USC Football Defensive Coordinator Alex Grinch and his unit have not been up to par these last few games. They have allowed 115 total points in these last three contests, and have also surrendered 1,574 total yards in those three contests. Do the math: That means they've allowed 38.3 points per game in that time, and 524.7 yards per game. Grinch has taken notice, and is not happy about it:
It has to be. USC in the last three weeks has given up just 41 total points in the first half, only to give up 71 in the second halves of those three games. It's unacceptable, and Grinch elaborated on how it went down this past Saturday:
Grinch is not accepting he and his defense's performance as of late, and it's understandable as to why.
Look--it's fair to point out that he has been missing two of his three primary rotational linebackers these last two weeks (Eric Gentry and Ralen Goforth), but it's also fair to point out that they still handed out 43 points to the Utes with those two on the field (Gentry wasn't hurt until the fourth quarter). Things shouldn't be this bad, and they are.
USC Football Defensive Coordinator Alex Grinch feels exactly how Trojan fans feel after Week 10.
And that means that Alex Grinch feels excited that USC Football got the win, but pissed off that the defense played as bad as it did. He even said as much:
Here's the reality. Grinch and his defense have struggled this year, but Grinch understands that and is holding he and his group accountable for it. It's also important to remember that this SC defense still is signficantly improved over where it was last year, when they gave up 31.8 points per game.
While they're giving up an awful 25.2 points per game this season, that's still a legit improvement over last year. And while this defense may not feel like it's improved that much this year, it most certainly will when they get Gentry and Goforth back.
Grinch will turn this around because he has the right mentality around the situation. He'll take the win, but he's certainly not happy about the results that he and his group have been putting up.