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The strength of LSU's 2008 football team was supposedly its offensive and defensive lines.
Those units were expected to be so good that they would make up for inexperience at quarterback, linebacker and in the defensive backfield.
LSU lost its fourth game of the year Saturday, falling to a very good Ole Miss 31-13. That's after giving up 31 points to Troy, 52 to Georgia and 51 to Florida.
The Walls of Fortress have some serious leaks.
The quarterback position has been well documented and Jarrett Lee continues to struggle.
Of course, play calling and a few dropped passes have not helped his cause.
LSU came out after allowing Ole Miss to go the distance on its first drive and Lee threw an incomplete pass that should have been intercepted.
Then Charles Scott rushed for one yard and then rushed for no yards.
It seems like I've seen that happen on the first drive the past five games.
On LSU's third possession starting at its own 40, Lee threw downfield to Demetrius Byrd who was covered and the pass was broken up. Brandon LaFell was running five yards past his man in the middle of the field at the time, but Lee did not see him.
Lee was injured in the second quarter and rue freshman Jordan Jefferson came and played very well.
This is the same guy Les Miles said was not ready to play.
Lee and Jefferson both seem to play real well when LSU runs a hurry-up offense. Maybe Tiger coaches should stick with that game plan throughout the game.
As for the defense, against Ole Miss on Saturday linemen still seemed to be adjusting their stances and looking around as if clueless as the Rebels were calling signals.
Linebackers and defensive backs were pointing this way and that and no one seemed to be sure of what they were supposed to be doing.
And the hard hitting LSU's defense has been known for in the past has not been there.
The hardest hit by a Tiger Saturday came when Ron Brooks leveled Marshay Green on a punt return.
On one play, an Ole Miss receiver was fighting for extra yardage after a catch as Curtis Taylor was trying to bring him down when Harry Coleman came running over and actually whiffed and ran right past him.
The 1958 national championship team was honored at halftime of the game and I believe some of those guys could have done a better job of tackling than what I saw from the 2008 bunch.
Oh yeah, Daryl Daye was on the field with his father, Donnie Daye during those festivities.
Daryl played at LSU and is currently defensive coordinator at Southwest Missouri State. Daryl has always been known as an excellent special teams coach which makes me wonder if there was some way Daryl could stay on the field as a special teams coach because that unit has been struggling the last several years.
Believe it or not, Saturday's game was the first televised by CBS at Tiger Stadium since 1963. The last three games in Tiger Stadium before Saturday were decided by a total of seven points.
The LSU-Ole Miss game is now being called the Magnolia Bowl as the trophy was unveiled Saturday. Like this game needed some kind of incentive.
Sounds like somebody needed some extra money somewhere.
How about someone at LSU taking some of that money and visiting Defensive Coordinators Are Us?
And maybe check out a couple of other assistant coaching aisles.
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