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I see a lot of talk about whether fans are "satisfied" with a close loss to Bama and whether that means those fans are not holding the program to the elite standard it should be held to. I'd like to clarify one point on that subject: Feeling more confident about your team after a loss IS NOT THE SAME THING as being satisfied with a loss.
Just ask yourself this question: After watching the Bama game, or you more confident about this LSU football team than you were before the game, or less confident?
Personally, I'm extremely dissapointed with how the game ended. We had the game right there for the taking, yet we let scoring opportunities slip away and had a horrendous final defensive series.
BUT, I'm also more confident in this team after the Bama game, particularly the offense and more specificaly the passing game. I'm happy to see the young offensive linemen continue to improve and I'm happy that the coaching staff has finally gotten confident enough in them as a pass protecting unit to put more receivers in the route. That doesn't mean I'm happy about the loss - just that I'm happy that the offense showed some definite signs of progress, both from a player development and offensive gameplan standpoint.
I felt all along that regardless of how confident they are in Mett or Lack therof that they would have to open things up and put it on Metts shoulders and either sink or swim.. They did that and he stepped up and played big.. Our defense cost us the game in the end.. well how often has that happened? not much that i can think of.. IMO we will see a very angry but spirited group step on the field sat nt.. I think the team plays well but I also think MSU will play much better especiall on defense.. I dont think it will be a blowout but i believe we run away with the game in the 2nd half.. WR's must play well they are up against some good corners.. LSU wins 27-19
I will tell you at the end of the season...I liked what I saw on offense...now I want to see consistency and more of it!
This post was edited by TigersRule1 17 months ago
Those responses are great and all, but neither one of you answered the question. Are you more or less confident in this LSU team after the Bama game than you were before?
Neither for me. Always felt we would play well(and win) against Bama. It's a 1 game high or low that can't be duplicated. Everyone keeps saying we don't have a rival but I firmly believe Bama is our rival. Look at any LSU message board or look at any of the ties the 2 schools have to one another over the last few years and you'll see what makes a rivalry.
I'll say confident as I was at the beginning of the year and more confident now as the season has gone on, especially looking towards next year. While it's tough to project it after basically one half against Bama, if we can see that 2nd half Mett from now on, I think we start feeling how a lot of us did before the season started and how Mett was going to save this program of our poor QB play.
When a guy like Jesse Palmer, who is one of VERY FEW analysts on TV is beaming about Mett after the game, even in a loss, then I think we are starting to see the Mett that was competing with Aaron Murray at Georgia.
Yeah, the way we lost to Bama was bad, but to see how we dominated that team, primarily in the 2nd half should have been uplifting for many fans. And the bull that Saban is saying how he studied our two-minute defense is a crock, like he knew he was going to be down at the end of the game. He got lucky in calling a screen when we blitzed and he knows it. I wish the D had played better that final drive but there are a lot more positives to draw from that game than negatives. The fact that we have a youthful starting o-line that is dominating is extremely exciting as well
This post was edited by cdub71323 17 months ago
Other than the first couple of games it's clearly been more about the OL and WR's than it has ever been about Mett.
This.! I agree totally here.I am more cofident after USC game Just want see it keep going.Alabama already has a rival Auburn.We will never replace that...Just like Ole Miss thinks we are there rival but we dont really care about them.I live in North Louisiana you people in south louisiana dont have to put up with the Arky crap we put up with up here on a daily bases...They are who I hate to loose to ther most makes my life miserable!Get over Alabama. we are only rivals because a few people have Saban envy and both have fielded good teams lately. Take either of those away there is no rivalry other then 2 teams in the same conference.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Medictiger 17 months ago
Im with TR1, I am definately more confident but it comes with hesitancy. If we can come out with the same execution I will feel great about this team.
"They're on our left, they're on our right, they're in front of us, they're behind us....They can't get away this time." Chesty Puller
The truth is, it's almost always more about the OL than the skill positions. Most college QB's can beat teams passing the ball if they are given plenty of times. Most college WR's can get open if have time to use double moves on DB's. Most college RB's can be successful if they have holes to run through. But very rarely can any of those position groups be successful if the OL can't give the QB time or open up holes.
