Links: Miles Game Day videos, Crowton comments, Oregon info

After all the offseason drama, just about everyone who follows LSU football can use a laugh.

Here’s something that’s at least sure to make you smile: A link to the commerical LSU coach Les Miles did for ESPN “College Game Day” earlier this summer. Here’s another link to a longer video segment of Miles instructing ESPN’s Erin Andrews on the finer points of grass chewing.

Just in case you’re wondering, Miles did the commercial long before August practice and the accompanying troubles began. He taped it on the University of Southern California campus in Los Angeles.

Here’s something that might make you frown: former LSU and new Maryland offensive coordinator Gary Crowton tells the Baltimore Sun that it wasn’t his offense at LSU.

Stewart Mandel of writes that to beat LSU, Oregon will have to win a matchup it lost against Auburn in the BCS championship game: its offensive line vs. LSU’s defensive front.

Miles’ response: he’s right. It was, and is, the LSU offense.

Ken Goe of The Oregonian, the daily newspaper in Portland, Ore., sounds a refrain that will be familiar to LSU fans: weary of all the offseason issues at Oregon, he’s ready for some football.



  1. Jarrett Lee led our Tigers to a big win over Oregon. Any real fan loves Lee’s commitment to the LSU program and his positive approach to his college experience. Despite the 40 points LSU dropped on the Ducks, after the game, LSU won’t find it so easy to drop so many points against SEC defenses if we see a repeat of the volume of dropped passes that plagued the LSU offense against the Ducks. At first glance it may seem that LSU’s young receivers failed to separate from the Oregon DBs or that they just didn’t hang on to the ball. Although both of said factors certainly contributed to Lee’s uninspiring stats (10 of 22 for 98 yards and 1 TD), upon deeper analysis one should notice a consistent delivery flaw (footwork/mechanics) in Lee’s throws. Lee fails to step into his throws. Lee often passes while falling away from his target (falls from his front foot to his back foot) or standing up merely flicks the ball with his wrist and arm.

    Skip Bertman will tell you that any pitcher who fails to drive toward home plate loses velocity on his pitches and should expect to get shelled by good hitters. A certain level of velocity is a prerequisite for success for any pitcher in baseball (forget about knuckleballers) and for any quarterback in the SEC and in the NFL. Arm strength does not overcome poor footwork or mechanics in the NFL or the SEC. Peyton Manning and Tom Brady will tell you the truth of that statement without hesitation. Lee’s mechanical breakdowns diminish his velocity making his passes consistently reach the receivers late causing a host of problems:
    1 – balls underthrown or thrown behind the receiver
    2 – DBs have time to react to close the separation with the receiver, break up the reception, or intercept the pass
    3 – receivers must adjust to the ball which reduces their ability to run after the catch and exposes them to harder hits from the defense

    The LSU Offensive Line capably run-blocked and pass-protected well against Oregon. To confirm my observations, I watched the game twice. They looked solid and pressure from the Ducks defense did not force Jarrett Lee’s falling backward throws. So what is wrong? We know Lee has a strong arm and talent. The more critical question for the LSU offense is: “What will the LSU staff and Jarrett Lee do to correct this flaw before the Tigers play Mississippi State… and ultimately the rest of the SEC (including Bama), who have stronger defenses than Oregon?”

    “The grass in Tiger Stadium tastes best”…. Les Miles

    Best of luck to Jarrett Lee, LSU Coaching Staff and the entire LSU football organization.
    From a fan and an LSU alumnus (class of 1989)… Geaux Tigers!