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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: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: January 25, 2012 4:06 pm
 

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

There should definitely be some jobs lost from that offensive performance.  That was some of the worst play calling I have seen in a Championship game.  Peterson is questioning the play calling now, he was out spoken during the season?  Why did he not speak up during the game then?  Your a senior what's the worse that could happen.



Since: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 3:53 pm
 

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

If anyone is a clown here it is you.  You actually have the audacity to say that a team that beat you down and embarrassed your team had "no business being there"?  Doesn't sound like you're living with the loss, ace.  Any reasonable person who saw the first game saw that Alabama thoroughly outplayed the Bayou Bengals the entire game; they just had some breakdowns (some admittedly caused by LSU's fine defense) and were greatly aided by a phantom interception call.  You had to know y'all were lucky to eke out a win in Tuscaloosa -- that's why you didn't want the rematch.  Go back and watch the NC game.  It wasn't even close.  Alabama's defense was in the backfield before your RBs got the ball.  Your O line was a sieve and first year started McCarron picked your secondary apart.  Did you notice how they went right after Honey Weasel?  Did you notice that the one time he fielded a kick he was crushed (by Kirkpatrick no less -- you know, the one he took that Bush league cheap shot on in the first game)?   LSU thought they could run the option like they did the first game and win; Alabama's defense was too fast and too dominant.

As long as we're talking quality losses here -- whose loss do you think is better?  Alabama's by 3 in OT to LSU?  Or LSU's by 21 in the NC game where they cross the fifty yard line once?   Not really close, is it?

Say that Alabama had no business being there again.  That's a riot.  You know, something that a clown would say.   21 - ZEREAUX   Laissez les bons TIDE rouler.



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 3:47 pm
 

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

Oh shucks!  Sounds like the fix was in.  Wouldn't surprise me at all if LSU coaching personell were involved in some fixing.  I mean, the BCS is already fixed as it is and in reality, Vegas runs the show considering how stupid the system for determining a 'champion' is...so why would it ever surprise anyone that the corruptness would get down to the coaching ranks?  Would not suprise me one bit.



Since: Apr 17, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 3:40 pm
 

Too much money and too many questions...

We both have the same amount of evidence to suggest it was or wasn't "thrown."  (zero)

Based on what we do see, without question, this was as illegitimate a game as there is.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 3:37 pm
 

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

No business being there??..They absolutely beat up LSU..OWNED THEM.. I think they belonged there. You and all the other sore loser LSU fans just didnt want to see them there because you knew they would beat the Tigers in the rematch, knew that the first meeting was a fluke. Alabama was the best team in college football this year. One of the most dominant defenses I have ever seen. Plus Heisman candidate Trent Richardson. Get over it.

Plus, who 'deserved' to be there then moron??.. Oklahoma State, who lost to a garbage team??..Instead of Alabama, who lost by 3 to the almighty LSU Tigers?..Which loss is worse..You tell me. Idiot. All you 'Bama haters gotta get a life. The best team in the nation is champs. No doubt.
So may of you bama fans are true clowns.  I find it quite funny how defensive so many of you are.  All you can do is tell us how you had the better loss.  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.  Same situation, but different result.  Why, because the media wanted Bama in so they changed the rules.  LSU beat Bama at Bama, but that win meant nothing when for years and years the powers to be in college football told us every game counted and was a playoff.  Do I acknowledge bama as the better team, absolutely, but that game was already played and they told us it would mean something.  They lied.  This could turn out for the best because now, the best argument they had against a playoff is gone forever.  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 know guilt is a tough thing to deal with, but you will recover. 



