USC Trojans: Marlon Grice

Practice report: Talking defense

November, 7, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- The Trojans were back at practice in full pads on Wednesday morning in preparation for Saturday’s matchup with Arizona State, and it was the defense that dominated conversations following the workout as the unit looks to move past a subpar performance against Oregon.

“I think really I can see our defense is excited to get back out on the field,” USC head coach Lane Kiffin said. “We really obviously don’t feel that we’ve played very well really for five-and-a-half quarters. So any time that you feel like that, much like the offense did after the Stanford game, you get excited to get back out on the field and play again, so Saturday can’t come fast enough.”

Taking the blame
On Wednesday, Kiffin once again fielded question and after question regarding the defense’s inability to stop the vaunted Ducks’ offense, as the Trojans gave up a 62 points and 730 total yards of offense, both school records. And for the second day in a row, the USC head coach took a portion of the blame, stating, “The blame is on all of us.”

It was a common theme after practice as both defensive line coach Ed Orgeron, and in particular, defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin shouldered more than their share of the responsibility for the Trojans’ defeat.

“It starts with the coordinator, no doubt about it,” the elder Kiffin said. “And that’s why you can’t start pointing fingers and things like that. You can talk -- it doesn’t matter. We’ve got good position coaches here too, but when it’s all said and done, the coordinator controls it, you know? That’s just the way it works. You’ve got to step up -- you’ve got to go back and you talk to your squad, get them back, and you can’t be talking about last week -- you’ve just got to move on to the next game. You can’t sit around and mope around. You’ve got to go. I think that’s the tough part about coaching. I think that’s when you’ve got to step up as a coach.”

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