One thing on my mind is whether Clay Helton/Mike Bohn ever considered this when hiring a defensive coordinator: You need a good X’s and O’s guy who also is a good recruiter.
A top defensive coordinator can recruit and scheme. That was what made Pete Carroll so tough during the glory days at USC. He had the defensive coordinator X’s and O’s stuff down and then was an enthusiastic recruiter too.
Is Todd Orlando going to be able to recruit in Southern California after primarily working in the East and Midwest?
The good news is he replacing the small shoes of Clancy Pendergast, who did not want to recruit. But that doesn’t mean Orlando is necessarily a good recruiter, especially when he is working for a perceived lame duck.
I think Bohn and Helton were just looking for someone that wouldn’t cause a further fan revolt and had a solid history.