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Les Miles doesn't have a starting quarterback

Posted on: November 10, 2011 3:10 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

If there was any dark lining to the great, shimmering silver cloud of LSU's victory over Alabama last Saturday, it was the play of quarterback Jarrett Lee. After eight mostly perfect games as the Tigers' unquestioned starter, Lee hit just 3 of his 7 passes against the Tide for only 24 yards and no touchdowns. Even worse, Lee tossd a pair of ugly interceptions that brought to mind his disastrously pick-prone 2008 season.

The result during the game was that Jordan Jefferson played the majority of the second half and the Tigers' lone overtime series. But the fallout for Lee could last even longer, as Les Miles has been steadfast in his refusal to name Lee (or Jefferson) the Tigers' starter for their sparring match Saturday against Western Kentucky.

 "I haven't given it a lot of thought, to be honest with you," Miles said Wednesday, telling reporters that a starter wouldn't be named until kickoff. "It's my same two guys.  I'm looking forward to them playing."

Asked Tuesday whether Miles would want to name Lee the starter or take other measures vs. the overmatched Hilltoppers to restore Lee's confidence, the coach said that 1. he would not 2.Lee didn't need the coddling anyway:
"We're not soothing or trying to comfort a young ego. I think that's the motivation that Jarrett responds to. He understands football. This is a quality young man. He's more veteran ...

I don't really care about getting back on the horse, or the philosophy 'let's make the QB comfortable.' Hell, we need to execute the offense. We need to play."
In the hands of a less confident coach, with less experienced quarterbacks, this kind of juggling under center might drag down an entire team. But Miles, of course, has juggled QBs for years and showed against the Tide that he's as crafty at it as ever; Lee and Jefferson are, of course, both highly experienced seniors who have had their ups-and-downs and won't be fazed by a little bench time or open competition; and the team, of course, doesn't care who the quarterback is as long as they're winning. That both players will see plenty of snaps regardless of who the "No. 1" QB is makes the "controversy" even less significant.

So as it weird as it seems to type that the unanimous No. 1 team in the country has no starting quarterback but that it doesn't really matter, we're forced to conclude it's true: the unanimous No. 1 team in the country has no starting quarterback, but it doesn't really matter.


Since: Nov 11, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 12:53 pm

Les Miles doesn't have a starting quarterback

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Since: Oct 21, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2011 4:12 pm

Les Miles doesn't have a starting quarterback

Maybe the better line would be LSU doesn't have a dominant starting quarterback.  They didn't when they won the nc with Flynn.  The key is not to have a quarterback that will lose games.  Lee was fine until last week with two very poor interceptions into double coverage.  He wasn't the starting quarterback going into the season, it was Jefferson.  In five games Jefferson has a quarterback rating of 172.8 and no interceptions.  Lee is at 151.2 with the only three interceptions thrown by LSU this year.  Look for Jefferson to start and play it close to the vest.  The running game and defense can bear the load.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2011 3:41 pm

Les Miles doesn't have a starting quarterback

Backwards. You were looking for a silver lining in the ugly, dark cloud that was LSU-Alabama.

Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: November 10, 2011 3:17 pm

Les Miles doesn't have a starting quarterback

he should start mettenburger just to throw people off, you never know with les

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