Wednesday, September 23, 2009
I didn't see one highlight of the USC/Washington game this past Saturday as I was inebriated at a wedding, but we all know that they were upset...again...by a lesser team...from the rotten Pac-10. Petey Carroll is starting to get some heat nationally for his repeated lapses in focus. On another site, Damman even had the nerve to say this:
He is a good coach, not a great one. Great coaches don't continually lose to far inferior teams every year. It's not a coincidence that it happens every year.
Now I don't want to come off like a fag (Colin Cowherd), but I'm going to defend Carroll today. First of all, other than Urban Meyer, there is no one else even close to being in Pete's league as a coach (maybe Saban, I guess). Second, you can criticize his inability to run the table, which he is apparently expected to do EVERY year now, but that is it. Blah, blah, blah Reggie Bush--who cares. If it didn't bother the NCAA, then it shouldn't bother you either. But back to the loss in Seattle a few days ago, it really was the perfect storm. I didn't personally think that would happen, but I am not surprised. Why?
*USC was without it's starting QB
-You can think what you want to about Ramblin' Matt Barkley's performance in Columbus, but there is a reason why Pete started a true freshman this year. And that reason is that Aaron Corp sucks.
*USC was without it's best player, and likely top 5 draft pick, in Taylor Mays
-The same thing happened to the Steelers this weekend. You go without your stud safety, you lose on the road to an inferior team by 3 points
*USC gets every team's best shot every single freaking week
-I don't think that we can stress this enough. The Trojans get every team's best each weekend. Every team works a little harder when they see USC on the schedule. It can't be easy to have it brought at you every week.
*Steve Sarkisian knows the tendencies and personnel
-Speaks for itself, doesn't it? If Ty Willingham is still coaching the Huskies, USC rolls by 30.
*USC is really freaking inexperienced outside of the trenches
*Carroll's staff turns over every season as many of them leave for promotions
-No one has had more coordinators promoted than Carroll. No one. Hell, compare that to Jim Tressel's staff. None of those guys even get interviewed other than Dicknose Dantonio.
*Coming off of a big road win the week prior, a letdown is human nature
*By losing to a team that went winless last year, that only makes Ohio State look worse
-You wonder why the Buckeyes won by 38 points this week and dropped two spots in the polls? This is why. Ohio State lost to a team who lost to a team that went 0-12 last year.
Look, I realize that Pete Carroll doesn't need a loser blogger like me to validate his career, but I will anyway. You want to argue that he should have 3-4 titles right now? OK. Let me ask you this: how many teams go undefeated every year? Maybe 1 every 2 or 3 years, right? So Carroll stumbles once during the year like everyone else does. He can't do anything about his shitty conference not getting him enough BCS points. USC doesn't have the rest of the SEC helping an average at best, 2 loss LSU team back into an easy title. And instead of whooping up on the SEC, he has to settle for a home win over an incredibly bad Big Ten team in the Rose Bowl. So don't give me that shit. The last 2 national champs all had help to get into the title game while Carroll never gets any. Apparently, the critics believe that this is his fault.
Now if you don't mind, I'm going to go give myself a swirlie for being on the same side of an argument as Cowherd. I feel so dirty...even before shoving my head in a toilet full of feces. Which is basically what they should rename The Herd. "Toilet Full Of Feces" sounds much better.