There’s an old saying in sports that if you have two quarterbacks, you really have none.
Does that hold true for offensive play callers, too?
That was the case early in South Carolina’s season. Shawn Elliott was co-offensive coordinator but shared play-calling duties with a host of other coaches.
After Elliott took over as interim coach, he appointed quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus as the offensive coordinator and sole play caller.
That decision has paid dividends, as the Gamecocks now have to look in one direction for leadership.
“It’s great. It’s fantastic. It has really helped our offense run smoothly,” Elliott said during Wednesday’s SEC coaches teleconference.
“It’s one voice, other than the fact I throw my two cents in there, my ideas, but just the communication between plays from one particular coach. It’s one strong voice, no indecision, and that really helps us out.”
Since the changes across the coaching staff took place before the Vanderbilt game, the Gamecocks offense has posted its two highest yardage outputs of the season — 424 against Vandy followed by the season-high 445 at Texas A&M.
The biggest difference is communication, Elliott said, as players and coaches are now on the same page.
“We know where we stand, who has control of it, from a player’s standpoint and a coach’s standpoint,” Elliott said. “That helps our focus and our communication in tune to what we want to do.”