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The future is very bright but unfortunately the defense won’t be very good next year

Posted on 1/24/24 at 2:09 pm
Posted by whichyalnoaboutseven
Metairie
Member since Dec 2009
2021 posts
Posted on 1/24/24 at 2:09 pm
I think offense will continue to hum, but the lack of movement in the portal on defense has me thinking it will be more of the same next year. Will it be good enough for the playoffs? We will see.
Posted by GeauxHouston
Houston,TX
Member since Nov 2013
4358 posts
Posted on 1/24/24 at 2:10 pm to
I would wait until at least summer to make this statement. Have a feeling a couple solid DT’s will be in the cards as grad transfers.
This post was edited on 1/24/24 at 2:11 pm
Posted by lsusteve1
Member since Dec 2004
41810 posts
Posted on 1/24/24 at 2:12 pm to
Just be average, for now
Posted by Mo Jeaux
Member since Aug 2008
58480 posts
Posted on 1/24/24 at 2:12 pm to
I'd take "mediocre" over what we had last year.
Posted by HeartAttackTiger
Member since Sep 2009
411 posts
Posted on 1/24/24 at 2:13 pm to
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Just be average, for now



This. Average would be a drastic improvement.
Posted by WeeWee
Member since Aug 2012
40040 posts
Posted on 1/24/24 at 2:13 pm to
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The future is very bright but unfortunately the defense won’t be very good next year


If we are in the top 75 on defense and our offense plays like it did in the bowl then we will be in contention. It will still be infuriating to watch but we will be contending at least.
Posted by TigerLifer18
Member since May 2023
1850 posts
Posted on 1/24/24 at 2:13 pm to
There is no way you can make such an extreme statement right now.

The entire defensive coaching staff has been revamped. Is it too crazy to say a lot of the defensive players will get better and take a big step up? Improvement happens all the time in football.

Also rumors of a big time defensive lineman joining ship at some point.
This post was edited on 1/24/24 at 2:43 pm
Posted by Willietd
Member since Apr 2017
1748 posts
Posted on 1/24/24 at 2:16 pm to
Who let Eeyore in the room?
Posted by Topwater Trout
Red Stick
Member since Oct 2010
67589 posts
Posted on 1/24/24 at 2:16 pm to
coaching and scheme matter. I watch lots of cfb teams with far less defensive talent play good sound defense during the season.
Posted by tigerfoot
Alexandria
Member since Sep 2006
56164 posts
Posted on 1/24/24 at 2:19 pm to
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lack of movement in the portal on defense has me thinking it will be more of the same next yea
So you did not want House let go?
Posted by Sir Fury
Member since Jan 2015
4557 posts
Posted on 1/24/24 at 2:19 pm to
I think Kelly is banking on a combination of 1) these new hires coaching up the guys we already have, amd 2) an influx of talented freshmen.

I think this defense will show decent improvement next year. They won't be elite, but they will be improved.
Posted by tigerfoot
Alexandria
Member since Sep 2006
56164 posts
Posted on 1/24/24 at 2:22 pm to
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I think Kelly is banking on a combination of 1) these new hires coaching up the guys we already have, amd 2) an influx of talented freshmen.

I think this defense will show decent improvement next year. They won't be elite, but they will be improved.


You will see a measured, thought out plan to reduce the roster numbers and bring in 1-2 impact defenders for the Spring. IF we have learned anything it is that Kelly doesnt do anything in a hurry nor does he make the same mistakes twice.
Posted by LSURulzSEC
Lake Charles via Oakdale
Member since Aug 2004
77280 posts
Posted on 1/24/24 at 2:23 pm to
So brave…
Posted by Swampcat
Member since Dec 2003
10250 posts
Posted on 1/24/24 at 2:27 pm to
It will be 100% better than last year
Posted by emanresu
Member since Dec 2009
9352 posts
Posted on 1/24/24 at 2:27 pm to
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solid DT’s

I'm of the opinion that if you are old enough to grad transfer and choose to do that rather than enter yourself into the NFL draft, you're probably not all that great of a player (as of the time you transfer). "Solid" may be accurate, but solid doesn't mean very good. And OP said the defense won't be "very good". Getting a couple of solid DTs will not make us very good.
This post was edited on 1/24/24 at 2:28 pm
Posted by TheRouxGuru
Member since Nov 2019
8075 posts
Posted on 1/24/24 at 2:28 pm to
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I would wait until at least summer to make this statement.


Even still, it’s way too premature to say for sure


Hell, defenses can change midway through a season. People get too caught up in preseason hype (or lack thereof)
Posted by Tblock
Oklahoma
Member since Jun 2021
869 posts
Posted on 1/24/24 at 2:29 pm to
Can we be any worse? My gosh, we weren't in the top 100 in any category. We'll be better for sure. Now if you're talking LSU of old, that's a different story.
Posted by WaterLink
Baton Rouge
Member since Sep 2015
17161 posts
Posted on 1/24/24 at 2:39 pm to
They're not going to suddenly go from what they were last year to the 85 Bears in one offseason. But I think you'll still see a lot of improvement. One, because there's no way they can be worse than last year, nowhere to go but up. And two I think the new staff will cater to the strengths and weaknesses of who they have instead of stubbornly trying to run a complicated system that didn't fit the personnel, which I think will put them in better position to have success. Especially going from having no DL coach and having to bring in Jenkins midseason to having 2 of the best DL coaches in the country will make a world of difference.
Posted by NewportTiger
Newport Beach, CA
Member since Dec 2019
300 posts
Posted on 1/24/24 at 2:39 pm to
Did Missouri have a bunch of 4 and 5 star players on their defense the past few years? Wisconsin seems to have good defenses year in and year out with far lower caliber players than LSU. Probably wishful thinking, but maybe Baker can take our current players and mold them into a coherent, cohesive defense. 2024 might be too soon, but maybe not.
Posted by Gavin Elster
Member since Mar 2020
2506 posts
Posted on 1/24/24 at 2:41 pm to
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defense won’t be very good next year

Compared to this year’s team the defense is going to look like the ‘85 Bears due to actual coaching and a sane scheme.
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