Alex Grinch was the man in the spotlight after last night’s debacle of a defensive performance at the Coliseum.
“You’re 10 weeks into the season,” Grinch said. “Which, as soon as I say that, you want to vomit at some of the issues we have 10 weeks into the season. So I don’t know if some of these things we can get fixed in 48 hours and 72 hours.
“We can be excited about a win but be pissed off about how we played.
“It’s coaching. We’ve obviously got to do a better job. We’ve done a good job in the second half in the past. We didn’t even come close tonight.”
Some of it is coaching but some of it is not.
For example, just last week I wrote about how Ceyair Wright remained unproven after eight games and I didn’t understan why opponents didn’t attack him. No one else wants to talk about this because it’s not a feel-good story.
After Wright gave up a 57-yard pass last night, he got benched in favor of sophomore Jacobe Covington. This didn’t surprise me but if you just listen to the fanboys all season, you would be surprised.
And cornerback Jaylin Smith, who also started all season, was exposed a few times too, including that ridiculous busted coverage 47-yard TD to Mavin Anderson. I’ll have more on him later.
What does it tell you that safety Bryson Shaw, who wasn’t even playing regularly until last week, had 11 tackles last night? It tells you that there isn’t a lot of talent in the secondary.