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LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

Posted on: January 25, 2012 1:12 pm
 

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

As historically dominant as Alabama's defense was in 2011, the consensus among LSU fans -- or anyone who watched the BCS national title game, really -- has been that the Crimson Tide got plenty of help in New Orleans from a Tiger offensive braintrust that didn't do their own team any favors. But as now ex-Tiger tight end DeAngelo Peterson has made clear with his comments at the Senior Bowl, it's not just the fans that feel that way.

"The game plan we were working on before the game, I don't think we used it," he told reporters after Senior Bowl practices Tuesday. "I don't think we used it ... I felt we were going to run all the plays we'd been practicing, but they really were calling none of it. I just think the playmakers on offense, they didn't really have a chance to make any plays. That's the big thing that bothers me. We didn't have the opportunity."

Peterson added that he wasn't alone in being frustrated.

"The play-calling bothered the whole offense," he said. "They were doing stuff that we never did all year. The game plan was to spread the ball out, get the ball to me, get the ball to Rueben (Randle), let Russell (Shepard) run the ball every now and then, give the ball to our running backs. In that game, Russell played like two plays, Rueben had like one ball, I had one ball ... I feel like if they had went to the game plan and given the playmakers the ball, they would have done something with the ball."

Peterson felt free to speak his mind during the season as well. But he isn't the first departed LSU senior to publicly question the offensive coaching during the Tigers' BCS meltdown. Quarterback Jarrett Lee said at his own all-star game appearance he "could have been given ... an opportunity to come in and get something going, you know, give them, Alabama, something else to worry about." In the game's immediate aftermath, guard Will Blackwell described the choice between Lee and starter Jordan Jefferson as a "pick-your-poison kind of deal" before saying the coaches "picked the wrong one."

The good news for Les Miles is that to-date, the Tigers still on LSU's roster haven't expressed such doubts in the media, sparing Miles the awkwardness of potential suspensions or other punishments. (Shepard might be viewed as the exception after temporarily declaring for the Draft on Twitter, but now that he's safely back in the fold, that teapot-tempest already appears over.) The bad news is that even if they haven't expressed those doubts publicly, the agreement between the LSU seniors suggests that silence doesn't mean those doubts aren't there. It doesn't help Miles that the seniors have a point: weapons like Randle and Shepard should have gotten the ball more often, Lee should have seen at least a series or two, the play-calling was completely unimaginative.

It's bad enough to lose a national title game that ruins what could have been one of the all-time great seasons in college football. But if the Tigers continue to struggle offensively in 2012 -- with Steve Kragthorpe and Greg Studrawa retained to run the offense for a second year -- and those quiet doubts are allowed to fester, the fallout from that fateful night in the Superdome could make that terrible defeat that much more terrible.

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Since: Jul 24, 2010
Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:24 am
 

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

Of all the stupid posts; your's takes the cake DrKnow-nothing. 6 years in a row; scoreboard. The only reason the SEC is getting the benefit of the doubt now is they earned it by winning it on the field, for several years in a row. The last time a non-SEC team won it all; it was b/c Auburn was screwed out of the opportunity to go kick USC's arse in the Orange Bowl. USC has been pampered and leg-humped by the press, for decades, more than any program not named Notre Dame; and YOU guys are bitching about bias? Hell, the press gave USC a "national championship" in 2003 even though LSU won The 2003 National Championship on the field. USC should have played in that game; burt that was Oklahoma bias, not SEC bias that screwed both LSU and USC out of playing the real NC game. This year was the first year there was any legitimate argument against one of the SEC teams making the NC game; and they sure as hell proved everyone (including myself) wrong. Bama sucks; their coach is an evil lying piece of scum; and their fans enjoy homosexual rape, tree-murder, and bestiality. But they clearly belonged in the NC game. So quit bitching; USC will get their chance as soon as they get out on parole, and as soon as they earn it.



