LSU narrowly escaped an upset by North Carolina last Saturday and needs to make improvements if they want any chance of competing in the Southeastern Conference this season.
Most of the issues that need improvement come from the coaching staff, mainly head coach Les Miles.
Miles needs to step his game up if he ever wants to win back the Tiger fans and prove to them that he is capable of leading the Tigers back to championship form.
Poor game management has cost the Tigers dearly in the past and almost cost them a victory over No. 16 UNC in Week 1.
In this Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt, Miles needs to show his team and the fans that he has the killer instinct necessary to put an opponent away when they are on the ropes.
Miles needs to rout the Commodores as badly as possible Saturday, and this comes down to two main factors.
First, he must give Russell Shepard more touches. The man is a playmaking factory and Miles needs to keep going to him until the defense proves that they can stop him.
Anything less than 15 touches for Shepard this week is a mistake. Even touches in which Shepard does not make the big play open up opportunities for others, mainly Rueben Randle downfield.
Next, Miles needs to let his defense go all-out for the entire game. The defensive pressure in the first half against UNC was outstanding. The Tigers lived in the UNC back field and had the Tar Heels on the ropes and lacking confidence.
However, in the second half, they called off the dogs and allowed UNC to regain confidence and move the ball.
Les Miles and the Tigers need to use this week against an inferior Vanderbilt team to work on improving. Anything short of a 40-point rout of the Commodores is an underachievement.