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LSU Football: Should Les Miles Be Fired, Even In Winning Effort?

BATON ROUGE, LA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Head coach Les Miles of the Louisiana State University Tigers waches a play against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Tiger Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  The Tigers defeated the Mountaineers 20-14.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Brett StephenAnalyst IIOctober 3, 2010

Les Miles did one thing right in today’s fiasco against Tennessee.  He pulled Jordan Jefferson and sent in Jarrett Lee. 

While six months ago that would have seemed like an absolutely crazy concept, it was indeed the correct move.

However, it does no good to bench your starter if you’re just going to randomly send him back in here and there.

If randomly sending Jefferson back in for a series here and there wasn’t ridiculous enough, how about making a quarterback switch after Lee had driven LSU to a first-and-goal at the one-yard line and was about to go in for the game-winning touchdown?

Other than injury, why would you switch quarterbacks with two plays left in the game?  How can Lee and the offense gain any type of chemistry or rhythm if he comes out of the game at crucial times?

Miles' decision to put Jefferson back in the game at the very end could have and should have cost LSU the game. 

Miles’ decision to send in a quarterback that couldn’t get the team lined up and get a play off in 25 seconds should escalate him from the hot seat to the unemployment line.

Miles’ terrible personnel decisions and inability to get any type of offense going this season has nearly cost LSU three games. 

The Jordan Jefferson experiment needs to be put to an end.  Miles should be allowed one more game to prove that he is capable of producing a product on the field that Tiger fans expect and deserve.  

Jarrett Lee should take every snap, and any more dancing back and forth with Jefferson should lead to Miles being fired. 

LSU has too much talent on both sides of the ball to be narrowly escaping losses to teams like UNC, West Virginia and Tennessee.  He’s had his chances and has been given the benefit of the doubt too many times. 

It’s time to put up or shut up for Les Miles.

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