Kiffin watch: “We have to re-evaluate the whole thing.”

This Pete Thamel piece on Junior is brutal, just brutal.  Take this bitch slap, for example:

For all his star studded recruiting classes and creative ways he’s handled USC’s scholarship restrictions, Kiffin lacks the coaching acumen to match his recruiting prowess. No coach interviewed said that the Trojans lacked talent. But many pointed to the lack of discipline, as USC’s 9.44 penalties per game lead the nation by a landslide, even after committing just three against Oregon. (UCLA is next with 8.89). Multiple coaches pointed to two other weaknesses of Kiffin — poor game management and the appearance that Kiffin goes for style over substance. USC poorly managed the clock in its loss to Stanford last season and couldn’t hold a 15-point lead deep into the third quarter against Arizona. Kiffin was also criticized for not spiking the ball on a last-ditch drive at the end of the Arizona game, a 39-36 loss.

“Don’t get me wrong, he’s a bright, young guy,” one coach said of Kiffin. “He really is, but he doesn’t have the patience, I don’t think, or the maturity to understand that if you win 7-6 that’s just as well as winning 70-6, and your guy doesn’t have to break every record in America. He’s out of the Heisman business. Go about your business winning games.”

But as bad as the Laner gets slammed, it’s what’s said about his daddy that’s the real killer.

On his headset Saturday night, as USC failed to force Oregon to punt until the game’s waning minutes, Monte Kiffin said he heard consistent pleas from his son.

“Can we get a stop here?” Monte recalled Lane asking him. “Can we slow these guys down?”

USC never did. In back-to-back weeks, the Trojans have given up a combined 1,318 yards to Arizona and Oregon. Long after Saturday’s game ended, Monte Kiffin’s voice was hoarse and he appeared overwhelmed after the worst consecutive weeks of a coaching career that spans nearly a half-century.

“It’s mind boggling,” he said. “I’ve never heard of that many yards. It’s mind boggling.”

Monte’s expertise is what allowed Lane to sell the plan to a couple of gullible athletic directors.  If that’s vanished like a fart in the wind (“Monte Kiffin called around the Pac-12 last year looking for clues on how to stop the spread, according to one coach.”), what’s left ain’t too pretty.

Maybe they need more Wild Boys.


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30 responses to “Kiffin watch: “We have to re-evaluate the whole thing.”

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    Well that’s just tough shit.

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

    Chickens coming home to roost.

    As ye sow, so shall ye reap.

    • AthensHomerDawg

      “Be nice to people on your way up because those are the people you’ll meet on your way down .”

  2. Dawgfan Will

    What could be better than watching both Kiffin AND Tennessee continue to suffer because of Kiffin’s…Kiffen-ness.

    Oh, I know: Bitch-slapping him in a bowl game.

  3. Normaltown Mike

    In Re Monte Kiffin

    Somewhere, the Swamp Fox is sitting in his rocking chair, sipping a sweet tea & shaking his head at Monte’s pains.

    • AthensHomerDawg

      +1 The FOX!

      • AthensHomerDawg

        “Campbell has the third lowest winning percentage among coaches who have coached more than three seasons in the NFL. The only coaches behind him are Bert Bell and David Shula.”
        Sometimes the acorn does fall far from the tree. Ask SOD.

  4. HVL Dawg

    “……..the maturity to understand that if you win 7-6 that’s just as well as winning 70-6.”

    hmmmmm. Are you listening Dawg fans?

    • Will (the other one)

      I’d still prefer to win 70-6 this weekend than 7-6. Though I’d be steamed about those two field goals we gave up…

  5. Macallanlover

    Most everyone has a strong belief that Junior, like SOD, would never have gotten the opportunities he has been handed except for his ties to Monte/Dooley. He has no resume of success on his own. I doubt TN would have even hired him without Monte, offer was based on it being a package deal. So now that Monte continues to fail against “college-like offenses”, what is the point? His best chance to succeed was in the SEC where you do not see the Pac12/Big 12 spread offenses, and his very best chance would have been in the BIG Whatever.

