Spoiled LSU fans may be angry about road losses to Auburn and Georgia in the past three games, but don't expect coach Nick Saban to yell and scream a lot this week.
His No. 24 Tigers (3-2, 1-2 SEC) should already know they didn't play as well as they could have in either game, and they should already know this is another big road game this week at No. 12 Florida.
Saban figures no amount of yelling and screaming will help them understand that if they don't understand it already.
"I think that the players, if they have any pride in themselves and what they do and what they work toward, I feel that they will respond, should respond," Saban said, "If they don't respond, then maybe we're coaching the wrong guy -- from a competitive standpoint, in terms of what they need to do to play better.
"Now, does that mean we're going to become a dominant team overnight? Probably not, but we can make progress toward that and make improvement toward that.
"Me yelling and screaming at these guys right now? If we need to do that, I think we're in trouble. The same way with the staff. You know, nobody takes these losses harder. ... Hopefully, our players will feel the same way about it and work harder to try to get better."
If they don't feel that way, perhaps it's because some of the players are still living in the past after winning a share of the national championship last season.
"This has been a difficult team because a lot of good stuff happened last year, a lot of expectations this year, not enough emphasis on working hard," Saban said.
"You know, life is difficult and I can't really make it easy. There's nothing I can do as a coach to make going to Georgia to play the No. 3 team in the country, in that atmosphere, easy for anyone. And we've got lots of guys on our team that really don't understand that. So, I think maybe they get it now."
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