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I have a question for the Board. If Mettenberger was a freshman, his performance so far this year would at least be within the range of what I would expect. But he's now more than halfway through his junior year, and even if he were to steadily improve over the next few games (which he shows little sign of doing), I wonder what the future is we're building for with him? Why wouldn't we give Rivers a shot to see what we've got? Or, why not Bolden, who would likely be more mobile, has the same amount of eligibility left, and would be hard-pressed to turn the ball over more than Mett? Assuming we get both Rettig and Jennings next year, if Mett is no better than he is now, why wouldn't you start the best of the three (including Rivers) and invest in the future?
Mettenberger is the best you have right now. Rivers is not ready yet and Bolden wants to redshirt.
I think the spring you may see some competition but right now their best option is to ride Mettenberger as far as he will take them.
Mettenberger is the most physically gifted passer to step on campus at LSU in the last 6 years. He is at his best throwing the ball downfield as he is still working on his accuracy. Unfortunately, due to other reasons, he is being asked to be a precision passer in the short game. Like many inexperienced QBs, his biggest shortcoming is he tends to hold onto the ball too long and he also gets in trouble trying to extend plays.
Everyone likes to point to the QB when things don't go as we all hoped. However, linemen need to block, receivers need to run precise routes, get separation and hold onto the ball. Mettenberger has not been at his best, but he also has not been as bad as many of the talking heads claim.
Countless examples last night. We had a touchdown last night to James Wright that was broken up at the last instant. Herbstreit blamed the pass but did not mention that Mett took a shot as he was releasing the ball. Also hit on a sideline pass that Beckham had two hands on and went right through both of them.
The passing game has been limited to short passes because we do not have confidence in our protection. As a result, we have a homerun hitter that has to bunt even though he doesn't run well (i.e. not a precision passer yet).
If he had time to stand tall in the pocket and didn't experience so many drops, I think we would be talking about a very different QB. Hard to say that Mett is a bigger problem then the pass protection and drops. Let's get him some time in the pocket and eliminate the drops and see what he can do.
I do not expect competition in the offseason at QB other than who will back up Mett because he has a Sunday arm and that is not something you can coach. You can work on the rest.
I don't hate often, but when I do, I prefer Alabama, USC or Notre Dame.
I agree we'd be talking about a different QB or at least be discussing him in a different light if not for the excess amount of drops and breakdowns along the line. Until last night, he hadn't seen the best of protection very often so you'd expect him to be a bit jumpy. Add the drops he's had to endure and it's easy to understand why some might not think he's doing all that well. And even though his numbers aren't all that good and he's taken a few sacks that should/could have been prevented, stop and think about all the catchable passes he's thrown that receivers have bungled. Dropped passes have been a BIG problem!
I'm more concerned about the receivers than I am about Mett!
well said koony..
What the ?
I thought he did great last night.
JR or not he's still a first year starter in the S. E. C. I can see him tkin a lil off his throws due to lack of confidence in his wr's. I can also see him aiming a little and throwin low to avoid picks. Those issues will get better. He will hv growin pains this year and imo we will see a much more confident qb next spring.
Iam concerned about the two fades he threw including the one to the TE which landed in someone's lap in the first row of seats.
His"deer in the headlights" look concerns me. I can see it through my TV so apparently it must be prevalent in the huddle.
I am concerned about his lack of timing with the WRs. I realize that they have class and all which limits their time but didn't they spend the summer throwing? His lack of film study hours also causes me great concern.
That being said I agree that he gives us the best chance to win right now.
This post was edited by D14 18 months ago
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I'm going with the best possibility, and I think he's going to be Bolden.
Bolden, already had significant PT experience in another environment. He's a likely RS this year with two years to play. He came here with a mission in mind and he was a highly sought QB recruit.
Show me two or three Freshmen who played early and I'll take a serving of crow.
Rivers gets some rave reviews but he's had little PT.
Mett? There are extenuating circumstances - OL and WR performance. But I'm expecting more from him than he has shown. He has the ability to make the big play - he's going to need to continue to improve if LSU is to be successful.
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