Irony with LSU can = SEC Championship and rise to familiar heights

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    Last year we manhandled LSU on the LOS, and appeared to be emerging into not only a "nasty" defensive unit, but a team that could bring a smash-mouth ground attack to the game. It seemed that we beat LSU at their own game, as it is evident that Head Coach Les Miles embraced the same "smash mouth" or bust philosophy.

    "LSU went on to be upset by Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl in a come-from-behind loss to Clemson that one LSU beat-writer described as being "plunged off a physical cliff". Not only that, but there were other interesting developments/comments from that same piece (http://www.nola.com/lsu/index.ssf/2013/01/lsu_offense_lays_an_egg_in_the.html)

    "Sam Montgomery collapsed to the Georgia Dome turf and writhed in pain. The muscles in his legs seized under the strain of an unprecedented workload, and Montgomery needed teammates Elliott Porter and Chris Davenport to help him from the field in what surely will be his final game as an LSU Tiger.
    Ironically, it might have been the only help the LSU offense gave the defense all night. That Montgomery was staggering off the field after he and his defensive teammates were forced to play a staggering 100 snaps on the night should surprise no one.


    "Our young men played their hearts out tonight," LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis said. "Hey, that's football. But it obviously took a toll on us at the end there."

    "We left them out there a lot longer than we wanted them to be," offensive lineman Josh Dworaczyk said of his defensive teammates. "We didn't extend drives the way we wanted to and that put a strain on our defense."

    ...and the telling one:

    "We have to improve," LSU coach Les Miles said. "... Certainly adjustment has to be made. We need to get better on offense."

    Fast forward to 2013 season, and in comes Cam Cameron and his potent offense philosophy/scheme combined with the same defensive philosophy. Cameron's philosophy, however, offers more versatility than any offensive scheme in recent LSU memory. Result: Zach Mettenberger is revived into one of the Nation's leading passers and LSU has one of the Nation's more dynamic offenses.

    Now here is my point: That same dynamic offense was STILL able to revert back to a smash-mouth ground game and went with LOS toughness Saturday against us. Les Miles has learned what Nick Saban already knows...a chamelion-offense is what now wins championships!

    You must be able to do both! Bama and LSU can win a 49-42 game or a 17-6 game, whereas, at this present time, we are pressed to score 30 against second tier teams. We simply dont have the offensive scheme to score enough against teams with above-average defenses. If we don't change our offensive scheme, we will continue to be 4-8 against ranked teams (all with above-average defenses) and we are the next ones approaching a cliff...My hope is we rise to familiar heights!
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    We'll find out soon enough. (A few more games)
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    Our offense overall is more cohesive than last year.
    We just need to change tempo a little bit.
    Right now it had one speed, slow motion.
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    Yes, slow and very predictable
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    protecting the quarterback would also be nice. and opening up some holes for the RBs to run through.
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    Just an observation from an LSU fan. You HAVE to take a few shots down the field. Even if you concede no chance of success. If you don't, you are giving the other team's defense a huge advantage. Muschamp was very critical of your offensive line in his post-game comments due to their failure to protect the QB. And he is right, if you are going to take shots down the field to keep the other team honest, you can't have your QB running around back there with no time to set his feet and throw. Florida this year reminds of LSU's two teams the last two years. A very good defense with an offense that is capable of doing "enough" to win. The good news is that with a dominant defense, you can always be in the game as long as you don't let the game get away from you. You guys can still win the east and get to Atlanta. We are all hoping, with purple and gold glasses, that our defense after losing so many juniors to the NFL is get the "seasoning" needed to compete.
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    when it comes to the SEC, Saturday is essentially an elimination game.
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    If Florida can't beat Missouri, it's going to be a loooooong 2nd half of the season. They match up better with Missouri than UGA or USCe, IMO.

    I don't think it's not that we didn't take shots down the field either. UF had guys wide open a number of times, they just couldn't protect the QB.
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    Every Saturday now.

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    Sorry guys but this style of O will NOT win in the SEC!!! Certainly not a title!!
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    Thanks Hatcher for the comment from a different perspective. I think the protection problem has a lot to do with game reps in a hostile environment. Repetition is still the mother of skill..we simply do not do it enough and appear to be "disjointed. Diversity in our offense has to become more "natural". Again, we are too robotic.

    Appears the learning curve is favorable and LSU is getting the seasoning that they need on defense and that Bama game will be another great matchup. My wife is a Bama Alum, and I told her that LSU will win that game. Her brothers called me after that :)

    Yes, we can still win the East. I'm just hoping this game was a huge teaching moment. Again, offensive "versatility" is the key, along with a stout defense.

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