The Les Miles Offensive Problem
Les Miles had 9 QBs, 25 WRs, 8 TEs, and 16 RBs who were four/five star recruits (not counting any he inherited from Saban). Since 2009 (basically the first team without any Nick Saban/Jimbo Fisher players), the average ranking of LSU’s total offense is 73rd, passing attempts is 106th, passing yards is 99th, rushing yards is 38th, and 56th in points per game.
From 2005-2008, LSU was 28th, 52nd, 50th, 34th, and 24th. LSU had a better rushing attack that scored more points, threw more passes, gained more yards, and was better balanced. The Les Miles offensive coaching problem isn’t a new problem. This has been a problem ever since the last of Saban/Fisher players have left the program.
Do I trust Joe Alleva to make the right decisions? After Duke lacrosse, his hires so far at LSU, how he handled last fall, and the rapid fire decisions made yesterday (webmaster into a GM, two new GAs, Ensminger to OC, etc.), I don’t trust him at all. But whatever pain happens will be worth preventing Les Miles from becoming LSU’s version of Joe Paterno.