But since LSU has had proven defenses in the past, and has proven they can coach and develop defensive players, my only option is to assume the talent is not there.
Maybe. Or maybe the game is just passing our defensive coaches by. The SEC isn't really a power football conference anymore. Bama does that, but we've got air raid, spread option, and a whole host of different looks out there now. We don't appear to be adapting to those changes.
We basically need to have first round NFL caliber talent all over our defense to be good, otherwise we give up huge amounts of yards. And even then it's not enough sometimes. People talk about how much talent we lost to the draft last year, but no one mentions how badly our defense got torched at the end of the season. We gave up More than 350 yards in all of our last 4 games, and more than 400 in 3 of those. And those weren't even particularly good teams, outside of Clemson.
With all of that talent on defense that we have supposedly missed so much this year, why were we still so bad?
We'll see if Chavis can get it done next year, but the game is changing and I'm not sure that our coaching staff is keeping up.