wolfman, no Pre-season #1 team in the last 70 years finished the season unranked. however if the trOXans keep spiraling out of control it could easily happen to them.
pressed for ONE main cause of the debacle this year, would you agree that aside from the Defense, the main failing this season has been the so-called Pious Passer?
he had the ball in his hands with the game on the line against both Stanford and AZ but failed both times to lead the final game winning drive. he didn’t get that chance against OR, but he still stalled out on two drives in the 4th Qtr that might have changed the outcome.
i look at the Pious Passer’s body language when the trOXans fall behind, and it always the same: glazed eyes, mouth agog, not talking to anyone on the sidelines…certainly not a leader.
no one in the media EVER mentions the fact that the Pious Passer has NEVER led a fourth quarter comeback in his FOUR YEAR career!! as Jim Mora says: “in the NFL they measure a QB by how many 4th Qtr comebacks he has led”. what say you wolfman??
A: I think there are several reasons for the losses and I would list Matt Barkley as one of them. I disagree no one mentioned his lack of comeback victories. I’ve mentioned his lack of a signature win (before last year) and I still think he lacks a comeback victory. The only one that could be raised is the Ohio State game in 2009 but I’ve mentioned before that winning consisted mostly of short passes to Joe McKnight and running the ball.
Q: Dave Kujo said
In the Pete Carroll years the defense was much more aggressive and thrived at forcing turnovers. Why is this no longer the case? I understand that the “tampa 2” is designed to keep everything in front of you and prevent the big play, but when teams get 10 yards a play it doesn’t seem to make any sense. Agree? I could not understand why the defense against Oregon did not seem to make any adjustments or make attempt any more aggressive plays like an interior blitz or jumping the wide receiver screen routes (which opposing defenses tend to do to us)… everything was reactionary. Don’t you think an adjustment is needed when you give up 34 in the first half?
A: Yes, adjustments are needed, especially against the spread. Monte Kiffin’s not been a big blitz guy since he arrived at USC. I’m not sure why. He went to Nevada last summer to study the Pistol (and spread) ideas. But it didn’t seem to help much against Oregon.
Q: Ben Doverz said:
how do you feel about the possibility of spending New Years Eve in El Paso Texas ?
A: I’ve done it before in 1998 and it wasn’t that bad. Of course once you do it, you probably don’t want to do it again. It might be fun to see how Lane Kiffin enjoys a week in El Paso especially when he has to go to a rodeo or the El Paso Hisotorical Society and feign interest.