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We really came out flat with the playoffs on line. That’s why I’m concerned.

Posted on 11/28/22 at 5:41 pm
Posted by Phillytiger9
Philadelphia/Baton Rouge
Member since Aug 2022
457 posts
Posted on 11/28/22 at 5:41 pm
Look you can think what you want but A&M is a a talented, young, and competitive roster.

With that being said they are also 4-7 and weren’t playing for anything other than a Pat on the back.

I am very concerned with the fact Kelly didn’t have these boys ready to play.
You really had a win and you’re in scenario waiting in Atlanta.

They didn’t run tempo until down 21… Daniels is who he is at this point. Walker should be starting next year.

I am disgusted with the effort put forth by the team in college station.

HOWEVER, you are 9-3… which is MUCH better than what we would’ve predicted post TN blowout.

I am excited for this game against Georgia and glad we’re playing more football this week.

All can be true: LSU disappointed us Saturday and it was a sour ending to a revived season and we outperformed all expectations and have a very bright future.



Posted by Cs
Member since Aug 2008
10476 posts
Posted on 11/28/22 at 5:46 pm to
Agree.

The loss sucked. But what really made it sting was that this team had everything to play for. A trip to the playoffs was on the line. The team should have come out jacked out their minds to have the opportunity to head to the CFP.

And yet...they came out flat, apathetic, and executed incredibly poorly.

Fans on this board have been rationalizing the loss by resorting back to the preseason expectations, stating that because this team already exceeded those expectations, that the loss is somehow acceptable.

This is a team that crushed Florida in the Swamp, followed it up by blowing out Ole Miss and then beating Alabama. The talent was certainly there to do the same thing against a team that was last place in the SEC.

Instead, we came out looking like we didn't even want to be there. The performance was undoubtedly concerning.
Posted by chinhoyang
Member since Jun 2011
23568 posts
Posted on 11/28/22 at 5:46 pm to
On another thread, a poster made a pretty good analysis of the wear and tear on this team due to a lack of depth. So, while they might have been flat for A and M, they also might have been somewhat worn out.
Posted by Phillytiger9
Philadelphia/Baton Rouge
Member since Aug 2022
457 posts
Posted on 11/28/22 at 5:47 pm to
quote:

On another thread, a poster made a pretty good analysis of the wear and tear on this team due to a lack of depth.


Would agree but A&M has zero depth also. Should’ve won by 10+
Posted by Gings5
HTX
Member since Jul 2016
8007 posts
Posted on 11/28/22 at 5:49 pm to
Finally a rational thread regarding the game. Of course everyone is happy with 9-3 based on preseason expectations, but losing to A&M the way we did with the given the circumstances really is inexcusable.
Posted by Tiger1944
LOUISIANA
Member since Sep 2020
219 posts
Posted on 11/28/22 at 5:49 pm to
quote:

On another thread, a poster made a pretty good analysis of the wear and tear on this team due to a lack of depth. So, while they might have been flat for A and M, they also might have been somewhat worn out.


THIS ^^^^^
Posted by DBG
vermont
Member since May 2004
71967 posts
Posted on 11/28/22 at 5:50 pm to
Not concerned at all
Posted by DrD
Houston
Member since Jan 2010
2612 posts
Posted on 11/28/22 at 5:51 pm to
Let's also put some of the blame on Kelly. IMHO he set the tone at end of 1st half by not attempting to get the ball in FG range. We were at midfield (basically). Even an incompletion only gives Aggies 1 play to get 15+ yards down field. I would have taken a shot - show some aggressiveness and assertiveness instead of conceding a possession.

On top of that going for 2 down 2 scores? WTF. That made no sense whatsoever. I don't even think Daniels was ready to do anything but run. It was totally out of character for this team. They were not prepared for that call - so it seems.

As far as being flat (I agree) but sometimes when your opponent is punching you in your face every possession it can appear to be lack of effort. AtM played a GREAT game and they deserved everything they got. They made the plays and we didn't - simple version esp. at WR.

I think we'll play well on Sat. and compete much better.
This team and coaching staff still has a lot to play for including a NY6 bowl. Would love to match up w either ND or KState. I think we would dominate both if we are prepared and play the way we have been lately. Chill...


Posted by Cooterlane
Shreveport
Member since Sep 2022
1409 posts
Posted on 11/28/22 at 5:53 pm to
Young team, new coaching staff, lots of new situations that a lot of people have never been in. It’s ok. It’ll make 2023 and beyond solid.
Posted by CBK
Baton Rouge
Member since Oct 2022
669 posts
Posted on 11/28/22 at 5:55 pm to
quote:

On another thread, a poster made a pretty good analysis of the wear and tear on this team due to a lack of depth. So, while they might have been flat for A and M, they also might have been somewhat worn out.


