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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 21, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 1:38 pm
 

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

The players who have left LSU are voicing their opinion and there are players still on the roster with the same conclusions.  The Tigers have quite a bit of talent coming back, but isn't is suspicious that this will probably be the first year in the past 8 where they will be out of the top ten in reqruiting?  Bama continues to roll on with the best recruiting class so no excuse can be made for players not going to LSU because they may not get playing time.  Just look at the stats for the BCS: Bama had 21 first downs to 5! for LSU and total offense of 394 yards versus 92.  The offensive coordinator position got jumbled at the beginning of the season when Kragthorpe was diagnosed with Parkinsons and stepped down as oc.  Quarterbacks coach (not a great coaching year) became the oc.  I think LSU needs to find a top flight oc and quarterbacks coach in order to lure skilled offense players.  So, yes, it was very evident the game plan - or lack thereof, was in question.  Bama still had the better team, but come on - 5 first downs and less than 100 yards total offense?



Since: Oct 21, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 1:36 pm
 

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

The players who have left LSU are voicing their opinion and there are players still on the roster with the same conclusions.  The Tigers have quite a bit of talent coming back, but isn't is suspicious that this will probably be the first year in the past 8 where they will be out of the top ten in reqruiting?  Bama continues to roll on with the best recruiting class so no excuse can be made for players not going to LSU because they may not get playing time.  Just look at the stats for the BCS: Bama had 21 first downs to 5! for LSU and total offense of 394 yards versus 92.  The offensive coordinator position got jumbled at the beginning of the season when Kragthorpe was diagnosed with Parkinsons and stepped down as oc.  Quarterbacks coach (not a great coaching year) became the oc.  I think LSU needs to find a top flight oc and quarterbacks coach in order to lure skilled offense players.  So, yes, it was very evident the game plan - or lack thereof, was in question.  Bama still had the better team, but come on - 5 first downs and less than 100 yards total offense?



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2012 9:18 pm
 

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

DrKnowledge - "So what is the SEC going to do this season with the return of USC??  Oh right, avoid playing them. And we know if USC loses just one game, the eastern game lords will deem them unworthy of playing for the national title.  And for the SEC.... just keep those N. Texas, Kent St and Vasser on your schedules and the hype will probably send your teams to the BS BCS again this year. Did you know that USC is undefeated against the SEC for over a decade?  That the PAC 10/12 has a winning record against the SEC?  Or that the SEC is one of the few conferences that has NEVER won the Bowl Challenge, which goes to the winningest conference in post season play?"

This must be one of those spoof post where someone rattles off a bunch of goof ball stuff just to see how stupid they can sound.  Someone PLEASE tell me this ummm... Rookie is it... is not for real.  Please!!  

USC?  Yes.  They have good potential, and deserve a high pre-season ranking.  But don't fool yourself into thinking the SEC strongs, the Big 12 strongs, and maybe even the Big 10 strongs are going to run and hide.  The SEC (Auburn) didn't run and hide from the PAC10/12s darling Oregon last year in the NC. I don't think the SEC ran and hid this past regular season when LSU opened with Oregon. 
 Since LSU as 13-0 going into the NC, I'm thinking they won that game as well.  Two different teams from the SEC beat the PAC 10/12s best program back to back, and we're supposed to suddenly get scared and run off???    

SEC OOC schedule?  N. Texas and Kent St.?  Yeah.  Saban has connections to both, and it doesn't surprise me that he would throw them a bone.  Did you just forget to sqeeze Penn State in between those two, like it was on Alabama's schedule this year.  Did SEC opponents Oregon, Clemson, Ga Tech, Boise St., West Virginia, Penn St., Florida St., and Texas A&M just slip your mind?  Or did those teams just not support your bias.  Dont't worry... I understand how you wouldn't want to muddle an illogical argument with relevant points.

