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Lawge always writes exactly what I try to say. Hes been doing for a couple of years now. Hes like my smarter ego.
This would be about the time O'le Curley would be chime in calling us want-to-be-loser .Pointing out (2 loss Les) is all we will ever have with this staff.
I wonder how is that Bama could only have had 1 penalty in this game. I would like to know how many time Bama has been called for Holding this year compared to other elite teams. Seems like nit-picken but damn when Fluker knocked the crap out of Mingo and nothing was called it was kinda of fishy to me. I know what fish look like too.
Great post Lawge, exactly what I've been thinking the last two days.
Lawge, great post and its something that every tiger fan should be forced to read. It was great seeing our team respond to adversity and show for really the first time this year what kind of team we can be. Next year the future is bright, but I am really interested to see how we can finish this year. Hopefully they can get back up vs state after a disappointing finish to a great game. This team still has a lot to prove and they grew up big time in the second half.
Lot of you guys know me from TSD. I'm not a big message board person. But I read this and wanted to say I wish there were many more logical and level-headed folks like Lawge and those of you who have responded in the LSU fandom and around the world.
There were mistakes made the LSU coaches the other night, no doubt. Those guys are as human as you and me.
Without the very well-constructed offensive game plan, the defensive scheme that worked so well for nine of 12 Alabama possessions and Les Miles' ability to motivate and inspire his team, that game isn't close. Period.
Damn strong post!
Good stuff this weekend, RR. Enjoyed today's write up on the defense in crunch time.
"I guess you've just gotta find something you love to do and then... do it for the rest of your life." - Max Fisher
Les miles is one of the few coaches who can line teams up and compete with sabans teams every year. He's one of the few who have ever followed a great (nat title winning) coach and keep the program on top. If we can finish strong and win out. 10-2 with this young team is damn good. I knew it would tk time with mett and our offense. It seems to have all come together. Let's see if we can be consistent now. If so watch out!
My question for Kenyatta 96 is, what sugestions do you have in regards of your opinions? Les may not be the fire-breathing dragon that CNS is, but his staff loves him. His teams love him and play very well for him. Les keeps this program relavent in the national media. He graduates his players. He does what's best for the program on and off the field. How many HC's would have kicked the most important players off their teams like Miles has done twice (i,e; Perrilloux and Mathieu). There isn't a HC in the country that could handle our fan base as well as Les Miles has. Saban couldn't handle it so he ran off. Miles' alma mater came calling twice and he turned them down twice. He makes great hires. The high school coaches in this state and surrounding areas have a great relationship with CLM and staff. Does Miles make mistakes that make you scratch your head? Yes, but to say that Miles has to go seems like a stretch especially when their is no better option available. And to those that think Sean Payton would be a better option, take a LONG look at this Saints defense and how it's built and that should scare you back into focus.
How's it going Randy? Nice to see you here and I hope you will post more often. I enjoy a lot of your reads.
"That was Death Valley. It's where opponent's dreams come to die." - Miles
As a Greek, i would like to request that the word 'Greek' is not used in the same sentence as Saban. Again. Ever. Please.
“There is no off switch on a tiger”
My point is this. Are you happy with being a Top 5-10 each year, or do you want NC's? We have lost 5 games in the last 3 years, which is awesome. When I look at these losses, I realize a few things:
2010 Auburn - lost 24-17. If you hold Cam Newton to 24 points, you should win. Offense was awful.
2010 Arkansas - Lost 31-22. Hatcher single handedly gave up 14 points. Still offense was terrible. Ark did not have a great defense.
*My thoughts! We could have easily been undefeated that season and played for NC. Why was our offense so sorry? Poor coaching! It was not Crowton's offense so why was he even fired? But 10-2 is ok. But in my eyes our talent was better than that. Miles tinkering with the offense cost this team two victories because although Hatcher hurt us, the offense went stone cold in the 2nd half vs Ark.
