I'm going to jump into this fray with my two cents because I'm not solidly in the "We're a perfect program, everything is fine" camp, and I'm not solidly in the "Miles is a complete buffoon in all aspects" camp either. Hopefully you can respond without getting too defensive.
2009 LSU was #4 going into an October 10th matchup with #1 Florida.
...and completely shite the bed on offense because of the same old, same old. Stubbornness, lack of ingenuity and putrid QB play. We scored three points.
2010 LSU was #6 going into an October 23rd matchup with #5 Auburn
...and even though Cam Newton was phenomenal, we still had an opportunity to win that game. On our last drive, the QB and receiver weren't even on the same page and a J. Lee pass fluttered out of bounds untouched on 4th down. Game over.
2011 LSU ended the regular season # 1 before losing in the National Title game.
...see response #1. Zero points. At some point in the game, when it seems impossible to even get a measly first down, you have to try something, ANYTHING different to bring life. Personnel, playcalling, I don't care. But we stuck with same old, same old...
this year we were in contention until a last second loss in November.
...and were in complete control in the second half. Only needed one first down to seal the deal. We call a fullback dive on 3rd down when the short passing game had them off balance all night. Not even a halfback dive or off tackle. A fullback dive on the biggest playcall of the year.
Losing to a higher ranked team late in the season, in games that could have gone either way.
Several of those games were not in the balance because it was painfully clear our offense was not going to generate any points. But we kept trying the same thing over and over and over.
Look, I think our program is an elite one. If that's your only argument, fine. I capitulate.
But if you don't think there's room for VAST improvement on the field due to offensive ineptitude, and that the program could actually strive for another level, then I vehemently disagree. Actually contending for championships year in and year out will require a complete revamping of this whole offensive system, and Les Miles just refuses to admit that there's anything wrong in the first place.
be where Alabama is today, going for 3 out of 4. That's the most infuriating part to me. Why some on here think Miles and the offensive decisions are above criticism is the eighth wonder of the world.
This post was edited on 1/3 at 4:57 pm