Monday Night Football? Who cares? Here’s Monday night answers.
Q: sanchize6 said:
Dear Mr Wolf
Why did PH spend the better part of the first half on the Oregon sidelines very close to the team bench on the30-35 yard line? Are conversations more important than the game?
A: Pat Haden always tries to watch part of the game from the field. I think he likes being down on the field and feels it is a show of support. If you watched any Notre Dame games, you know he has an excellent grasp of football. So I wouldn’t read too much into where he is standing or if someone is talking to him. He can always get a game film if he wants to analyze something.
Q: Dr. Arthur C. Bartner said:
I know Bates’ playcalling wasn’t brilliant last year, but in all fairness Barkley was a true freshman that made many more mistakes. So, what is it about Carroll/Bates/SChawks that irks you? Seahawks have been doing well this season and you say nothing when they win. Why do you take childish, cheap shots when they lose? Isn’t this a USC blog, not a “Inside former USC Trojans” blog? What’s your deal!?
A: I don’t think going 2 for 24 on third-down conversions in the past two games is doing well this season. But to your larger point, Jeremy Bates was a less-than-pleasant figure to deal with at USC last year. This was the view of not just the media, but USC officials who worked with him. So yes, I will mention how he is doing in the NFL. This blog covers USC and USC-related items that I deem appropriate. If I wrote weekly updates on how Clay Matthews was doing in Green Bay, I doubt you would write me to complain that is not a former Trojans blog.
Q: lbc trojan said:
After USC’s defense did a pretty good job through 3 quarters against a ridiculous Oregon offense, do you really see them being challenged like that again this season? Wins at Arizona and Oregon State no longer seem AS tough to come by. Arizona and OSU will be tough road environments, but SC should continue being motivated to prove people wrong. Can easily see SC finishing at 10-3, 9-4 worst. Agree or disagree?
A: I think the defense played pretty well against Arizona State. I think USC has a shot to win games at Arizona and Oregon State. But USC will be underdogs in those games. Remember USC’s lost at Oregon State even when it was heavily favored. And some of those games in Tucson were extremely difficult even though USC’s done well there.
So I do not “easily” see USC finishing 10-3. I would say the season is a smashing success if the Trojans go 10-3. And if they go 9-4, that’s probably pretty good considering the defensive problems and roster depth.