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How can a coaching staff that has led its team to a 10-2 record get an D- grade? Because it has great talent that can win games in spite of its coaches.
LSU's head coach Les Miles continues to show, week in and out, poor clock management, lack of motivation skills, lack of discipline, lack of player development and poor communication skills. Basically, every skill of being a head coach, he lacks.
I'm sure he may be a "nice guy," but that doesn't cut it when you have the continued problems LSU has brought to the field. I could go on for days with examples, but if you've watched any of this year's games, you'll see all you need.
Just look at the LSU QB play this year, and think that Oregon's star QB Darron Thomas, who committed to LSU, was told he wasn't good enough to play QB at LSU, but would need to play another position. The same can be said about LSU's "jack of all trades" player Russell Shepard, there is no way you could tell me he would've done worse at QB than what LSU produced this year. Yet, you rarely see this kid who was the nations top recruit a short time ago.
Player evaluation is pathetic at LSU.
LSU's OC Gary Crowton has to take much of the blame for lack of the ability to adapt to the weapons he has. Without going over LSU's poor QB play, you at least would expect him to pick up on the strengths of the LSU players and let them bring their best to the field. Example: Jordan Jefferson has never showed pocket presence, and yet over half of his pass attempts come from that spot being the line.
Another issue is the play book. Is this a high school play book? When you see up to five 'bubble screens" in one game, you have to wonder. LSU has incredible speed and height at QB and yet you rarely ever saw long pass attempts down the field.
LSU's DC John Chavis was the best of the bunch. If it wasn't for his defensive schemes, LSU would have lost at least four or five more games this year. Still, his lack of ability to change plans during a game were very evident in the Auburn game as well as the Ole Miss and Arkansas battles. There was absolutely no excuse for the lack of run blitzes against Cam Newton in the AU game. The LBs and safeties continued to sit back and react too slowly to Cam once he broke containment.
This bunch would easily get an F if it wasn't for Chavis.