One common feeling this season is I never feel better on Sunday about the way USC played Saturday.
It’s hard to get excited about the good, like Keaontay Ingram rushing for 186 yards, when you consider the defensive breakdowns.
Arizona had the worst pass offense in the Pac-12 (210 yards per game) and threw for 339 yards. And it’s not just one guy in the secondary. Isaiah Pola-Mao is having an awful senior season. Isaac Taylor-Stuart got burned but yanked a player’s helmet off to prevent a TD. Chris Steele still grabs and holds too much. And these are the veterans. Josh Jackson didn’t live up to the coaches’ hype and the other young players have struggled.
Are they getting coached? Are they being used in proper formations? I think Todd Orlando’s done a poor job. It’s also worth asking whether Donte Williams has given the cornerbacks the proper attention as interim coach? I saw a grad assistant running the corners through some drills in pre-game Saturday.
Safeties coach Craig Naivar is just a guy who I can’t say much about other than being a friend of Orlando.
It’s all a recipe for disaster. It’s not what USC football should be. A new coach can’t come fast enough.
- Why couldn’t USC reveal Drake London’s injury Saturday night? His leg was in a cast and it obviously was serious. But as of this writing, we still have no word officially on his injury.
- USC’s game at Arizona State on Saturday (Nov. 6) will kick off at 7:30 p.m. MT/PT and be broadcast on ESPN.