Inside the Pac-12

January 17, 2010 5:40 PM

Will Chow Make A Difference For The Bruins?

ucla bruins.jpgLane Kiffin was not able to pry Norm Chow from UCLA. Now that Norm has decided to stay will he be able to help lead UCLA to the top of the Pac Ten. The Bruins went from 4-8 in 2008 to 7-6 in 2009 and a post-season win in the EagleBank Bowl. Is there a lack of talent that is keeping the UCLA offense from exploding or is it inexperience at key offensive positions? In 2008 starting QB Kevin Craft had 7 TD's and 20 INT's. The Bruins improved in that area in 2009 when RFR QB Kevin Prince finished with 8 TD's and 8 INT's. Can Norm's offensive knowledge get improvement out of players like Prince, WR Taylor Embree and RB Derrick Coleman for the 2010 season?

Right now USC has more talent on their roster than UCLA has on their roster. The Bruins don't have a Matt Barkley at QB. The Trojans 3rd and 4th string RB's (CJ Gable and Marc Tyler) are better than the Bruins top two RB's on the depth chart. Lane Kiffin felt like if he could get Chow, that Norm could make their talented players better. Norm might not be able to work his magic for Rick Neuheisel until the talent level improves at UCLA. The bottom line is that the Bruins must get better in recruiting. It is possible that the departure of Pete Carroll could turn things around for Rick Neuheisel when it comes to getting recruits in California. Even if UCLA can't out recruit USC they have to put an end to schools like Oregon, California and Arizona State from grabbing talented players from California that they have on their radar. The combination of Neuheisel/Chow gives UCLA an advantage over Kiffin when it comes to coaching, but the Trojans superior talent will make up for Lane's shortcomings as a coach.

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