Defense was THE problem. Lee was the only reason LSU had any chance against all teams except Tulane.
While I agree that the D was the biggest problem with the 2008 team, Crowton's inability to figure out how to stop calling plays that Lee wasn't comfortable with led to the pick sixes more than anything.
And I've always defended Lee, but you're forgetting about the Alabama game. The D played a phenomenal game, and Lee 100% lost that game.
Threw 4 picks, including a pick six when we were up 14-7, and of course the nail in the coffin by throwing a pick in OT, falling away from pressure which killed him his entire career against Alabama.
There were only 2 pick sixes he threw that were because we were in a shootout, the one against Florida and the second against UGA. The others came when LSU was very much in the game or leading.
That pick against Alabama in OT, to me, sort of set the tone for every season we've played since then, always dreading when the next mistake might come, and convinced our QB play couldn't win games for us against good defenses.
That is, until this year when Mett finally shredded Saban's D. An LSU QB hadn't done that since Flynn in 07, and even though we lost the game, I feel like we are finally out of the shadow that has been over our QB situation since that evening.
We had been playing O holding our breath for four and a half years, and we finally exhaled on 11/3. We spent the next few games fully catching our breath after a grind of a season, not to mention the previous 4, but I have never been more confident going forward.
This 2013 LSU football team is going to be very fun to watch.
This post was edited on 12/11 at 8:18 am