LSU Football: How Is 6-0 So Uncomfortable?

Brett Stephen@@brettstephenAnalyst IIOctober 10, 2010

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 07:  Jarrett Lee #12 of the Louisiana State University Tigers against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 7, 2009 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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It is really hard to be upset with a 6-0 start, especially when you have gotten wins over three ranked opponents, but many Tiger fans (including myself) are.

LSU’s win over Florida was a dominating effort with a few big mistakes and bad decisions that kept the Gators in the game. 

LSU’s defense dominated in the first half, living in the Florida backfield and stuffing the Gator running game.  Where was this in the second half?

The Tigers continuously disrupt opposing offenses in the first half and then get conservative in their play calling in the second half.  Why? 

It is one thing to come out in the second half with a 30-10 (UNC) lead and get conservative.  It’s a whole different story to get conservative with a six point lead like the Tigers did Saturday night versus Florida.

It makes zero sense to change your defensive strategy when it is dominating the opponent.

It has become a disturbing pattern for the Tigers in 2010, and it needs to be corrected, if not for a chance to contend for an SEC and/or national title, at least for the heart-health of Tiger fans.

With the exception of the two occasions where the LSU offense and special teams gave the Gators the ball in their own red zone, the LSU defense held Florida’s offense to no production, yet we completely called off the dogs in the second half.

There is no understandable logical behind this move.

I guess it is the same logic that tells you to pull the quarterback that is having success moving the chains in favor of the guy that continuously struggles and turns the ball over.

I can somewhat understand putting Jordan Jefferson in the game as a “red zone quarterback”,  but why put him in at any other time when Jarrett Lee is demonstrating that he can lead the offense efficiently and effectively?

Jefferson has shown absolutely zero ability to lead the offense.  Not only did he have a broken play that luckily enough resulted in a touchdown, but also came up from under center and checked the play on his wristband after calling the play in the huddle for the entire team. 

How can the quarterback be the only player that does not know the play moments before snapping the ball?

Les Miles’ decisions regarding the quarterback position are mind-boggling, and it’s only a matter of time before the Tiger defense is unable to bail him out. Whether it is a matter of him being stubborn or just ignorant, Miles’ luck is bound to run out soon, and his time in Baton Rouge will run out soon after.

Lee’s performance on Saturday and composure in crunch-time have to have earned him an opportunity to start, but with the Mad Hatter calling the shots, who knows?