If LSU beats who they are supposed to beat, 10 wins is within sight every year. I give Miles credit for putting LSU in that position, but winning 10 games for a team of LSU's talent isn't awesome. It's about where they should be.
This rings true to me. Early in Miles tenure, his gambles and wackiness worked and he was able to effectively continue to build on what was started when Saban was here. The last few years have been uninspired with the exception of the 2011, which was an overwhelming success to begin, but began feeling ominous to me towards the end of the season as our offensive philosophy and performance began to change, which resulted in a huge let down in the national championship game where we were embarrassed as opposed to being the toast of college football, wherein it could have gone either way before the start of the game.
Some support Miles decisions to go more conservative that year, but others have major issues with personnel and game-planning decisions that were made. The coaching this year was mostly uninspired and despite injuries, LSU had arguably an average year at best. The state of the program now appears to me to be coasting. It's not getting better and it's not getting worse. With solid recruiting, conservative game planning and an excellent defense, LSU should remain well within the top-half of the SEC. My issue is that with the excellent recruiting and defensive coaching, winning 8-10 games isn't enough and those wtf moments that appear to happen in all close games recently suggest that Miles is in over his head on the offensive side of the ball. I hope that Miles is adaptable enough to address these issues if they are in fact issues, which I believe to be the case. Maybe it's just personnel, injuries, and lack of execution on the players side that cost us an excellent season this year, but I believe that this relates more to numerous coaching mistakes.