When Lincoln Riley said he will be more involved in the defense, maybe he didn’t really mean it.
“He’s covering for his defensive coordinator,” a Pac-12 coach said. “I doubt he’s not really going to have much say but this way he is protecting his guy.”
It makes sense because I’ve heard since the Cotton Bowl that Riley and Grinch are telling people outside the program the defense simply needs better players.
That means they believe in the scheme/philosophy but feel the players need to be better. Every coach thinks this, by the way. But players don’t always play the way you want, so that’s where teaching and development fit in.