Dumbfounded

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If you didn’t believe in Voodoo or Zombies before Monday night, witnessing the resurrection of the 2010 LSU offense surely changed your mind. 2010 was a season of offensive ineptitude that was buried by LSU’s magnificent 13-0 season in 2011. Apparently, it was a shallow grave as 2010’s offense reared its ugly head again in the BCS.

Hats off to the Tide. They were the better team on Monday night and deserve the trophy for winning the game. Alabama played a near perfect game. LSU couldn’t keep its offense on the field and for the first time, the LSU defense got tired trying to keep the game close enough for the offense.

This time, the Tiger defense and special teams couldn’t save the day. In the 21-0 thumping at the hands of the Tide, LSU looked putrid on offense. There is no way to sugarcoat it….LSU was horrid when they had the ball.

Jordan Jefferson looked confused for the whole game. The line, which had performed so well all season, became penalty prone and porous. The stable of running backs was kept in the stable by Bama. The Tide forced LSU to pass the ball and LSU couldn’t do it. It was a train wreck and the blame rests squarely on the conductors. How could Miles, Stud and Kragthorpe implement a game plan that relied so heavily on the option? Did they think they could fool Saban and Smart a second time? Why not make a change when Jefferson wasn’t able to make his reads quick enough to avoid the rush and get a few completions in the flats? Yes, Lee wouldn’t have been mobile, but at least he could have made a read and gotten the ball off.

This loss is going to sting and no amount of winning in 2012 is going to take the pain away unless the Tigers beat Alabama next November and play for another championship. This is the type of loss that completely overshadows what an incredible season LSU just put together. It is vexing, perplexing and simply dumbfounding.

Whenever a team ends the season with a loss, there will be questions. My biggest questions are….Why not exhaust all options in the biggest game of the season? Why not see what Lee or Mettenberger could do? Why leave the game in the hands of a player who was plainly confused and frustrated? Why recruit all these stars and keep them unplugged on the biggest stage?

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  • Let’s advocate for best of three!!!

  • Good article. Great points. We were completely over matched and dominated. Alabama forced its will upon us. Why didn’t we do anything differently to see if it would work? Lee deserved a shot. Now we’re left with what if’s.

    Oh well, I am still proud of our team. 13-1 and SEC champs… Nice :) now, let’s gear up for our next year. I can’t wait.

    Geaux tigers

  • Back in November, I was asking questions in the same vein.

  • “I just heard this from a friend with ties to the LSU athletic department. I am not sure if it is true or not but a lot of the pieces fit. Apparently about 3 hours before the game T-Bob Hebert and Russell Shepard and 2 other receivers and a hand full of linemen got into a heated argument with Les Miles and the Offensive Coordinator about Lee getting more playing time and possibl…y starting the BCS Championship game. It got so heated that Miles benched T-Bob and RS and 3 other players. He called Lee into his office and told Lee that he would not be playing in the game. The Offensive CO told Miles that he thought that Lee gave the team the best chance to win the game. Miles told the OC to start looking for a new job after the game and Miles will be calling the plays for the championship game. Apparently the O Line sided with T-Bob and Lee and did not give their all in the game to prove to Miles that the players are more important then the coach. Now I know that this is hard to believe but when you look at some things it kind of explains a few things: I will list some:
    Playcalling: Read option pass on 3rd and 10 – 4 times. Running the same 5 plays over 90% of the game. Overall, Horrible play calling. Running the ball in the 4th quarter with 9mins and down by 21. T-Bob Hebert not taking a snap in the game. RS only playing 3 snaps and not touching the ball or getting looked at. Lee getting off the bus and walking 10 feet behind the team with his head down and looking dejected while walking into the Dome. Heated argument between receivers and JJ and O Line with O line coach on sidelines. And the kicker, reports that 2/3 rds. of the plays that were practiced up to the game were not ran and the players were not told why. Again I do not know if this is entirely true but there seems to be a lot of truth in it just by seeing what happened in the game”