    Why in the hell would he go into a conference where his greatest asset was bound to fail him? And it isn’t over, he may have to play Oregon again.

  6. gastr1

    I don’t know how much more evidence the world needs to understand that spread offenses just lick their chops at cover 2-type schemes.

    For all the times that Mark Richt has been accused of being too loyal and too slow to change, three years ago he bit the bullet hard on this. And he was right.

  7. ScoutDawg

    But dammmnnnn, we really need those dick$ to pull one or two out.

  8. Bryant Denny

    That’s such a sad story. Thanks for sharing, Senator.

  9. Bobby

    That’s the big knock against elite NFL D-coordinators on the college level. They get to college and can’t figure out how to adjust to the spread. I have been quite pleased with CTG’s response. It hasn’t always been pretty, but he’s shown that he knows how to stop a spread.

    • Macallanlover

      True on the running version of the spread, but the short passing game is eating us up. AJ isn’t as good as Murray but we will make him look like Joe Montana if our LBs and DBs don’t get adjustments before Atlanta.

      • Bryant Denny

        Interesting comment. I think the short, precision passing game kills us too. I think that’s the reason we couldn’t get off the field on third down last Saturday night.

      • Joe Schmoe

        I thought we made some nice adjustments against Ole Miss’ short passing game. Although it wasn’t of the quick-slants-to-the-middle-of-the-field variety. I think with Alec O seeming to get his feet under him, the middle of the field will become much less of a vulnerability for us in the short passing game.

        • Macallanlover

          That is one of my prayers, although his strength seems to be sideline to sideline coverage of runs and reacting to passes. He was very good against Boise last season until he was injured, maybe he is just getting up to speed. We have others though who show very little ability to defend the pass, or manage to even get in the same picture fram when the catch is made. ( I noticed Chavis rolled that coverage scheme out on Bama’s last drive. Damn guy, they were only down 3, giving 12-30 per play makes it pretty easy…..but no one got behind them. With no timeouts, you just have to hold them to 7-8 in the middle of the field.)

          • Will (the other one)

            I didn’t see the end of the game, bug can only assume Chavis brought out the vaunted Mustang package we lead the Hobnail Boot drive against.

            • Macallanlover

              Appeared worse. Bama had no timeouts and went 75 yards in 45 seconds, it was awful. And they had given up no first downs in the 2nd half, why would you change anything.

              • Always Someone Else's Fault

                I think they were relying on McCarron continuing his jitters. He was high and a bit long on every pass he threw that game – until the final 5. LSU was playing for a pick until they played for the sack and got ripped by the screen.

                Even that one incomplete in the end zone was a TD if the receiver stays on his feet. I can’t remember ever watching such a high profile game where an offense flipped a switch like that.

  10. DavetheDawg

    Yet he beat us with a Giant Catfish and one foot out the door. I blame Willie.

    • Joe Schmoe

      The fact that he bolted before we got to avenge that loss still stick in my crawl. That was likely the worst pass defense I have ever seen fielded by anyone. There was no one in the screen with the UT receivers the entire day.

  11. Always Someone Else's Fault

    I was hoping for 3 losses this year – two to Oregon, one to Stanford or Notre Dame. Instead, we’re already into bonus schadenfreude with Notre Dame and UCLA to go in the regular season.

  12. After every game this year, whether at home or away, Kiffin and his cultic apologists had an excuse, alibi, or justification. Ultimately, apart from the underinflated footballs and misrepresentations about polling and jerseys, the team on the gridiron was unprepared, the team was uninspired, Barkley and others retrogressed, the coach’s time-management was non-existent, schemes were inadequate, they could not contain any decent offense in the PAC-12, the players were undisciplined louts, etc, et al, ad infinitum. What dark secrets does Kiffin possess to make Haden retain him? What loyalty does administration have to Lane and Monte which could not be mustered for Todd McNair or Mike Garrett?