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|It's painful at times watching LSU|
So I'm sitting there watching the Capital One Bowl and thinking, "Where have I seen this before?"
Les Miles and Gary Crowton, show me your wallets!!!
Anyone ordering a DVD with highlights (and lowlights) of the 2009 LSU football season should receive a warning label — may cause anxiety and stress. If there is repeated time management problems, please see a doctor.
Some of the medication may cause hallucinations - the other night I dreamed Crowton was in the third base coaching box. I woke up in a cold sweat.
I think Miles and Crowton keep running that option play with Jordan Jefferson just to keep Rolaid's and Tum's sales up.
And I'm sure they are tired of hearing, "Where was Russell Shepard?"
Because I sure am tired of asking it.
LSU's offensive and defensive lines were not expected to be strong points for the team this season (except by Miles) and they lived up to those expectations.
I only heard Charles Alexander's name when he hit the Penn State center early. And it was like that all year.
Defensive end Rahim Alem has to hold the record for most times an All-SEC player has run himself out of a play.
And the LSU football team has to hold the record for most dropped passes — on both sides of the ball.
And what was that on the final play of the Penn State game. A quick pass to Rueben Randle, who was unable to pitch to Stevan Ridley going down the sideline, so he cut to the middle of the field and just lateraled it. Terrance Tolliver decided he wanted no part of the play, so just started walking off the field while the ball laid there.
Nick Saban would have blown two gaskets on that one.
But the year is over and hopefully the program can get back on track.
Some folks are saying they expected a 9-win season anyway. When that starts becoming acceptable, then you really have a problem.
The talent is certainly there and will be there. Bringing in Billy Gonzales as an assistant coach, along with Frank Wilson will be very beneficial to the program.
At least, Gonzales had the offense looking like it knew what it was doing, instead of standing around getting delay of game penalties or using unnecessary time outs, or lining up wrong to draw a flag.
The offensive line will be better if not because he could not get much worse.
Quarterback Chris Garrett needs to get some playing time next season to prevent him from having to jump in with no experience.
Shepard needs to stay on the field and Randle needs the ball throw his way a lot more.
Defensively, the Tigers are solid in the defensive backfield and need to be more aggressive up front.
This bend but don't break philosophy wears down the defense and keeps the offense from getting into a rhythm.
Keep Crowton in the press box - let him be a color commentator with Jim Hawthorne or do something like pass out statistics.
Spring practice is right around the corner.
Until then, take two aspirin and enjoy watching the baseball team. Just keep Crowton away from the diamond.
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