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 3:32 pm
 

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

"i think jefferson tried to get it to his receivers, he just......well....couldnt."
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That is correct. The receivers were well covered on all but a very few plays. On most of those plays Jefferson was running for his life. The truth is that the Bama defense took the LSU gameplan away from them. Then they took the substitute plays away from them. There were focused on the ball like few defensive performances I've ever witnessed. Where ever LSU took the ball, Bama guys were there, sometimes first. LOL I've watched the game recording a few times now. LSU did try to pass downfield. They tried to power run. The tried finesse plays out wide. And whatever they tried, Bama covered up. The linebackers ruled the field that night. The DBs covered the receivers, the defensive line occupied LSU's offensieve line, and the linebackers just made play after play after play. If you like defense, it was a thing of beauty.

LSU didn't just stop playing for that game, they were grossly outplayed for that game.      

  



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 3:28 pm
 

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

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.
Peterson's comments make the LSU coaching effort in the BCS NCG look even worse than it did at first blush.  While attempting to run a jacked around option against Bama's defense seemed like a very limited offensive game plan at first, at least you could argue that it worked to some extent in the first game.  But now we're hearing that there was a completely different game plan that involved pass-first looks to speed guys, that they worked on this game plan the whole time preparing for the NCG, and then abandoned it at the last moment to run that anemic offensive scheme that got them crished?!  And then NEVER implemented ANY of the original offensive scheme they worked on once they got behind by more trhan two TDs?!  This adds a whole new level of stupidity to the effort put forth by the LSU coaching staff in the NCG.  One of the biggest coaching chokes in the history of college football, given what was at stake.



Since: Jan 12, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 3:18 pm
 

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

 Bama was the team that was lucky, as they had no business in the NC game in the first place.  But, college football is politics, and that is the part of the game that I do not enjoy

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No business being there??..They absolutely beat up LSU..OWNED THEM.. I think they belonged there. You and all the other sore loser LSU fans just didnt want to see them there because you knew they would beat the Tigers in the rematch, knew that the first meeting was a fluke. Alabama was the best team in college football this year. One of the most dominant defenses I have ever seen. Plus Heisman candidate Trent Richardson. Get over it.

Plus, who 'deserved' to be there then moron??.. Oklahoma State, who lost to a garbage team??..Instead of Alabama, who lost by 3 to the almighty LSU Tigers?..Which loss is worse..You tell me. Idiot. All you 'Bama haters gotta get a life. The best team in the nation is champs. No doubt.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 3:07 pm
 

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

BuckJim got it right.

LSU -  the L stands for Lucky!
Poor Mike, all he has is Bama football and nothing else.  LSU must really be in his head because all he does is make mention the NC game score.  He also seems quite preoccupied with our recruiting.  LSU has played Saban and Bama five other times, and LSU won three of those.  I guess we were lucky then also.  LSU beats Ohio State by multiple TD's in the NC game, but I guess we were lucky then also.  Bama was the team that was lucky, as they had no business in the NC game in the first place.  But, college football is politics, and that is the part of the game that I do not enjoy.  But, I can live with it, and the idiots that have never set foot on a campus telling me how their team is so much better than mine.  Whatever.  There is always next year, and that is a part of the sport that I love. 



Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 2:44 pm
 

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

I problem in the NCG was clearly Quarterback Jordan Jefferson. He was more lost than Elmer Fudd chasing Bugs. He didn't read the defenses correctly and then froze at the switch unable to make a decision. Arkansas did the same thing to him in 2010 game. They brought Jerico Nelson off the corner the first three defensive snaps. After that, Jefferson was toast. Les Miles likes "athleticism" over all other traits. Jarrett Lee does nothing but win while Jefferson is injured and then gets benched as soon as Jefferson returns because Lee is not as "athletic" as Jefferson. LSU will be much better off next year with Zack Mettzenburger (I may have spelled his name wrong) at QB for two reasons. One, there will be no decension over who starts and who backs up. Two, Zack combines athleticism with clear decision making. That is if Les and his staff don't mess with him to much. Les is the second coming of the Houston Nutt school of quarterbacking where the QB takes the snap, hands off, and blocks on reverses. The only real pattern LSPU has is "go long." 


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