IMay 30, 2010

HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 23:  Running back LenDale White #25 of the Tennessee Titans carries the all against the Houston Texans on November 23, 2009  at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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On Friday, the Seattle Seahawks announced they had cut ties with running back LenDale White, roughly one month after acquiring him.

This comes after White’s largely unimpressive pro career began (and seemingly ended) in Tennessee.

His backfield counterpart Reggie Bush still has failed to live up to the hype of being the game-changing playmaker New Orleans envisioned him to be when they selected him with the second overall pick a few years ago.

Don’t forget about quarterback Matt Leinart, who not only couldn’t beat out an aging Kurt Warner year after year, but whose Cardinals team is expected to rely on the running game now that he is at quarterback.

And what of the much-hyped wide receiver Mike Williams that has nearly eaten his way out of the NFL twice, only to wallow in mediocrity?

Offensive tackle Winston Justice has also been slow to come around in adjusting to blocking professional pass rushers after he dominated the line of scrimmage for USC in college.

Remember tight end Dominique Byrd and wide receiver Patrick Turner? They were two highly sought after skill players that Pete Carroll signed to play ball for the Trojans. They are now wallowing on NFL benches.

Sure, guys like Steve Smith and Carson Palmer are exceptions to the rule.  And some of the above players are still young and improving. And some of them have already accomplished more than a lot of other drafted players.

But all this hype about players wanting to play in the pro-style offense that USC runs so that they will be better suited for the NFL is questionable at best.

There have certainly been more misses than hits coming out of the USC offense over the last decade under Carroll, who is now the head man in Seattle. Carroll no doubt had a lot of pull in bringing White into camp in April.

He also probably had a lot of input in letting him go Friday as well. Here’s hoping the latest running back from USC, Joe McKnight, has a better NFL career than the Trojans before him.


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