Lincoln Riley said today that he is retaining Alex Grinch as defensive coordinator.
“I know what he’s made of. I just do. I know what’s getting ready to happen defensively,” Riley said. “And so, I just have a confidence and a belief there, not just in Alex, but the other guys in the room.”
REACTION: So the “deep dive” took about a week and no changes were deemed necessary. This is a big call by Riley because he is willing to believe the defense will improve. It should to some extent with better players but fundamental problems remain.
This is all related to the fact that Riley is an offensive-minded coach with no defensive background. He doesn’t have a network of defensive coaches that he knows and doesn’t want to leave his comfort zone to hire someone he is unfamiliar with.