In the hopes of returning to past glory, Lane Kiffin must fix a broken but talented USC defense. While it's admirable to consider defensive line coach Ed Orgeron for the defensive coordinator position, this will not fix USC's issues.
Both Lane Kiffin and Ed Orgeron agreed, per the LA times, that USC must look outside of the program for a defensive coordinator.
There is no better option for this USC team than former NFL head coach and Trojan, Jack Del Rio. After being fired as the Jacksonville Jaguars head coach in 2011, Rio was hired as the defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos.
Many questioned the fit, but Del Rio has done an excellent job in turning around this Broncos defense.
Of course, when you have pass rushers like Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil, and a veteran presence like Champ Bailey in your defensive backfield, you can't be surprised by his success, but there is a different feel about this Broncos defense.
The Broncos defense was relatively successful last season, but with Tim Tebow's shadow cast over this franchise, most didn't give them credit. They also stunk towards the end of the season and into the playoffs, though the loss of safety Brian Dawkins should be taken into account.
But under Jack Del Rio there is a consistency that fans have come to expect. This Broncos defense isn't fearsome or intimidating, but they get the job done.
The Broncos will only go as far as Peyton Manning can take them, but defensively, they have truly held their own.
That is what USC needs. No promises of a shutdown defense or a intimidating presence, just consistency.
With the many different offenses in the Pac 12 (Oregon and Stanford), Rio would be a veteran presence for the talented defensive prospects currently on the USC roster.
Having to get his defense prepared for Peyton Manning in practice is more than enough credibility. Though it doesn't hurt that Del Rio has also served as a head coach in the NFL as well.
Hiring Del Rio would be the first right step in getting this USC team back to championship glory.