Can USC Ignore The Spread Or Art Briles?

Photo by Orlin Wagner/Associated Press

Photo by Orlin Wagner/Associated Press

With USC’s offense struggling can the Trojans ignore hiring a spread-offense coach next season? I’m guessing a pro-style coach currently has a better chance of getting hired but when you see how Baylor is doing how could USC not contact Art Briles?

I understand he is a Texan and probably going to be the next Texas coach but you have to at least contact the guy. Whoever USC hires is going to need to consider using the spread so you might as well start with an expert.


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  • Helen

    Break News: Barkley forced into action at Philly and actually holding his own.

    • ProbationU

      Barkley known for holding his own.

  • 1Emmit

    Hire Briles or Kingsbury yesterday! Give Coach ‘O’ the D. Then go beat people!

    • gotroy22

      Like Pete, Ed and Norm. It works!

    • Cloud Shaman

      Utah coach said USC defense best in conference and he faced Stanford. Clancy & O as co-defensive coordinators like Ohio State

    • marvgoux1

      He has already shown he can beat fucla!

  • rusoviet

    Briles looks good – better than Sumlin i.e. he’s (Briles) still winning while staying at the same school w.o. a Heisman winner. He would be an excellent choice – I know it sounds ‘out there’ but I still like that feller from North Dakota State – Craig Bohl.

    On another subject – Coach Mora well what was telling was both the body language and terse remarks made by Mora after OR unloaded 21 points in the 4th quarter. Seemed no real change made at half-time or the exhaustion of the linemen with little 2nd-3rd string left to plug holes.

    A lot riding on how the Bruins rebound this week playing CO followed by road game @ AZ.

  • john wolcott

    State of SC football– Good defense, but the 62 Arizona State laid on them still is bothersome, especially regarding the secondary. The offense is not going to win any scoring battles so it is up to the defense to keep the Trojans in games.

    But Kessler looks as if he is a pretty good workman– not flashy, but he won’t beat himself with poor throws. And Tre looks like the real thing if he can remain healthy. Now the question is can the line protect the QB and open some holes for the runner(s).

    Also, I like how secondary (third layer?) players got in the game and contributed. It has to be a great thrill for walk-ons to get into an actual game. This week these walk-ons probably will feel as if they can walk on water.

  • Booyakasha

    I’m really warming up to the Art Briles idea . The best way to win consistently in the PAC is to score lots of points and then pressure the opposing O into creating turnovers. If we are going to give up 62 points, might as well score 63.

  • jetman624

    I think USC can be competitive again under the current style offense and more mobile quarterbacks in the future– once they are back to the full, loaded, rosters of the early Carroll era.

    • Cloud Shaman

      I agree with that. Smashmouth works when you have beasts up front.

    • Jj Griffiths

      i agree as well. either system can work as long as you do it well…and right now we’re not doing it well. its not like teams have come up with some dynamic super new system on defense to stop the pro-style, so theres no need to abandon it.

  • Cheap seats

    As impressive as Baylor and Oregon have been, look for USC to run a pro style offense until the NFL has the majority of their teams run it (doubtful).

    UCLA does run a VERSION of the spread, but mazzone insists on calling it “multiple”. I think scouts will still credit their talent and

    • RIP Lane Kiffin

      Exactly the point…..USC Recruiting will take a step back if the NFL Type Schemes stop being used

    • CardinalnGold

      I agree. A pro style offense can still work in college (see Alabama) with the right coach.

  • rusoviet

    I like Briles ‘but’ that Manhattan Beach baseball cap usually (not always) goes with a control freak (Mike Riley the exception.

    • USConqueror1

      …the fukc have you been smoking on?

      • rusoviet

        Mora (UCLA), Briles (Baylor) , Harbaugh I (49ers) & II (Ravens), Rodriguez (AZ) – that ‘west coast’ kool daddio gig.

        If you’re ever in the south bay go on over to the mall at Rosecrans and Sepulveda and watch the SUV drivers – all wearing their tight fitting baseball caps with some country club/golf or booze logo on the front, sunglasses and the ‘de rigeur’ two day+ beard.

  • steveg

    I would have to think USC has the most talented walk ons in the country. Wolf, why do we want to do something that is slowly being figured out and expoited. The spread. We need that like we need Kiffin back. USC and many schools don’t use the spread, but I believe we are going to see a hybrid type offense, with the ability to go several different ways. Surprised you haven’t demanded they go to the double wing.

    Tell us Wolfie, after all your posts today, are you unhappy with the amount of penalties yesterday or not. You make no sense man.

  • steveg

    One more question, are you so in the know that you have positive information that they have NOT already contacted Briles? Wolf, does anyone ever talk to you?

  • Jackson

    Briles is my #1 candidate followed by Petersen and Sumlin. Pete as embraced the spread, yet most of the USC fans are mired in the past trying to recreate Pete. We need to embrace the norm…the spread and jettison the pro style offense. Bring on Briles and then add a great DC and USC will crush everyone.

  • USConqueror1

    Briles does not fit in to USC’s strengths. It is not worth going to the spread. it is not us. it is a gimick.

  • Joe Blow

    Scott, mind your own business. You know nothing.

  • Ted

    Why is that big boy wearing 20 behind the coach? dont tell me he is the punter or something…that’d be a waste of God given size! Is there any way southern cal gets no. 20 with Briles?

  • Trojan Hoarse

    I will be curious to see how Briles navigates his #8 ranked team through their last five games of the season against 3 ranked teams (Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State) and finishing up with Texas… they fattened up at the start of this year by playing Wofford, Buffalo and LA-Monroe, outscoring them by a combined 209-23……

  • B.Miller

    Like I have been saying.. you can run a Pro-Style offense and throw in packages of Offense Spread Pass plays (Oklahoma offense).. It doesn’t have to be either or.. it can be a mix of both.

    Don’t think Briles has the personality for big time LA..