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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: Dec 1, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 8:08 pm
 

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

Les Miles was a complete idiot for not putting Lee in for some of the offensive series. If Bama has your QB figured out then try something else. It was crazy.



Since: Nov 19, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:54 pm
 

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

Oklahoma st this year ... no conference championship ... no chance to put themselves over with another great showing against a mediocre conference foe. (Yeah blame beebee for running off too many teams so you didnt have a champonship this year .... it would have gotten you in. And yes K state and Baylor were both mediocre ... even Arkansas could have taken care of Ok St. , ... they sure as hell didnt give up 45 points to K state and almost lose, lol)

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.



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:50 pm
 

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

The Hat is an easy figure to scapegoat.  The problem is that when he wins, they call him a genius.  Then, one of the same decisions backfires down the road, and they all want him fired.  Be careful what you ask for, LSU fans.  If yall were such winners, they wouldn't call it "Lose-ee-anna."



Since: Feb 14, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:25 pm
 

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

But he forgot to mention that the LSU offensive line, of which he is a member,didn't block worth a %^&$ all night.  QB had no time to throw the ball.





Since: Nov 6, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:21 pm
 

Sounds like some Internal Turmoil at LSU

This is not good... When player begin to question the play calling it is a sign of distrust of the head coach and other coaches.  The internal turmoil is possibly deeply rooted with many disgruntled players.  Most are staying silent. This is not good just before recruit signing day next week.  If they hear about this it may change teir minds and go elsewhere.  We do not need this right now or nay time.




Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:19 pm
 

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

I think we should all listen very closely as to what this young man has to say.  After all, just looking at his picture we can all tell he is an incredibly intelligent man with an above average IQ!!  Cool



Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:15 pm
 

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

I was shocked when they (Les Miles) simply continued calling the same plays.  LSU didn't throw the ball down field all night.  I saw guys open all over the place and any JV quarterback could've got those athletes the ball.  Jordan Jefferson just can't read a defense.

Regardless, LSU was much better on offense than they showed.  The play calling was bordering on ridiculous.  I don't blame Peterson one bit...he was open everytime he ran that skinny post.

I guess Les was content with having already beaten Alabama AT HOME!?  Strange game...



Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 6:50 pm
 

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

We should not have had a rematch for the NC game, and that is why it was the lowest rated in years.  I said before the LSU-Bama game that there should not be a rematch, no matter the circumstances.  I, obviously, was overruled.  I can live with the loss.  It is funny that so many Bama fans cannot live with the win.
I guess LSU does rule college football. At least LSUSMC thinks so. He or so he thinks decides who should play for the NC.

Can I ask you a couple questions. How did you get over ruled? Who over ruled you? and last didn't you have any veto power?




Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2012 6:38 pm
 

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

Shouldn't you be killing trees or teabagging other dudes you fagot?
Been a rough month for you huh ...first LSU then the Saints.



Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2012 6:35 pm
 

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

That was never a factor until this year, when the politics of college football took over and they had to figure out a way to get Bama in, so the media and Bama fans started talking about who had the better loss.  That never came up before, as in 2006 when UF, who lost to an average Ole Miss team got in over UM, who had only a 3 point loss to the #1 ranked team in the country.
  Actually a lot of people bring that up ...but it isnt the same situation at all ...actually quite far from it. Michigan lost at the end of the season for one. Alabama lost a tad earlier than that, allowing for any team the voters thought deserved a shot to lose ... and lose they did. But was that the only reason Bama got in and Michigan did not? No, no it isn't. The biggest factor came down to a conference championship .... Florida had one back then and it vaulted them just past Michigan to avoid the Ohio St vs Michigan rematch. Oklahoma st this year ... no conference championship ... no chance to put themselves over with another great showing against a mediocre conference foe. (Yeah blame beebee for running off too many teams so you didnt have a champonship this year .... it would have gotten you in. And yes K state and Baylor were both mediocre ... even Arkansas could have taken care of Ok St. , ... they sure as hell didnt give up 45 points to K state and almost lose, lol)

 Unless you want to make up your own rules as you go along ... they got it right. It might not have been the matchup YOU wanted, hell it wasnt the matchup a lot wanted ... but it matched up the 2 best in the nation and there is no doubt who was number 1. Maybe one day we can just argue about what 16 seed team didnt deserve to be in the playoff though, it would be a tad more fair. However, under the current system, it did what it does every year, put the top 2 teams in it, whether you or me agree to what the top 2 teams really are. Chances of this ever happening again? Probably slim and none, everything that had to go right to allow them any chance of getting in even under BCS rules was a very very long shot.


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