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1. Any road win in the sec is one you take and deposit. My fear going in was that we would let them in the game and let the crowd carry them and it happened. Mett gets his baptism on the road and he did well, IMO. He will grow from it and hopefully be coached better. I have my concerns over that part.
2. Au is a bad football team. La Tech can beat them. And tech would be close to beating LSU. We have a senior OL and we don't snap any ones head back anymore. It kills me to admit it but I know what I see.
3. Young pup WRs have to grow up. Fast. Contact after the catch should be expected. We have to be more aggressive at the point of the catch. the drops are killing us and Mett is pretty accurate for the most part.
4. The lackeys will scream their usual crap but after 8 seasons of miles being the ghost OC, sloppy offense is what we are stuck with until he hires a bona fide OC and lets him run the show. That offense last night if not corrected costs LSU 4 games this year.
5. Thank God that John Chavis is at LSU. Without that man and his leadership Miles would be on the hot seat. His players play hard, they are well coached, and he corrects miscues from the previous week. I'm sure the man feels the weight of the world on his shoulders knowing that week in and week out his unit is the group standing in the gap for LSU to win as miles and his crap offense stumble and bumble through the season. He should be paid half of miles salary because he is the only one who actually knows wtf is going on. And he's playing a ton of true frosh to boot. Amazing coaching job.
6. The play calling was almost too good to be true the first two series. I was very excited. Then we collapsed on 3 rd and short and tried once again to run it with 7 blocking 10. I am for the life of me stunned At how we cannot line up and run deep PA 3-4 times per game. It was where for the taking. Even if we don't complete it it keeps the D on their heels a bit.
7. Our RBs are good. Love that entire group.
8. Au DEs are good. But we should have made them pay all night with a scrape and dump off to the FB or TE. It was there. When au went to their base D we ran it well. Then they loaded the box and we got stuffed. AU D was mixing up their fronts and blitzes and we did better in the 2 d half I thought. Id like to watch the tape and see it from somewhere other than the upper deck.
9. Young pups got their first sec road test. A learning lesson in many ways. The big question is can the offensive staff actually improve their performance. Uf, msu, bama, and A&M hAve better defenses.
10. My biggest issue right now is this: organizations become a reflection of their leaders. On the D side, this is John Chavis's D. And it shows. On the O side, it is, and has been, Les Miles' O. He is the OC, and that is well known inside LSU circles. The O reflects his judgment, his methodology, his offensive philosophy , and his ability to train and coach his players. He likes meddling in the O, and each call goes though him. I have hopes, butn am fearful, that he has not learned his lessons, and that his style of coaching offense is not exacting enough, and that he doesn't demand execution.
I am not the only person who sees this: the press and other coaches see it and it is reflected in the polls. This team can be very good but something is missing. I miss the fired up les miles of 05-07.
On point 2, you are wrong. The OL did fine run blocking. We averaged over 4 yards per carry inclusive of the sacks. Add to that that we were running against a loaded box and you can't say the OL didn't run block well. Our pass blocking could use a lot of wok, but we have some road graders up front. They are just a little too big to be nimble, agile pass blockers.
And you are out of your mind if you think LA Tech would come close to beating us.
Hey Firn was worried you had a heart attack at the game. Agree with your analysis. I would add that it was the most undisciplined effort I have seen from LSU in a long time. Alabama lost the OC from last year. They went out and got one that is better. LSU will not get a good OC unless Miles stays the hell out of it and let the OC do his job.
If we stick to the pwr run game and pa pass we win that game easily.. our offensive playcalling last year wasnt too bad if we have a better qb.. last year we did damage with playaction.. where is it this year.. personally im a fan of pwr running, good defense and sp teams.. we got to improve on special teams and get an idenity on offense.. last night at times kindof looked like a half-hearted attempt to open up the offense. Ware was eating them up why didnt he get the ball 20-25 times with some pa pass and rb screens added and i think we have success
I can agree that Les has a lot of say in the gameplan but I just don't see him having any say over play calls aside from maybe run/pass. There's not enough time between plays for Stud to call a play and then Les overturn it and force Stud to call another. Run/pass maybe but he isn't calling plays. We threw entirely too much in the 3rd quarter for that to have been Les. With execution last night, our offense would've had 500 yards. That's on the players, not Les. Execution by the OL and the WRs catching the ball and we had at least another 150. If we had 500 then there would be no complaints about the offense. The plays were there last night. The execution wasn't.
No way we lose 4 games. We will not execute as badly as last night enough to lose that many times. It was a bad game in terms of execution. Nothing more.
Otherwise, I agree Firny. Good post.
Appreciate your thoughts and thanks for sharing. What I saw last night was mainly the inability to execute and to maintain poise. Too many silly penalties, and lack of ball security. The WRs keep dropping passes (execution). All these things can be coached, and I hope that happens before we hit the UF, USC, Bama stretch that is before us.
Point taken but read #6. If you want to run against a loaded box then you better be badass at the point of attack . Au DL is not good and we were good bu there is still a sense of bein slow. Also, if we are too big to pass block then run PA action buy some time. Dump off to the RBs and TE drags.
You can help an OL that is avg in pass protection. Personally I'm not endorsed with Stud. And in all fairness josh D did ok vs Lemonier except the two sacks.
FYI : the offense is all Les. He isn't calling each play but he has override which is normal; he's the head coach. What I'm talking aboutb is that miles runs the entire offensive philosophy and we have had 3 OCs under him and we always look sloppy. Somethingninnhow Miles runs things that leads to sloppy offensive play. I don't know what goeson but is maddening.
actually theyre DE's are considered very good and fast..
Nowhere in my contract does it say I gotta make a fool out of myself, am I right?
I bet if the WRs didn't drop those passes, everyone would be singing a different tune
"I guess you've just gotta find something you love to do and then... do it for the rest of your life." - Max Fisher
Our offense will not be as you say "corrected" this year. It is what it is. We will see if your prediction of 4 lossses pans out! I'm betting against your prediction!
This LSU team, a work in progress, sailed into a perfect storm Saturday. Dropped passes, unacceptable penalties, continued failures in the red zone, missed blocks, muffed punt and FG and this team looks ordinary and vulnerable.And it kept a crowd in the game that a full LSU stadium should make a template for.
Shep drops a pass that could have made momentum a tsuami and makes a save on a Auburn runback - both affected game outcomes.
This is the SEC and if anyone thinks Florida, SCarolina, MissState, and Alabama are not licking their chops, they may be wrong.
To suggest that Les doesn't demand execution or isn't fired up is beyond ridiculous.
Mongomery and Ware are clearly team leaders that inspire performances from others. Reid needs to step up.
This is a good but vulnerable LSU team that's going to play some other equally good but vulnerable teams.
Don't look for undefeated - look for some good football and a 10-2.
Shep's experiment at QB ended years ago; if you want a mobile QB who can make all the throws, get Bolden ready.
LSU has some quality RBs but the one who is consisent, reliable and nasty is Ware.
LSU's season and report card begins at Gainesville.
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Saw it many times from Saban, but I have never ever seen Les Miles get in players' ear on the sideline like Mills and the other DB after a double penalty on a punt return...
Is that new?
Man there were some hot threads on Russell and Flynn.
We don't entirely agree on Spencer Ware and the Bolden possibility but I see your points.
did you read the OP??? Read point 8. No offense but people react to things I say and dont actually read the entirety of what I write.
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