Someone who was on the sideline during the USC-Stanford game told me they were shocked at the lack of emotion on the sideline during the game.
This does not contradict USC’s performance. In the second half, it looked to me like USC had either lost interest or given up as it became apparent the Trojans’ offense wasn’t going to be able to mount a comeback with its struggling offense.
It also raises questions about the leadership, which starts wit the coaching staff. USC looked listless Clay Helton did not seem confident in the second half that USC would be able to muster some offense.
And I wouldn’t put it all on the offense. How many times did you see the defense put pressure on K.J. Costello? Don’t forget three of the four captains our on defense and they weren’t exactly firing up their teammates via their performance.
Meanwhile, look at what happened with USC’s No. 1 Super Fan. He has turned on Clay Helton. Again.
USC offense: Virtually no motion. TEs and screens don’t exist. Low percentage fade routes & deep routes galore. OLineman never get better. Boring and predictable. Sam Darnold covered up lots of coaching woes.
— Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) September 9, 2018
Remember in 2016, he wanted to fire Helton and make him national coach of the year within three months.