Judging from the papers this morning it seems like Larry "You Are Killing Me" Kerr is already setting up his excuses, in case the defense doesn't get its act together fast, and implodes down the stretch. Kerr is whining that he is hamstrung because his DL is too young and yeah ... it's Bob Toledo ... who left him with no depth at DL. Here is Dohn:
"Our defensive line will be a strength on our team more so than the perspective of what it was last fall," UCLA coach Karl Dorrell said. "We played with so many young guys, those guys have grown through that experience of playing."
The line has a new coach in Thurmond Moore, who replaces Don Johnson, now coaching with the NFL's Chicago Bears. Moore is known as a pass-rushing specialist and the line's speed fits that style of play. How he molds the unit into a run-stopping group will be the deciding factor of how UCLA's defense holds up this season.
What the h*ll have they been doing during last three years to result in this sorry ass defense that looks like it cannot tackle if they were matched up against high school kids from good Orange County schools? What has the new DL coach been doing? Will any of these clowns take any kind of responsibility whatsoever instead of constantly passing the buck and blaming the previous regime? Note in contrast in the basketball program, which was truly decimated by Lavin's negligent coaching and recruiting, Howland and his crew just went out and put together building depth by bringing in two back to back top10 recruiting classes, instead of looking for excuses and blaming the previous staff (when they could have done so easily). The fact that Kerr and his crew are already making these litany of predictable excuses of injuries, of being young (as if other programs are playing with 25-30 year old kids), and of being hampered by the previous staff's recruiting, just shows how insecure these guys are of their abilities to turn around this program. Again, excuse this rant - I am not asking Dorrell should be fired today. No one is making the argument on this blog. So please Dorrell lovers save your standard defensive "hater" burbs. All I want to point out how disingenuous and insincere this coaching staff in the defensive side is being right now, who instead of taking full responsibility for a disastrous defensive unit, are making pathetic excuses, conveniently passing the buck. Something which got their previous head coach of UCLA football fired. Bruins Nation is tired of excuses for the constant underachievement of this football program since 1998. This year is not over. So let's hope they can get this right and finish with respectability according to the standards of Spencer Havner. Before that we just don't want to hear any stupid excuses coming out of Spalding Field. We are just not in the mood to hear any more excuses.