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LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

Posted on: January 25, 2012 1:12 pm
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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: Dec 24, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 10:43 pm
 

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

Wow...NOW the SEC fans start to talk "logic".  Logic?!??!  A team that came in second in thier DIVISION, didn't even qualify for theiur conference championship game, play the waelest non-conference schedule imaginable (N. Texas, Kent State...) is "logically" placed in the championship game?? Laughable, truly laughable. LSU got totally ripped off that they were called upon to beast this undeserving team again.  2012....the saddest season in college history.


talllonggirl
Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: January 25, 2012 10:37 pm
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Since: Nov 6, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 10:18 pm
 

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

Bingo!
Peterson and Clement did not throw one decent block all night to help out.
They seemed to be afrain of getting crushed by the BAMA linebackers.
Meanwhile BAMA tight ends were doing everything.
The HAT will bounce back



Since: Jan 8, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 10:17 pm
 

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

Bama got embarassed really bad on that field a few years back by a Utah team that dominated them in every aspect of the game. Since then, Bama has turned things around. LSU will do the same. We SEC homers have to be humbled now and then, and there's nothing wrong with that. LSU will be fine...the talent pool is too deep. I do believe that LSU would have been fine if they were playing anyone else (they proved it all year), because that run game would have worked. As bad of a game plan as they had, they still would have competed by simply handing the ball off against defenses that struggle against the run. They will be back.




Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 9:25 pm
 

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

Les Miles reminded me of Rich Rod against Pitt.back in 2007.Give Les some salt for THAT APPLE HE CHOKED ON.BAMA ONE THE GAME AND NC.BUT I KNOW OF AT LEAST 4 TEAMS THAT WOULD OF BEAT THEM.OK STATE,BOISE ST,STANFORD,WEST VIRGINIA WOULD OF PUSHED THEM TOO.ONLY ONE TEAM IN THE SEC CAN SCORE,ARK.SEC FANS WONDER WHY QB'S DON'T COME TO SEC SCHOOLS.HELL YOU DON'T PASS. ALL YOU DO IS HAND OFF.IF LSU PLAYED BAMA 10 TIMES THEY WOULD BEAT THEM 9.NICE CHOKE JOB LES.




Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 9:24 pm
 

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

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!!!
I pretty much agree with this sentiment, but all LSU fans wanted was for Les to at least go down with all guns blazing if LSU was gonna go down.  Jarret Lee 8-0 and was the highest rated QB in the SEC with 13 TDs and 2 INTs prior to his bad game against Bama on Nov 5th.  He isn't as nimble as Jordan Jefferson, but the kid can throw the ball down field.  There's not a team in FBS football that had a more accomplished backup QB than JL.  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.



Since: Dec 5, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 9:22 pm
 

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

Please dont compare Alabama Football to the Kardashians ...Its an insult to Alabama football and football everywhere! I think we can all agree on that.



Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 8:27 pm
 

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

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!!! Say what you want but that defense put on a show and the offense actually should have put up more points than it did.


Deep down every college football fan knows that Bama looked like a #1 ranked champion that night. Should they have been there in the first place...NOPE but the BCS did what it was designed to do, have the best two teams play for the championship.

Don't blame the school, blame the horrible system.  People start to dislike you when you're on top. Ask the Kardashians and the Patriots. LOL


philsfan1
Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 8:20 pm
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Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 8:20 pm
 

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

Please explain to me how this logic makes any sense? First off Bama did not play in a conference championship either. So if I take your logic, both Bama and Ok St should not have been in the MC game.

Both Bama and Ok St both had a right to play in the NC game. The system choose Bama, I don't agree with it, but it is what it is.
I think the point he was making, is that when UF jumped Michagin they played in a CCG to give them an extra little boost past UM whereas this year OSU being behind didn't have an extra CCG to give them an additional boost.  Again, it was the polls that kept OSU from the Championship. In the UM/UF year, just as this past year the team that lost later in the season was left out of the NCG even though they were both as deserving as the invited team.



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