The key to USC’s season is that while the offense is full of stars, it will be defensive coordinator Alex Grinch, who gets to do the dirty work and face the pressure of working with less talent.
Fittingly, his T-shirt today said “strain.”
Grinch was very pragmatic talking about injuries during camp.
“We’ve had a lot of guys out over the course of camp, the biggest frustration was guys get opportunities because of that and they don’t take advantage of the opportunities, and that happened a little bit,” Grinch said.
On the scrimmage last weekend, he said, “I thank God it wasn’t a game, long story short.”
Then he focused on the injured players.
“You get to be better football player by playing football. We don’t get these last two weeks back,” he said. “(The rush end) position needs to get shored up.”
Grinch’s best friend will be the favorable schedule. But he still faces a thankless task knowing Caleb Williams and Co. will get the lion’s share of the credit when USC wins and he might get the blame if USC struggles or heaven forbid, loses.
To use a Star Trek analogy, Lincoln Riley will be Capt. Kirk planet hopping and engaging with all the interesting aliens while Grinch is Scotty stuck down in the engine room dealing with the dangerous gamma rays.