Up-to-the-Minute Purple & Gold News RSS Feed - SportsNOLA.com
LSU Tigers - SportsNOLA.com covers LSU Football, Basketball, Baseball and More in the SEC

Les Miles must become 'hands off' with the underachieving LSU offense

I am just wondering, what's worse?

Being shutout by a great Alabama defense in the BCS championship game, or being held to nine first downs by a Clemson defense ranked 73rd in the FBS?

No matter how you slice it, LSU has to make changes on offense. Head coach Les Miles should start close to home. He should fire himself.

Miles' high level of input into the offense is no secret.

His disenchantment with Gary Crowton led to Crowton's departure after the 2010 season.

Steve Kragthorpe was hired but had to relinquish his coordinator duties after being struck with Parkinson's disease. Offensive line coach Greg Studrawa took over for Kragthorpe, who continued as quarterbacks coach. It simply is not working.

What Miles needs to do is what Will Muschamp did at the University of Florida. Seek help.

Last January, Muschamp hired Brent Pease away from Boise State to run his offense. Pease's former boss, Guy Morriss was effusive in his praise. "He's aggressive. He's always attacking," said Morris to the Orlando Sentinel.

"Certainly with the athletes Florida can attract, I think he's going to really do well there."

An aggressive mentality is something the offense at LSU, a school that also attracts elite athletes, desperately needs.

In the Alabama game this fall with the lead in the fourth quarter, Miles was very conservative on Alabama's end of the field. LSU's last meaningful offensive series in the game ended with a missed field goal attempt.

Alabama then drove for the game-winning touchdown.

In the Clemson game, LSU had 219 yards of offense with 57 of those on one play, a third quarter touchdown run by Jeremy Hill.

I would ask this question of the LSU offensive staff. You had five weeks to prepare for this game, and this is all you could come up with?

If bowl games are all about preparation, the LSU offensive staff has been soundly out-coached in bowl preps the past two seasons.

When Miles had real problems on defense after the 2008 season, he sought former Tennessee defensive coordinator John Chavis. The improvement in the defense was immediate and sustained.

If Miles is serious about winning another national championship at LSU, he will be just as thorough in his evaluation and conclusions about his offense. He will see that quarterback Zach Mettenberger has had more sub-par games than good. He will see that after an early season bout of injuries, his offensive line should be much further along than the one that allowed six sacks in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl.

If Les Miles doesn't take real action to fix his offense, he is telling you what we already might know.

He's stubborn, and he's going to do it his way no matter what.

If that's the case, there will be more games like the loss to Clemson.

I keep hearing how much young talent LSU has, and how next season the Tigers have a chance to play for a national championship.

That's was the rationale a year ago.

Here's the facts: with the current roster, Les should have won more.

 
Video from LSU Athletics