What do former USC players talk about with each other?
Recently, I was with several ex-defensive players, including one who is an All-American. One thing that came up was a play from the USC-Cal game, specifically the 29-yard TD pass from Chase Garbers to Vic Wharton in the third quarter.
“What were they thinking giving no help to the slot with no deep defenders?” one of the players said. “Clancy Pendergast loves to leave his cornerbacks exposed.”
The point of recounting this episode is because some fans still defend Pendergast. He likes to play man-to-man defense and doesn’t like to give his cornerbacks help in the secondary. This puts a lot of pressure on the cornerbacks. His refusal to adjust becomes a problem at times.
His defense is supposedly going to be more simple next season, but it already was pretty simple. But how will the pass defense improve if he doesn’t ever run more than one coverage?