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USC ranks 92nd nationally in tackles for loss with only 4.75 per game. That means the Tampa 2 defense is not among the more aggressive defenses through four games. Ironically, among those tied with the Trojans is Arizona.

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  • UCLA Dynasty

    The writing is on the wall, Lame Kitten is in over his head and the scholarship sanctions haven’t even hit yet. Your best OL is going to go pro and there isn’t anything remotely close to his quality ready to replace him from an already shaky line.

    Yesterday U!

  • USC owns the Rose Bowl

    ^UCLA Fantasy wishes his team could (at least) be Yesterday U instead of Never U. Fight on!

  • 420phototron

    I haven’t checked yet but we are probably the #1 defense for teams that don’t schedule FCS teams.

  • Trojan 70

    Tampa 2 is/was designed for the NFL. does not work in college against spread, quick offenses. Pops is done, we ned new DC and OC now!!

  • uscmike

    “Ironically, among those tied with the Trojans is Arizona.” There is no irony involved. It is merely a coincidence.

  • GDL SC

    Monty should retire. The game has passed him by. He can’t coach defense in today’s college fb. What’s his motivation to keep coaching? I am sure he’s well off financially. Make it easy for you son, and bow out gracefully.

    As for ucla fan’s talking sh!t….really??

  • vaderdad

    I was listening to the ESPN college football podcast this morning, and the subject of the USC defense was discussed, and the hosts openly questioned Monte’s defense and stated that another year like this might lead to a change at the head of the top. There’s too much talent on that side of the ball for there to not a question with regard to the coaching staff.

    The days of the fired-up sidelines are gone, the team plays up or down to the competition and are easily out-schemed defensively. Where’s the mixed coverages and/or blitz schemes?

    Offensively, where ‘s the imaginative signal calling that was supposed to be the strength of the head coach?

    There’s too many qualified coaches out there for this stuff to continue, and too much talent on the roster. I used to see confidence from the sidelines, but now I see mostly confusion and false bravado.

  • lbc trojan

    @420phototron: true that.
    @uscmike: precisely. I can’t believe Wolf is an Annenberg grad… the guy is a dope.
    @vaderdad: we’re still early in (only) Kiffin’s second season as a signal-caller, I think not only will these underclassmen learn more of the playbook as the season progresses (as well as into Kiffin’s 3rd season), but the execution will be at a higher level enough to open that playbook up. Kiffin has coached at USC less than 20 games, he’s hardly into his 2nd season in conference play, I think you’re (and most SC fans due to its recent success) expecting too much. As for the defense… yeah they have work to do. Enough said.
    Fight on!

  • OldTymer

    At the very real risk of beating a dead horse: IMHO, Coach Kiffin’s Tampa 2 Defense has never worked in college ball, nor will it ever be effective in college. Perhaps the best solution here is for Coach Daddy to pack up the Tampa 2 scheme and quietly leave town. If the Son and Heir should decide to accompany him, that would be more than OK… Fight On!

  • vaderdad

    I was listening to the ESPN college football podcast this morning, and the subject of the USC defense was discussed, and the hosts openly questioned Monte’s defense and stated that another year like this might lead to a change at the head of the top. There’s too much talent on that side of the ball for there to not a question with regard to the coaching staff.

    The days of the fired-up sidelines are gone, the team plays up or down to the competition and are easily out-schemed defensively. Where’s the mixed coverages and/or blitz schemes?

    Offensively, where ‘s the imaginative signal calling that was supposed to be the strength of the head coach?

    There’s too many qualified coaches out there for this stuff to continue, and too much talent on the roster. I used to see confidence from the sidelines, but now I see mostly confusion and false bravado.