We are ahead of schedule in terms of the rebuild, and we are seeing the lack of good depth affect this team when injuries come up. We did very well to get to a top 5 ranking in the CFP, but we are just not ready yet, but will be in due time. What you have seen this season is a team that plays with a ton of heart despite where the program was a year ago. Better times are just ahead, and while the loss at 5&7 sucks, I would NOT wanna be the Aggies returning to Tiger Stadium next November…….
Posted by go ta hell ole miss
Member since Jan 2007
13655 posts
Posted on 11/28/22 at 5:55 pm to
quote:

I am very concerned with the fact Kelly didn’t have these boys ready to play.


The entire fanbase, including you, were looking past A&M and only concerned with playoffs. I am not sure why it is such a surprise that the 18-22 years olds did the same thing after hearing it from us all week. I am certain Kelly preached it to them, but when all you hear about or read about from fans is playoffs it has to go to your head.
Posted by 225Tyga
Member since Oct 2013
15834 posts
Posted on 11/28/22 at 5:57 pm to
There is a difference between coming out flat and coming out tense and feeling pressure. Tigers played like they were afraid to blow their chances.
Posted by crotiger0307
Northshore
Member since Jan 2018
317 posts
Posted on 11/28/22 at 5:59 pm to
The “if I would have told you we’d be 9-3 going to Atlanta before the season” rationale kills me..
Yes, they exceeded many peoples expectations.
But if I would have told you we would beat Auburn and Florida on the road, beat Bama at home for the first time in 12 years and won the West in week 11.. only to lose our playoff chance to a last place in the SEC A&M team, the sentiment on how people should feel about this season would be completely different.
Posted by astonvilla
New Jersey
Member since Dec 2005
3123 posts
Posted on 11/28/22 at 6:01 pm to
The bottom line is once LSU beat Bama, everything else was the cherry on top for Kelly if you heard his interview. his season was success after Bama
Posted by SBC
Member since Oct 2005
6868 posts
Posted on 11/28/22 at 6:03 pm to
I think the pressure got to them which manifested itself in appearing and playing ‘flat’.
Posted by JAB528
The Mexican Ocean
Member since Jun 2012
16870 posts
Posted on 11/28/22 at 6:07 pm to
Jimbaw took our coaching staff to school.
Posted by Bring Da Wood
Texas
Member since Dec 2006
1607 posts
Posted on 11/28/22 at 6:10 pm to
I think we were flat at Arky and that may have been partly because of the flu. Saturday we played tight just like some have said in this thread. I think the coaching was tight too which didn’t help. House played back almost all night trying to keep everything in front. I have no idea why he didn’t bring the safeties up to help w the run. We basically played not to lose and that along with JD playing ultra conservative is what got us beat.
Posted by StevieG504
Metairie
Member since Jun 2013
3513 posts
Posted on 11/28/22 at 6:27 pm to
Kelly said in the beginning of the year that it’s not up to him to have the players mentally ready. The leaders of this team need to have the team mentally ready.
Posted by Tigerfan1274
Member since May 2019
3151 posts
Posted on 11/28/22 at 6:29 pm to
quote:

On another thread, a poster made a pretty good analysis of the wear and tear on this team due to a lack of depth. So, while they might have been flat for A and M, they also might have been somewhat worn out.


We’ll see Saturday. If they are indeed worn out, we’re going to get slaughtered.
Posted by Methuselah
On da Riva
Member since Jan 2005
23350 posts
Posted on 11/28/22 at 7:03 pm to
I agree that it is concerning that the team was flat when there was so much to play for. And, not only the playoffs. Even if that didn't develop, there was a major bowl, a top ten finish, a ten win regular season and all kinds of motivations they should have been drawing on.

I try to remember that for big time athletics like SEC football, the difference between prepared and flat or between motivated and unmotivated is not the same as for other walks of life. Everything moves so fast and the level of talent is such that it does not take much of a comedown to come across as flat. And as someone said upthread, other factors like anxiety and self doubt of a team that was not picked to do as well as they have can play into it.

I'm wondering if the holiday week also had an impact. I remember reading the staff had their families there for Thanksgiving dinner. Sometimes even a small change in routine can throw things off. Or heck, maybe there was too much MSG in the Turkey.
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