Ted Miller writes on the WWL's Pac-10 blog (emphasis added throughout):
The Trojans passed for only 110 yards at Washington, which the LA Times noted is the lowest total in Pete Carroll's eight-plus seasons leading the program.
The immediate reaction is to point at new play-caller Jeremy Bates, but that's probably not fair because everything USC does flows through Pete Carroll, who, despite his loosey-goosey Southern California cool, is a control freak.
Carroll blamed himself after the game. Good. He was right. His fingerprints were all over a ridiculously conservative offensive game plan, a plan that caused his team to play tight when the Trojans found the Huskies surprisingly unyielding.
Who knew Petey was soo Dorrellian. Then again his offensive coordinator happens to come from the Denver Broncos. And, speaking of play callers, Ted Miller seemed to suggest that Petey was meddling with Sark's play calling when he was the OC at Southern Cal:
During the preseason, I asked Sark a variety of questions about how he was "handled' as the Trojans offensive coordinator. He fought off the questions with grace, but it was clear that Carroll often wanted to keep things basic on offense and play to the Trojans defense.
USC's offense will be athletically superior to every defense it faces this season, though there are a number of elite Pac-10 defenses that can handle the present, watered-down version. The Trojans, no matter who plays quarterback, must throw the ball downfield and prevent teams from ganging up on the run.