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So far, based on the spring scrimmages, spring game and camp scrimmages, it seems that Mett is giving up at least one pick every time the team scrimmages....and that's with a green jersey on. I'm growing a little concerned about his decision making, especially early in the season against Washington and Auburn.
That Washington game is going to be much tougher than people are giving it credit for. If we turn the ball over a few times, we could really struggle to survive that one, given how young and inexperienced our secondary is.
Even without Mo and Taylor and TM7, the pass defense Mett goes against in practice every day is significantly better than that of Washington or Auburn. Plus they are being purposefully aggressive in the scrimmages, to test both Mett and the young secondary. Miles will be more conversative come game time if he thinks Mett's decision making might cost us.
ETA: I actually do agree Mett's decision making is probably the "biggest concern" on offense. I just think that's a very relative term, because I have virtually no concerns about anything else with our offense (save the backup center position).
This post has been edited 3 times, most recently by Gravitiger 20 months ago
I am not at all concerned at this point. As with every godd QB that has confidence in his arm and his receiving corps there will be picks. So long at the TD to INT ratio is 2-1 I say let er rip.
As the end of the year I predict Mett will have 2800 yards passing...24 TD's and 10 Int's...Our offense will once again be top 25 in the nation and so will our defense along with our special teams...
I'll take that in a heart beat and not look back!
I'm not so sure about. The biggest strength of our pass defense is the pass rush, and that is not a real factor on INT's in scrimmages, because the QB's don't get hit.
As ar as I can tell, so far in camp, Mett is throwing against 1 experienced player - Simon. Reid and Loston have both been held out of the scrimmages. That means the starting secondary Mett is facing consists of Simon, Eugene (RSF), Collins (RSF), Mills (TF), and Martin (SO).
I hope out pass defense is great this year, but a huge part of that is the calming influence of Eric Reid, and he hasn't been part of these scrimmages.
Pretty sure I saw on another site that Reid tied for the team lead in tackles in the last scrimmage. I haven't read where he has been held out at all. Loston played as well, but was "slowed up" a little.
Even if Mett isn't getting hit in the scrimmages, he's still forcing passes and throwing balls away to avoid being touch-sacked by our freak DE.
Either way, I still strongly believe our inexperienced players are just plain better than the experienced players at Auburn and Washington, just going off what they both did last year.
Like I said above, Mett's decision making may very well be our biggest concern, but it's still not much of a concern in the grand scheme of things. They are being extra aggressive in the scrimmages to test Mett and the secondary, but Miles won't let that cost us ballgames like he did in Lee's freshman year. If Mett throws a couple of early picks against Washington, we will just go back to the ground and pound and dominate the second half (see: Arkansas, UGA).
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Gravitiger 20 months ago
I would take 5 passing TD's to 1 interception everygame this year.
If we get 120 snaps everygame and get to start half of our series in the red zone, you just might get that. Otherwise, you won't.
If Mett slings the ball around as much as most of us expect, I'd be more than happy with 2.5:1. That would be good enough to accomplish two things IMO: win us a championship and ensure that Mett comes back for another year to improve his draft stock.
I have I feeling that Mett is naturally a gunslinger. Int's come with the territory.
"That was Death Valley. It's where opponent's dreams come to die." - Miles
Agree. And he isn't a bit shy about trying to put it in a small space.
That's either good news or bad news. He's not hesitant to throw it. Our guys need to go get it.
He's going to have some interceptions. He was throwing in the red zone, a compact area.
Wasn't his ratio in juco something like 32-4? I'd say he was making good decisions then in the heat of competition. I know it wasn't the SEC, but his receivers weren't SEC caliber either.
Nowhere in my contract does it say I gotta make a fool out of myself, am I right?
He did have a WR with SEC offers - Marcus Kennard. Kennard was recruited by LSU, but ended up signing with Texas Tech. According to 247, he also had offers from Arkansas, Okie State and Texas A&M. According to Rivals, he also had offers from LSU and Oklahoma.
A stupid and ignorant topic. Typical for an lsu fan who doesn't know the game. When you throw the ball you will have interceptions, ask Matt Barkley, Drew Breez Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, etc. he had a great TD-int ratio in juco ball and that's all you look for in a QB. More positive than negative.
Trying to create conversation about the team on a message board.
I expect the kid to be very good this year, but the one thing I worry about with him is ball security - for two reasons: turnovers turn games, and more importantly; INT's lead Miles to shut down the passing game (see the regular season game at Bama last year). For Miles to let him sling it around, he has to protect the ball.
But I appreciate the insult.
share more with us peons who don't get to hang out with football players 24/7.
I just got Jarvis to accept my friend request on facebook.com so I'll be getting scoop too in no time
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by BlueToothJimmy 20 months ago
GET AT ME
Oh lord here we go again. Kid hasn't threw a pass as a starting QB yet and already acting like this. SMH
I think you make a good point, Tiger NE, but I am not concerned at all. In fact, I view Mett as a breath of fresh air from the QB position. All QBs who aren't afraid to throw the ball will throw picks. All the great ones do, and Mett will, too. But he will win games for us through the air, and will keep our O balanced and unpredictable. This approach will stand us in good stead against any team who feels that all they need to do to beat LSU is stop the running game.
Yea, his WRs and TEs weren't SEC caliber but even more important is his O-Line wasn't SEC caliber and d@mn sure wasn't LSU caliber. Like other people have stated Mett is gonna throw picks if he goes for being a top notch QB, but I feel that the good is gonna far outweigh the bad when it comes to LSU's passing attack this upcoming season!!!!
Matt Flynn threw quite a bit of interceptions during his time here and the passing game remained open for him. Competence is an even bigger determining factor for coaches than the fear of turnovers.
Honestly, I would be pretty disappointed if our defense wasn't getting the int's. The team is built around an opportunistic defense and a powerful running game.
Agreed...Flynn threw 21 TD's and 11 picks...As I said previously 2-1 is an acceptable ratio if your making big plays in the passing game and consistently moving the chains...
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