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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: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 2:42 pm

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

Worst possible coaching job in the history of the BCS champiomship game. Looked like Miles BET against his own team or got some kind of payoff!!!! What a crappy game plan. I can see why some recruits are changing there commitments to LSU!!!

Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 2:42 pm

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

BuckJim got it right.

LSU -  the L stands for Lucky!

Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 2:39 pm

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling


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;    Alabama

  • Florida State

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  • Notre Dame

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  • California

  • Texas A&M

  • Miami (FL)

  • South Carolina

  • Auburn

Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 2:35 pm

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

SEC West Champion LSU
I'll give up the SEC West for the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP anyday!

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 2:31 pm

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

And just what did people expect?
It was Lucky State U. Huh?
I loved it!!!

What a clown you are buckjim.  You live in New Orleans, are an Ohio State fan, and you were pulling for Bama.  How confused you must be.  Well, at least we beat the crap out of your team when it mattered.  I would always rather lose to an SEC team than Ohio State.  Not that I enjoy losing to either as both have fanbases that I don't care for, but folks like you take the cake.  Lucky State, that is so funny.  Right up there with LSwho.  Try that one next time and tell us all how clever you are.  Did you tell all your buddies in New Orleans how you were for Ohio State against LSU in the NC game a few years ago.  How did that work out for you.  I would certainly rather be lucky than 6-7.  Isn't that where your team finished this past season.  How funny. 

Since: Apr 9, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 2:30 pm

measured comments - bravo!

While too many college athletes just like to run their mouths, I find that Peterson expressed his opinion in a reasonable, mature way. He didn't call anyone names or cuss or act crazy, he just simply voiced his opinion that the play calling wasn't that great.

This is one GOOD thing to come out of college football this year (er, decade.)

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 2:29 pm

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

Hey TW200. What's with that crack about the WAC bro? At least in the WAC, teams use some imagination on their offense and not make it past midfield for 3 quarters. They may have no defense, but you don't see them run the same miserable option play that hasn't worked all day over and over.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 2:24 pm

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

This is not about bama's defense, they were great, but LSU knew that before the game.  This article is about what LSU should have done, or at least tried to do to win the game.  It was a terrible performance by the LSU coaching staff.  That is not a slight to Bama, so quit being so defensive.  Your team won, now try to show just a bit of class.  Miles blew any opportunity LSU could have had to win the game.  Not saying we would have won, but we should have at least tried.  Miles did not.  He let his stubborness get the best of him, and he blew it.  Not saying I want him fired or anything, because I really like him as our coach, but he did a poor job with the NC game. 

Since: May 21, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 2:14 pm

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

i'm sorry ... but did i hear somebody say .... waaaaaaaaah
..get over it !
lsu was never a better team than alabama ...period
..alabama beat alabama the first time...lsu couldn't score then either...
that means that in eight quarters (plus a little OT) lsu couldn't put the ball in the end zone
..and if it hadn't been for some ill advised field goal attempts that cost them field position throughout the entire first game, lsu might have been shutout twice... maybe ...just maybe're not giving alabama's defense the credit they deserved

Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 2:11 pm

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

No question about it, I havn't seen a tiger take a ass whipping like that since thanksgiving a couple years ago since his wife took a 9 iron to him!!! ROLL TIDE!!!

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