Bowl Challenge Cup???  You're going to try and embarrass the SEC with the Bowl Challenge Cup?  Do you know who has the best Bowl Challenge record?  Mountain West.  Do you know who won it this past season?  CUSA and MAC.  Maybe the MAC is who the SEC should run and hide from.  RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!  Here comes Toledo.  The MAC beats Wyoming, Utah St., Air Force, and Arkansas St. to share the Bowl Challenge Cup Championship, and I'm supposed to be impressed?  This just gets worse by the minute.  Tell you what I'll do?  I'll give you the Bowl Challenge Cup championship and I just take the last 6 NCs and a 60% winning percentage since 2000.  Since 2000, the MWC and Big East have a 63% winning percentage, the SEC 60%, and the Pac10/12 54%.  Everyone else is less than 50%.

I enjoy talking to knowledgeable, objective, reasonable, and insightful fans from all programs.  I'm not even going to DARE say that Alabama, the SEC, and every other program out there doesn't have their own collection of problem children.  But this post was absolutely one of the stupidest ones I have ever replied to.  DrKnowledge (what a joke)... If you want to talk sports with others and enjoy it, get your head out of your ass, talk with some degree of reasonableness and knowledge (for your name's sake), and deal with all the facts.  Not just the half facts that support your bias.  This was ridiculous.    
      
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Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2012 1:41 am
 

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

In a National Championship game if your losing that bad you should leave no stone unturned!!! Lee should of played in the second half for sure. It seemed to me like Les Miles was trying to make a statement and did!! I'm Les Miles and today I was stuck on stupid!! Thats being said LSU and Les Miles did have a great season and a great run!!! That could have been one of the best singles season showings in the last 20 yrs. Cool 



Since: Oct 15, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2012 10:24 pm
 

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

The fact that J Lee had his helmet on almost the entire 2nd half tells me that they were prepared to make a change but never pulled the trigger.Jefferson got significantly worse as the game progressed. He should have been yanked after the first series of the second half but wasn't.That would have meant more work for Miles staff which they obviously were not prepared for. They were thoroughly out-coached and out-classed.



Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: January 26, 2012 9:13 pm
 

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

Sho am bad.



Since: Nov 3, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2012 5:35 pm
 

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

USC? give me a break. They shouldn't be in the top 10. BCS rightfully picked the BEST 2 teams in the nation. They lost to themselves, no one else. All the other schools lost to weaker teams and with that they just didn't deserve to be there. period!! The USC's and Ok States need to play some REAL football teams and then they to can become better as the SEC has done. When has Defense NOT won a Championship? Ask Ok. State fans. 6-7 Iowa State showed up with a defensive game plan and looked what happened. Could you imagine what Bama's defense would have done? The Ok St. backfield would still be running...the opposite direction.



Since: Aug 4, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 2:16 pm
 

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

the best part of the whole thing is I never have to see jefferson take another snap again, Les is a idiot he should have let Lee play.


Personally, I don't think Lee would have made a difference. LSU had a bad game and Alabama had a great game. However, I too wish you guys would have played him for the same reason I wish we could play Oklahoma State.



Since: Jan 26, 2012
Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:31 am
 

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

ARE YOU REALLY THAT STUPID????? The PAC10/12's top teams have no chance against the SECs top teams. In the past.....yes they had some great teams. Today the SEC is the strongest conference in college football. So, Until you get a life and learn something. Just SHUT UP.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:25 am
 

LSU TE Peterson questions BCS play-calling

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?

@FSU-12--Wow, I guess you are a bigger SEC homer than I have ever been accused of being.  I gather you supported an all SEC championship.  Most college football fans did not support a rematch, and every poll taken showed that, by about a 70-30 margin.  Good for you for getting the game you wanted. The coaches and the Harris voters gave us the rematch.  If I had veto power, Bama would have been in the Sugar Bowl, and that would have gotten much better ratings and would have even sold out instead of having so many empty seats.  The NC would have also had much higher ratings.  The only good thing that came out of this game for all nonBama fans was that there now has to be talk of a playoff because the regular season has clearly been diminished, and the powers to be can no longer tell us how the regular season is a playoff and every game counts, because now we have proof that that is a lie.  If you choose to start a campaign authorizing me veto power on all bowl game, I will gladly accept your nomination and support.  Until then, you just keep enjoying all those SEC games. 


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