Josh Kendall

Bryan McClendon will visit NFL team to talk offense this offseason

South Carolina’s offensive coaching staff won’t visit any other team as a group this offseason, but Gamecocks offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon does have one special solo trip planned.

McClendon will visit with the offensive coaching staff of the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles before the 2018 season begins, he said. The Eagles finished third in the NFL in total yards last season, gaining 442.7 per game on the way to their championship game upset of the New England Patriots.

Philadelphia head coach Doug Pederson is considered one of the NFL’s most innovative offensive coaches, and former South Carolina star Duce Staley is Peterson’s running backs coach. Staley set up McClendon’s visit.

Other staff members will visit other colleges, McClendon said, but he did not reveal which ones. McClendon was promoted to offensive coordinator prior to last year’s Outback Bowl, and that’s the only game in which he has worked as a play-caller.

He’s also talked with Miami head Mark Richt and Colorado State head coach Mike Bobo, who McClendon worked under at Georgia.

“I’ve leaned a lot on those guys,” he said.