It's been a trying season priam7 Junior Member Joined: Aug 24, 2017 Messages: 236 Likes Received: 184 Nov 12, 2018 #1 There is no question that 2018 has not been a "fun year" for Trojan Football. With loosing there is going to be dissatisfaction.If you didn't like the coach when he won the Conference for the first time since pre-sanctions, you are going to absolutely go crazy with hate in what is presently a .500 season.Is it fair to hate a coach that had a couple back to back double digit win seasons? There has to be leadership from the coaching staff.....We all agree.....BUT.....There has to be leadership from the players.They are on the field ....They Play....It happens or not with them. We have been compromised in this area. We played Arizona State without our three Defensive Captains. That there was poor communication on D that game should not be a surprise. Injuries have really had an impact on our defense this year and that was supposed to be the unit that carried the team. We knew (while hoping against hope) that the offense would probably not be dependable because we have an 18 year old freshman at QB. Say what you will, the QB position is of singular importance in today's game.The level of performance and leadership at that position is most often the difference between winning and loosing. The "student body right" crowd can talk of more physical play and such but if you don't have THE GUY under center you are going to have a long season.........and that's what we are having. I can't blame JT because he can not be anything but raw 18 year old who NEVER played CFB . He's in the Pac 12 and the Pac 12 knows QB's and they know how to deal with them if only to keep the scores down with the very high level of QB play in this league. JT has NEVER experienced the road in the Pac 12.The stadiums are small and the crowds are beyond loud and hungry. JT has shown potential but he is not ready to deliver. Our opponents stack the box with run blitzes that turn into pressure on the QB if it's a pass play ....He has been overwhelmed out there but in his defense he has shown the talent and grit .There is hope for the future ,,,,,but the future is not now. I waited 4 years for Carson Palmer to become one of the All Time Greats. Barkley had a rough freshman year. We have had a number of QB's that BECAME REAL GOOD.We know what it is to have a high level of performance and leadership at that position. That is not what we are seeing now. I think the OL has improved .....Yes I do....They can do a lot of different things. Brown has come on and Tua is a great talent (though perhaps he should not be playing center). I believe he is at center because they want his leadership there......It is missing in the crucial spot .....! Sam is not here and HAS NOT YET BEEN REPLACED .....That is the BIG STORY........We have been VERY fortunate in that we have always had somebody after Carson....Matt....Booty....Sanchez....Barkley....Cody...and of course Sam. How many times did we feel that Sam would find a way??? That was a special couple years.....! So now everyone wants to roll the dice on a new coach but think on this. JT will be a year older, wiser and all the Sophomore's and Freshman (so many) that are playing will also be more experienced and I would bet VERY HUNGRY........! Lets see what happens.....If Clay is back maybe some new blood on the staff would be in the offing. I like Clancy and Drevino.......That frustrating thing is that I always see good things in these games but that is not winning....! FIGHT ON VancouverTrojan likes this.