LSU Football: Are Jordan Jefferson's Good Times Coming To An End?

Brett StephenAnalyst IISeptember 27, 2010

BATON ROUGE, LA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Jordan Jefferson #9 of the Louisiana State Univeristy Tigers avoids a tackle by Najee Goode #52 of the West Virginia Mountaineers at Tiger Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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The LSU Tigers have created a formula for winning in 2010.  It starts with high pressure defense and amazing special teams play in the first half to gain a comfortable lead followed by a second half of conservative defense and zero offense, allowing the over-matched opponent to gain momentum and mount a comeback before finally dialing the defense back up to seal the victory.

This strategy is great for winning against over-matched out-of-conference opponents and sub-par conference foes and it is really great for psychiatrists and cardiologists in the Greater Baton Rouge area who are dealing with depressed and stressed out Tiger fans watching a super talented team underutilized each and every Saturday.

None of this would be an issue if LSU could get even an ounce of production from the quarterback position.

Jordan Jefferson, who many doubted and many held high hopes for, is letting everyone down.

Another less than dynamite performance against West Virginia leaves Tiger fans wondering, is this the end of JJ’s good times in Tiger Stadium?

10 completions on 22 attempts with two interceptions and zero touchdowns is not the stat line of a quarterback on a national championship contender.  It definitely not the stat line expected of a quarterback surrounded by superior talent.

There are no excuses for Jefferson.  He has a wide receiver group that is as good, if not better, than any group in the nation.  He’s got a slew of running back depth and an offensive line that does a more than adequate job of run and pass blocking.

It is all on Jefferson, who vowed to the team and fans to get better after dismal performances to start the season.

Jefferson has not gotten better.  In fact, he’s regressed.  He went from mediocre to down-right horrible in four weeks.

It is without a doubt time to give Jarrett Lee a second chance to lead this team. 

Head coach Les Miles made a mysterious move when he put Lee in for one series, let him throw one pass, and then went back to Jefferson on the next possession.

If you are going to make the switch, stick with it.  Pulling Jefferson for one series is not going to improve his confidence or accuracy. 

Tiger fans are tired of seeing a multitude of talented players wasted by the play of one player.  This team has too much talent to be barely squeaking out victories against inferior opponents.