Monte Kiffin knows pressure is on

Defensive coordinator trims playbook after forgettable first season at USC

Updated: August 23, 2011, 1:23 PM ET
By Steve Bisheff |
The kids had to learn, but so did the old man.

The defensive nightmare of a year ago couldn't be wiped out until USC's frisky young players could adjust to a slightly hobbling, 71-year-old coaching legend's own revelations about his new job.

Monte Kiffin, the one-time guru of NFL defenses, has been forced to call a few audibles of his own since returning fulltime to college coaching.