As far as recent coaching brain farts for Saban, look at the Aggie game. Best GD offensive line in decades and Grade A running backs. 4 minutes left in the game. 1 and goal on the Aggies' six yard line. Run. PASS? PASS? PASS? Really? Is that all you can muster with the line of the Decade (Century?) offensive line?
Well, that doesn't really matter now that they still have the opportunity to go to the NCG. That game has been rendered meaningless. LSU is out of the picture for even a BCS bowl at this point.
My overall issue with Miles, and I think I echo some of the same sentiments of a lot of tiger fans, is that if Miles was a more competent game manager and developed players better on the offensive side, then LSU may have garnered a handful more wins during his tenure. Those wins could potentially have netted another championship.
I am speaking specifically of 06, which I, along with many believe was the most talented LSU team. I remember reading an article from a national source that said had anyone else been coaching the Tigers during games LSU would have another championship. The overall feeling was that team was above all others from a talent standpoint.
Miles is a great recruiter. He also is really good at preparing his team for big games when given the time. He always manages to get his players to play really hard for him and he is passionate about LSU football. He is only a so-so game manager and is prone to wacky decisions at times. He also seems to struggle in offensive player development, especially at the QB and skill positions. There is no excuse for the veritable black hole at QB for 4 years. Jefferson seemed to regress as a passer.
Also, as another poster pointed out yesterday, last year was an anomaly of sorts. LSU handily beat a lot of its opponents and for the most part seemed disciplined. Miles' previous teams always left a bit to be desired in the discipline category i.e. penalties. A few of his early teams were almost dead last in the country in penalties and they typically reside in the bottom 25% other times. The perception is that Saban was more exacting and ran a tighter ship. The contrast was noticeable to some.