A coach who is familiar with USC’s defensive personnel said with spring practice unlikely, new defensive coordinator Todd Orlando needs to keep his schemes simple heading into the practice.
“He probably won’t have enough practices to install a complicated defense,” the coach said. “He should just worry about being simple, simple, simple. He would be smart to try and fit the personnel, and not force them into a rigid system.”
Orlando ran a 3-4 defense his first year at Texas and then a 3-3-5 defense in 2019. He also ran a 3-2-6 dime defense.
“I don’t care what he runs, the players need to know what they are doing,” the coach said.
If USC never gets those 15 practices back in May or June, it will need to learn Orlando’s schemes in August. Not ideal when Game 1 is vs. Alabama.