After “Fire Lane Kiffin” chants, boos, a mass exodus of fans in a tied game, two poor offensive performances and a disastrous loss to Washington State on Saturday night, the USC head football coach is finally ready to name a quarterback.
The much-maligned head coach told reporters in his weekly conference call that he’ll make the decision on Monday morning, after telling Cody Kessler and Max Wittek in person. And perhaps more importantly, he said he’d come up with the novel idea of a gameplan for that specific quarterback.
Saturday against Washington State, Kiffin made it clear that he didn’t have a gameplan offensively, admitting that his idea was to have the defense win the game and hope the offense didn’t “screw up”. The result was a screwed up offense that lost the game and an inept passing game that Kiffin called “shocking”.
Through two games, USC is the only school in the country that’s yet to complete a 20-yard pass, and= indictment on just how uber-conservative the passing game as been so far.
Kessler and Wittek have essentially played one entire game each, alternating halves. In that time, Kessler is 18-of-32 for 136 yards and a passer rating of 89.76, while Wittek is 8-of-18 with a rating of 75.33. Kessler has two interceptions to Wittek’s one, with each throwing a critical pick that sealed USC’s fate against Washington State.
With that said, who should Kiffin pick as the No. 1? Kessler’s been given extremely conservative passes, while Wittek’s got a bit of a mixed bag of play calls vs. Hawaii, though neither attempted a pass downfield vs. Washington State. Neither has confidence, and judging by the play calls, neither have had confidence from Kiffin.
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