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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: Jun 19, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 2:08 pm

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

i think jefferson tried to get it to his receivers, he just......well....couldnt.

Since: Dec 29, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2012 2:07 pm

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

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

Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 2:06 pm

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

I watched all of that pathetic title game, shame of me. And as much as I could appreciate Alabama's defensive effort I can not help but wonder what was Miles thinking? His offense looked like something out of the WAC and everytime they came off the field he looked lackadaisical as if like he didn't care, no sense of we-gotta-get-this-offense-going and NOW. And as much as I agree that Lee wouldn't have been the fix I still think Miles should have put him in for a series of two if for no other reason than to get Jefferson's head out of his ass.

Since: Aug 9, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2012 2:00 pm

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

Finally, some public comment from seniors about that debacle.  In what was arguably the most important game in the history of LSU football, a game in which a win could have put the Tigers among the best teams of all time, Les Miles orchestrated an embarrassment for all LSU fans.  There is no other way to state it.  Maybe to worst coaching performance in a national championship game in history.  It was just nauseating.  Not to take anything away from the hustle and overall play of the Alabama defense.  I expected Saban to have them coached up.  That ridiculous offense just never challenged them at all.

Since: Sep 9, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 1:54 pm

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

Saban and his staff totally out-coached Miles and his staff.  Bama took LSU completely out of their game, and now the players are reporting it.  But, if you watched the game, anyone could see it!  I don't think Lee was necessarily the answer, but it might have been worth a try as nothing worked.  Great Alabama defense, but horrible LSU game plan...the perfect scenario for what played out!

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