Well, after the debacle today, USC should fire Monte Kiffin. I mean, his D gave up 31 points and 537 yards to a Washington team that is 66th in total offense and 66th in scoring offense and lost to a 1-4 BYU team. Don't know why USC hired that guy.... [sarcasm]
But seriously, even with all the blue chippers that USC stockpiled during Carroll, USC defense has struggled. Hawaii even shredded them. Could it be the talent or inexperience? (I used Rivals ratings)
Nickell Robey - true frosh CB (4*)
Shareece Wright - senior CB (4*)
Jawanza Starling - sophomore safety (4*)
TJ McDonald - sophomore safety (5*)
Hmm, does this look similiar to some other team that we know?
James Rogers - senior CB (4* WR)
JT Floyd - RS soph CB (3*)
Cam Gordon - RS freshman safety (4* WR)
Thomas Gordon - RS freshman safety (2*)
Jordan Kovacs - RS soph safety (Walk-on)
Even one of the best D coordinators of all time (Kiffin), hasn't been able to turn USC's D into a shutdown unit. Experience is so key in college. Everyone thinks that freshmen, blue chippers, and new starters can just jump in and become All-American players instantly. It takes experience, gametime and in the system, for players to fully blossom. I think Michigan fans should heed this advice as we watch our D, especially young and inexperienced in the secondary, go through growing pains. Monte Kiffin isn't going anywhere, and neither is Greg Robinson.