Since: Dec 24, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 10:45 am
 

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

So what is the SEC going to do this season with the return of USC??  Oh right, avoid playing them. And we know if USC loses just one game, the eastern game lords will deem them unworthy of playing for the national title.  And for the SEC.... just keep those N. Texas, Kent St and Vasser on your schedules and the hype will probably send your teams to the BS BCS again this year. Did you know that USC is undefeated against the SEC for over a decade?  That the PAC 10/12 has a winning record against the SEC?  Or that the SEC is one of the few conferences that has NEVER won the Bowl Challenge, which goes to the winningest conference in post season play? Since the Bowl Challenge came about, the SEC has NEVER been the best conference in the post season. But hype?!?! Well, in college football hype is king.  Too bad we have yet to decide a champ on the field. You know, we should do all sports the "Eastern bias way"!  Then last year we would of had the Yanks and Philly in the World Series and New Orleans and Green Bay in the Super bowl this year.  We should rid ourselves of all useless playoff games and let biased opinionated polls decided everything for us 



Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2012 9:25 am
 

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

the best part of the whole thing is I never have to see jefferson take another snap again, Les is a idiot he should have let Lee play.



Since: Jan 26, 2012
Posted on: January 26, 2012 8:48 am
 

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

THANK YOU!!!!! . . . glad I'm not the only one!!



Since: Aug 18, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2012 5:05 am
 

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

So all LSU fans wanted to see when things were going so poorly on offense was for Les to try SOMETHING different to see if maybe JL could spark a fire.  He may have been knocked around just as badly as JJ, but we'll never know since Les didn't even feel like trying, in the biggest game of the season.

I couldn't agree with you more MalibuJC!!

Jarrett Lee got you to 8-0 before Jefferson came back and how did you repay him? By benching him and not letting him play when he should have! When things aren't working, TRY SOMETHING NEW!!
I lost all respect for Les Miles and his coaching staff. Let's see just how insanely stupid this staff was. How much of a chance was Lee given in the later part of the season. The last five games of the season:

Vs. Kentucky: Won 42-9 Jarrett Lee barely played, 2 for 4 for 15 yards
Vs. Mississippi: Won 52-3 Jarrett Lee barely played, 1 for 1 for 17 yards
Vs. Arkansas: Won 41-17 Jarrett Lee didn't play.
Vs. Georgia: Won 42-10 Jarrett Lee didn't play.

Vs. Alabama: Lost 21-0 Jarrett Lee didn't play.

Any coach knows that when the game is in hand, you should play the second string to get them playing time and experience in case your first string goes down. Lee could have and should have been a starter. On any other team he would have been! And to throw this kid to the curb was insane! I WAS an LSU fan based on the talent and explosive offense they ran. Really a fun team to watch! But after seeing the team not play Lee when games were in hand was what turned myself and a lot of other guys against LSU. Not so much against the team but against Les Miles and the staff. If I were a recruit being courted by LSU, I'd really look into how these guys are played. Go somewhere you're going to be wanted and given a chance to play!
Les Miles being the scumbag that he was, was just the first step in losing the title game. I feel for those kids who really thought the Championship was theirs. Hold your heads up kids, you played a great season, it's just too bad the coaches didn't give  you a cnace to win the big game!
Good luck to Jarrett Lee at the next level. Show these LSU scumbag coaches just what kind of talent you have!!



Since: Aug 18, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2012 5:04 am
 

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

So all LSU fans wanted to see when things were going so poorly on offense was for Les to try SOMETHING different to see if maybe JL could spark a fire.  He may have been knocked around just as badly as JJ, but we'll never know since Les didn't even feel like trying, in the biggest game of the season.

I couldn't agree with you more MalibuJC!!

