Is there anything worse than hype?
Hype videos. Hype articles. Hype coaches.
USC created myths with the new coaches, aided in some cases by friendly media.
Todd Orlando was the yelling coach with the square jaw, aka the equivalent of Ed Orgeron, when he was the USC defensive line coach.
But what did he deliver on the field yesterday?
“A lot of times vs. the run their front mechanics were bad and they looked unorganized,” an NFL defensive coordinator told me Saturday night. “The players were looking to sideline half the time and they weren’t lined up properly.”
Defensive line coach Vic So’oto was lauded because he has big biceps and can lift his kids. Another play on the Orgeron stereotype.
Meanwhile his defensive line was part of a unit that allowed Arizona State to rush for 258 yards. Brandon Pili was out but did you see a more physical defensive line or defense, for that matter?
Did the defense look better than last season?
- Remember when the USC-ASU game was changed to 9 a.m. for more exposure? Well, the AP Top 25 voters got to watch the game and were unimpressed. The Trojans are ranked No. 20, just like last week.