Why is Pat Haden keeping Lane Kiffin and the size of the defense are the topics in this segment.
Q: Ben Doverz
Why does Pat Haden think so highly of Lane Kiffin and his ability to coach when he’s shown that he’s not really good at it? I mean 25-11 at USC ain’t nothing to write home about.
A: I think Haden has a natural disposition to not fire coaches in any sport. I also think Lane Kiffin’s made a continual case that he is coaching during NCAA sanctions and that limited his effectiveness. Haden said this week USC was overrated before the season, which also bolsters his case.
As I mentioned earlier this week, some inside the athletic dept. believe USC cannot afford to fire Kiffin and his staff and pay a new coach $5-6 million per year. All of this serves to resist firing Kiffin, if you are inclined to keep him like Haden.
I’m reposting since it wasn’t originally answered. Monte’s Tampa 2 Defense revolves around hybrid players who are more athletic and faster in their respective position. This sacrifices size and power. Do you think this attributes to the “softness” of the defense? Why not recruit/build/corn feed our players to be more massive and powerful (the team got over powered by Oregon)? You can still be fast and quick. This would force other teams to adjust instead of our team adjusting to find players capable of stopping a system offense like the spread. What do you think? A new off season conditioning program needed? Thanks
A: I don’t think the defense’s size was an issue. Remember Matt Grootegoed is one of the best linebackers in school history and he was 5-9. Guys like Dion Bailey can be effective against any defense. Now this defense is not the same size as the Brian Cushing-Rey Maualuga-Clay Matthews defenses but those were bigger than usual.
I believe scheme and coaching is the problem, not size.