Jarrett Lee got you to 8-0 before Jefferson came back and how did you repay him? By benching him and not letting him play when he should have! When things aren't working, TRY SOMETHING NEW!!
I lost all respect for Les Miles and his coaching staff. Let's see just how insanely stupid this staff was. How much of a chance was Lee given in the later part of the season. The last five games of the season:

Vs. Kentucky: Won 42-9 Jarrett Lee barely played, 2 for 4 for 15 yards
Vs. Mississippi: Won 52-3 Jarrett Lee barely played, 1 for 1 for 17 yards
Vs. Arkansas: Won 41-17 Jarrett Lee didn't play.
Vs. Georgia: Won 42-10 Jarrett Lee didn't play.

Vs. Alabama: Lost 21-0 Jarrett Lee didn't play.

Any coach knows that when the game is in hand, you should play the second string to get them playing time and experience in case your first string goes down. Lee could have and should have been a starter. On any other team he would have been! And to throw this kid to the curb was insane! I WAS an LSU fan based on the talent and explosive offense they ran. Really a fun team to watch! But after seeing the team not play Lee when games were in hand was what turned myself and a lot of other guys against LSU. Not so much against the team but against Les Miles and the staff. If I were a recruit being courted by LSU, I'd really look into how these guys are played. Go somewhere you're going to be wanted and given a chance to play!
Les Miles being the scumbag that he was, was just the first step in losing the title game. I feel for those kids who really thought the Championship was theirs. Hold your heads up kids, you played a great season, it's just too bad the coaches didn't give  you a cnace to win the big game!
Good luck to Jarrett Lee at the next level. Show these LSU scumbag coaches just what kind of talent you have!!



Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2012 4:17 am
 

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

Jefferson should probably learn when to shut up.    That was one of the worse option games I've ever seen executed in my life.     When the guy who is pressuring you makes the tackle on your pitchman for a loss, you are doing it wrong.

Because of that, LSU never got a chance to implement any game plan.    Newsflash, you only had 1 first down the entire first half.    You have to EXECUTE the plays you are given before gameplans can have any effect.   LSU failed to do that.

Was it the fault of the play calling when you basically threw it at the Alabama defender for an interception?  The guys back was obviously to you.     And I seen what you did after the play, blamed it on that guy as if you hadn't just messed up.

LSU came in as if they had already won, and like many teams before them with that kind of attitude got absolutely whooped.    The fact that LSU players are speaking out like this, pretty much highlights the kind of attitude that lead to the result on the field.





Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2012 3:43 am
 

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

Alabama's defensive line had LSU's number all night.  I say this as an SEC fan who is partisan to neither side, but one who has watched football since the 1960's.  Part of any sports strategy is that if your team is able to execute what it wants to do, then the other side will by definition not be able to do what it wants.  It really doesn't matter what LSU's gameplan was, what they may have practiced leading up to the game.  Because Alabama was able to negate the front line of LSU, whatever the LSU backfield wanted to do was going to have limited success.  To look at it a different way, if the LSU defense had been able to limit Alabama's offensive front and control McCarron's ability to complete passes, then it is likely that the LSU defense would have handed the game to LSU's offense.  It is all past history now.  Time to get ready for spring football.




Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 1:41 am
 

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

hs is not the only one. the mad hatter really blew up that game. he is going to have a harder time recruiting this year. he still needs to get a decent quarterback. he might be incapable to get a good qb and then train him. 



Since: Dec 24, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 11:24 pm
 

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

Case in point: JAGMANIA made the statement: I don"t care who was playing QB, what play was called or what team Bama would have played, there was nobody going to beat them boys that night!!! and MalibuJC agreed!  Well, everyone thought the Steelers would beat Denver and the Saints would beat the Niners but, what do you know, both were wrong BECAUSE THER GAME WAS DECIDED ON THE FIELD! Any moron that believes games can be decided by opinion polls and hype, knows nothing about sports. If the BCS ran pro football it would be Green Bay vs New Orleans, the #1 & #2 teams in the polls.  When halfwits buy into this poll system it only perpetuates this ridiculous way of deciding a “champion”, which we have never had in college football.



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