2011 - Crowton fired. Here comes Krag and Stud. We are told everything on offense will be fixed. Wrong! We moved the ball very well against some very weak defenses. JJ9 even had a great passing day vs Ark. But what sticks out is that if it had not been for the Honey Badger, defense, and special teams we would have lost to Ark and UGA. The offense was pretty bad until we wore the defense down.
2011 1st Bama Game - 3 fg's no offense.
Jan. 9, 2012. - Awful awful awful. Coaches have to have the team focused and ready to play. That's the bottom line. We weren't.
2012 at Florida - Almost as bad a offensive performance as 01-09-12. Red zone plays after time-outs were embarrassing.
2012 vs Bama - Awesome job. We beat them everywhere but the scoreboard! How in the world do you do that? Here's how: 1. Seven penalties with one being a true killer (undisciplined) 2. Head coach puts his influence into the game and makes 4 questionable decisions on 4th down...When every analyst and talking head calls you out for it, then it is a obviously the truth. Not one analyst defended him. Even the onside kick had me scratching my head.
Look at the pattern of coaching that Les Miles is consitently doing. Yall want to defend that? Every year he blows 1-2 games. EVERY YEAR! Are you guys not tired of that? It doesn't matter how many top level recruits he brings in, he will find a way to lose 1-2 games. Even when he has the best team in the country. Make no mistake about it, we have had the best team in the country for two years, and I would say 2010 was damn close. We should be undefeated now, we should've been undefeated last year, and undefeated in 2010. At least worst case scenario he wins on NC in that 3 year span. But know, he figured out how to screw that up. Our offense is no different from when Crowton was here. Our offense is know different from when JJ and JL were here. The only one common theme is Miles and Stud. So Mett has one good game in 8 tries. Well let's throw a party! The truth is this! If we want to get over that hump and finally win another NC, then Miles is going to have to hire a pro-style offensive coordinator that is an equal to Chavis. Miles needs to move away from all offensive preparation and game planning. The head sets have to come off. Miles needs to be a Joe Pa or Bobby Bowden style head coach. He greatest gift is recruiting and a few sound bites that gets LSU some national pub. He needs to stick to that and let his assistants coach. He reminds me so much of Dean Smith, a guy that couldn't coach a lick but surrounded himself with great assistants. I went to a coaching clinic one time and Dean Smith couldn't even explain his four corners offense. I was like wow! But back to the topic, Miles doesn't need to be fired, he just needs to be asked to step back from the offense. If he refuses then we may have to ask him to step down. Again he's been here 8 years. After 8 we switch Presidents. Sometimes its just time. How long will the fanbase settle for 1 and 2 loss seasons with zero NC's? How long is long enough? WE ARE GOING TO LOSE 1-2 GAMES EVERY YEAR IF WE STAY THIS COURSE! And there is no way we will win two games back2back vs Top 4 teams with Miles meddling in the offense. So it's simple. We know that in 8 years Miles has lost 2 or more games 7 times and 1 game once. Do you need 8 more years to prove that this is just how Les Miles coached teams are? If you want NC's you better ask for change. If you want what you got this year and last, then support Miles and don't say a word the next time we lose a game because of inadequate offense. I was once like lawge. My perception has changed. I want NC's and I don't believe Miles can deliver unless he gives up the offense.
Last thing. A lot of you are afraid to make a change because we may get someone worse. Here's my take:
1. When you hire a coach, money should not be an obstacle. If it is, then you don't want to win.
2. We should hire an offensive minded coach that is willing to keep Chavis and staff on board. (Gruden, Spurrier, Sean Peyton, Garrett, etc.).
3. It's got to be a high profile coach that everyone respects and would not criticize unless things got really bad. For example Saban went 7-6 his 1st year. The fans just said give him time.
4. If you can't intice a high profile guy then there is no need to change.
Ken, I understand your point. Les has to do better to remain on top since now you have aTm and Missou coming on board. But make a suggestion on who we can definitely replace him with. Hell Saban didn't do that good of a coaching job against us this past Saturday night, and he is the measuring stick that all college coaches are compared to.
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