Predictably, some of the fanboy media are clutching their pearls over the backlash from some fans to Alex Grinch being retained.
One of their arguments is the players weren’t good enough. That’s obvious at some positions.
The bigger question, however, is whether this staff can build a defense that can win a national title. This is where they say to trust Lincoln Riley and certainly do not criticize him.
So far, Riley has demonstrated at Oklahoma and USC that his defenses are not capable of being elite. It’s legitimate to wonder how much Riley really even thinks about this issue.
Maybe that will change. Riley is betting on Grinch to make it happen. Some fans disagree. The fanboy media tends to go with the establishment.
Do I expect the defense to be better next year? Yes. Do I expect it to be elite? No.
That’s a concern when you have one season left with Caleb Williams.
What does surprise me is that Riley doesn’t think any changes are necessary, even if he wants to keep Grinch. He could upgrade at other spots. But he isn’t.