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Tiger fans,

First and foremost, I apologize sincerely for the lack of frequency in my posts. Finals week is a killer, but the eye of the storm has past and I should be able to rock ‘n’ roll from here on out.

Since the last time we met, a lot of things have happened, so I will give a rundown and give my thoughts/opinion on how thinks have shaped up.

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As you all know, LSU is headed to the Chick-fil-A Bowl to take on a very worthy Georgia Tech team.

The Yellow Jackets finished the season No. 14 in the BCS and 9-3 on the season, including a 5-3 record in the ACC.

The Jackets are a very unique team.

Why?

Because of their triple-option offensive attack.

The triple-option has, for the most part, become extinct in major conference college football in recent years, but with the hiring of former Navy coach Paul Johnson, the Jackets have taken their attack to the ACC and it’s yielded positive results.

But the challenge to that offense and what LSU will need to do to contain it are the following:

1. one-dimensional – There isn’t a ton of run/pass deception inside of the offense. 85-90% of the time the Jackets will run the ball. But the deception is in that, like in a pass play, you don’t know who will get the ball or where they’ll get it.

2. discipline, assignment football – With the option, the job of the offense is to deceive the defense for just a split second. If they do that, they should be able to, at the very minimum, gain 4-5 yards per play. But the job for the defense is assignment football. Each linebacker has to be assigned a man. On that particular play, that backer has to stick with his assignment and if the time comes, make a play. This brand of football also dictates that the front-four generates a push to disrupt the timing of the play.

How do I see this playing out for LSU?

Frankly, it will be a challenge.

LSU is not the nation’s most disciplined defense in the world. Add that to the fact that they might have one coordinator, two coordinators or even no coordinator coaching them for this game, and it can be a recipe for a pretty long evening.

LSU has the talent to disrupt the offense. It’s just a matter of being disciplined and focused enough to do it.

Given the current distractions on the defensive side of the ball, I am not so sure it will be a great night to be a player on the LSU defense.

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The majority of the distractions I am talking about revolve around the status of the defensive coordinators.

It was widely rumored that former Clemson DC Vic Koenning would take the job at LSU, but he recently took a post at his alma-mater, K-State.

But what complicates the issue the most is that LSU coach Les Miles has not even said for certain if the position is open or not, and apparently the two current coordinators Doug Mallory and Bradley Dale Peveto are recruiting right now — something I would not expect lame-ducks to be doing.

But I can confirm from my highest sources that Miles has been testing the waters to see who is or isn’t available.

Does Miles do this every offseason? I don’t know.

Is he doing this with the intent on making a change? Or is he just trying to get a sense for who’s out there?

Again, I don’t know.

But what I do know is that at the bare minimum, if LSU keeps the 2 guys they have now, they have to make some changes to the communication system.

LSU’s scheme was really, in my opinion, not a major problem last year. I thought that when the correct plays were called, LSU executed and played very sharply on defense.

The problem lied in that Mallory and Peveto had problems communicating the scheme to the players and as a result, the players were often lost on the field and were at the wrong spots, etc…, which caused them to blow coverages and give up big plays.

I get asked this a lot, so if I had to give an educated guess, I will say that Miles will indeed make the change and bring in a true DC and will shift the current DC’s back to their old jobs.

But the longer this drags out, the more it seems there is a chance these two guys will remain in their current posts — a decision that I can say would be wildly unpopular in the LSU community.

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Beginning tomorrow, I will give a short-list of who I’d want for the DC post and give more specifics of GT’s roster.

Have a good one!

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