I thought it was a quiet opening performance for USC’s much-ballyhoed senior safeties — Talanoa Hufanga, Isaiah Pola-Mao — but I’m not blaming them.
If the safeties are mostly playing man-to-man coverage, it’s difficult for them to make plays. Or maybe they were tied up because Todd Orlando loves to blitz so much?
The safeties, who are seniors, are one of USC strengths. The dilemma as a coach is do you want your best players to do what you want or do you want to highlight what they can do best?
- Some people were upset I gave coaching a “D-” instead of an “F” in my report card Monday. That’s because I think the coaching will/can be worse in the next six games. I’m told the report card was discussed on the Mason and Ireland show Monday. Anyone hear it?
- Center Brett Neilon (ankle) and defensive tackle Brandon Pili (finger) are questionable for the Arizona game.