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THECEO
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The 4 Questions for 2017
1) Offensive issues - The last 5 years are hard to shed, and most pundits just will not believe that the LSU system and QB combo can excel.

2) Coach O is unproven - The win over Louisville is great, as are the interim performance at USC and at LSU last year. However, folks will still include the Ole Miss HC tenure negatively even though others will view that as his mulligan, and that he is now a much different coach and person.

3) Defensive NFL departures - This is less of a question, but each year LSU re-loads after losing that quantity of studs leaves a question in some peoples minds.

4) Offensive Line injuries/departures - We are thin, and have had lots of defections. Crossing fingers on Clapp and Weathersby now, but any early season injuries will get us close to crisis.

Now, lets assess each question with the last 2 seasons as a reference for comparison;

1) The Offense is highly likely to be more productive than the either of the last 2 seasons. NET = Improvement

2) Coach O may have a lot to prove, but his CEO formula and upgrades of coaches, are highly likely to yield better than either of the last 2 years. yes, he is part of the compare with 2016, but he has had a full off-season and much of last year to learn and install his empowerment formula with Aranda and Canada. Net = Improvement

3) Defense - Aranda will be in year 2, but we lost a lot of LB and DB talent and leadership. However, the D Line is likely to be more talented and more deep. Then there are Delpit, Kary Vincent and other studs coming in. NET = Same

4) Offensive Line - Hmmm. Deculus is extremely talented, but will we lean on him too much as a true freshman. Clapp and Weathersby must return. Injury susceptibility is a big concern. Also of concern is a new style and possibly more need for mobile Oline movement. Does this increase chance of exhaustion and injury, or is that a wash? Also to be considered is that the Oline has not been world savers in the last 2 years, so is the injury concern worth fretting over this much?
NET = slight decrease

SUMMARY: The 4 listed areas are the issues which have folks hesitant to put LSU in the top contender category, with Bama, Auburn in the West,for the SEC championships and as a true NC contender. Yet, the Offense/QB and HC will be upgraded (given/assuming my assessment, FWIW), with the Arandas D on par with last years as the year matures, and the Oline being the one area of most concern.

I am not counting the schedule, because despite the UF trip being unexpected, it actually works out not really differently in terms of the "gauntlet effect".

If the above is valid (or close), it will all hinge on the Oline health/depth/performance.

Say your novenas for the Oline, and Geaux Tigers!

This post was edited on 8/11 at 11:18 pm



Capo
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re: The 4 Questions for 2017
Agreed


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TigerAxeOK
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re: The 4 Questions for 2017
Solid post. +1


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Lou the Jew from LSU
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re: The 4 Questions for 2017
I think Canada can take some pressure off the o line with his play calling, i.e., misdirection, screens, bubbles, shorter routes. It's an issue, but perhaps less than if we were still trying to bull straight ahead as in past years


dchunk
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re: The 4 Questions for 2017
Lou, spot on. As an old OLineman, mixing the play calling up helps a great deal. No more 8 man fronts where an OLineman has to sustain a block for 5 seconds. This will be a quick hitting scheme that will take pressure off our patched up line.


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rmnldr
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re: The 4 Questions for 2017
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Lou the Jew from LSU


What a name


And I think you're right. Less contact with DL and more bulldozings of LBs should mean less injuries/opportunity for injury.
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semjase
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re: The 4 Questions for 2017
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4) Offensive Line injuries/departures - We are thin, and have had lots of defections. Crossing fingers on Clapp and Weathersby now, but any early season injuries will get us close to crisis.
That's the fault of both the former HC and current OL coach for recruiting OL's with such ridiculously low standards in terms of both quality and quantity!

Occam's Razor!


WAR TIGER
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re: The 4 Questions for 2017
There ain't one damn question in your post!!!

That being said. It is feasible that we go 8-4, 10-2 or even 11-1!!! Hard to call until we see Canada offense in motion.


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Palm Beach Tiger
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re: The 4 Questions for 2017
I agree with everything you are saying. Would like to add that diversifying the offense should lighten the load for the offensive line though. I mean teams like bama have teed off on our line in past years due to not thinking they were taking any risk in doing so. Having an offense that will take advantage of teams being over aggressive will hopefully have to at least slow that down.


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tschla1
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re: The 4 Questions for 2017
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That's the fault of both the former HC and current OL coach for recruiting OL's with such ridiculously low standards...


I agree, the No. 1 Offensive Line in the nation is a ridiculously LOW standard!!

LINK


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madddoggydawg
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re: The 4 Questions for 2017
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Occam's Razor!


What!?


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geauxtigahs87
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re: The 4 Questions for 2017
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Defense - Aranda will be in year 2, but we lost a lot of LB and DB talent and leadership. However, the D Line is likely to be more talented and more deep. Then there are Delpit, Kary Vincent and other studs coming in. NET = Same

You don't lose Adams, White, Thomas, Beckwith, and Riley and not experience any dropoff.

I love the guys we have coming in and am excited about the future, but c'mon.


TheHat7
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re: The 4 Questions for 2017
We got some young studs on oline. We will be fine if tony and Malone can stay healthy


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Madking
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re: The 4 Questions for 2017
What about question marks at the WR position or extra pass catchers in general? After Chark there's nobody proven to be reliable at WR or tight end. I know we have some talent but nobody proven at either position. That has to be a major question mark for us going into the season.
This post was edited on 8/12 at 7:38 pm


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SammyTiger
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re: The 4 Questions for 2017
Yeah our line may not be amazing, but they are lightyears better than Pitt's last year.

Those guys were hot trash.

It is going to be nice to see an offense Scheme around strength and weaknesses instead of pounding square pegs into round holes.


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THECEO
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re: The 4 Questions for 2017
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You don't lose Adams, White, Thomas, Beckwith, and Riley and not experience any dropoff.


Dline will be stronger and deeper. LBers are a concern, but DB's, despite loss of stud33, looking more than able. Aranda is second vs first year of installation. These overall factors are why I assessed a NET = same.


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Clark W Griswold
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re: The 4 Questions for 2017
One question. Can anyone play QB well?


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