I feel the same way. More confident based on what I saw Saturday night, but I still want to make sure it's not just a one game thing. The staff dialed up a good gameplan and I hope they continue to call the offense more like they did in that game, as that is something that certainly keeps me from going overboard with confidence. No doubt losing that game stings, especially with some poor decisions at time as well as that game winning drive. I'm really interested in seeing how we bounce back this weekend.
I think what we saw Saturday night against Bama was the development of trust in the OL by the coaching staff, based on what they had seen vs South Carolina and Texas A&M. I think, for the first time since the Washington game, they felt they could protect the QB with just 5 or 6 guys in most cases (unless the defense showed blitz). This gave Mett more options in the route and more pre-snap reads to take advantage of.
I'd say that adds up to 3 games this season in which the staff felt good about their OL: North Texas, Washington and Alabama. In those games, Mett's combined stats are:
55-79 (70%), 685yds, 3 TD's, 1 INT
After the Washington game, when Dworaczyk got hurt, they were working with a banged up Hurst at LT and a true freshman at RT, so they started keeping at least 1 TE and 1 RB in to protect on each pass play. That left a maximum of 3 guys in the route, and often just 2.
I definatley think the bye week helped with coaching the o-line up but showed the most with our recievers...I think coach Henry who I was doubting stepped up
I think what we saw Saturday night was a combination of that trust in the OL and the staff realizing that doing the same old stuff wasn't going to work against the Bama defense. Question is, will they continue to scheme that same way against defenses that we may be able to go back to what we were doing before against and still come out on top?
I'm more confident - not so much from what I observed. But more so, based on team amd Miles comments.
Three games remaining - none of them are pushovers but I expect the Tigers to close out with three wins. My season predictions were a LSU 10-3 or 11-2 record, not a 14-0. I like the youth development on the Oline when injuries made it a patchwork effort. Hill is looking more and more like an elite SEC back.
I'm not all "satisified" with the close loss - the team earned a W but didn't get it. But the pain and disappointment wasn't there as it was during the NC game. I felt the team was adequately prepared. I'm optimistic about where this program is headed. There's some shift in power in the league - Georgia, USC, and Florida are contesting. I see TexasA&M as more challenging down the road than Auburn or Arkansas.
The next team up is MissState - we'll need to play a full game.
Good question, Tiger NE. I am more confident after the Bama game and what I saw from the play calling and execution of the entire O. Anyone who has been reading my posts knows I am not happy about the outcome of the Bama game, and I have aired my opinion on who is to blame, so I will spare all of you and not reiterate. However, as good as we looked statistically, scoring 17 points off the chances we had is not good enough. We always seem to be scoring-challenged. From the fake FG, to the 54-yarder (which Alleman has never done), to the Copeland penalty - all these mistakes came at crucial times, and kept us from being the team that we could be. Now, how will we look against MSU? Will we be the timid, play-not-to-lose, ultra-conservative, let's-get-out-of-here-alive LSU, or will we be challenging, with swagger, hard-hitting, daring the Bulldogs to even think about whipping us in our house? The outcome will depend upon our attitude.
Definitely more confident now!
Proud to support everything Louisiana
Don't discount the lack of crisp route running...after seeing the importance of it week after week our WR corp has finally realized if they are precise and can get separation Mett will stick it where they can catch it...
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by TigersRule1 17 months ago
More confident since the o-line has come together. Very confident after Mett's last outing.
Regards to All,
more confident for sure.. WR's playing better, o-line playing better, Mett looks more comfortable.. Experience should bring more consistency.. We are very young on offense
I'm much more confident right now. If we revert on Saturday to our old sputtering offense...then my confidence will be tempered. But I think something happened in the Bama game. I think Mett and the WRs gained a lot of confidence and I hope that is going to pay huge dividends in their future performances. My feeling is that we are going to pound Miss St this weekend.
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