You guys know I normally don’t make anything out of verbal commitments, because there’s a long time ’til signing day and Laremy Tunsil happens, but in Justin Fields’ case, I’ll make an exception, because Sam Pittman.
Daily Archives: October 6, 2017
I breathlessly await Booch’s next presser.
Les Miles has a podcast now. Judging by this, I may need to give it a listen.
Evidently there’s nothing in his buyout provisions preventing him from throwing a little shade in LSU’s direction.
It seems like there’s a turn on every day now.
I generally like Steven Godfrey’s work, but this strikes me as a little too superficial.
Or, maybe, 2017 LSU is a version of another program that replaced another tenured, consistent head coach who was often great but unable to surpass Alabama: Georgia and Kirby Smart.
Um… nah. He even rebuts his proposition with a quote in the same piece from an unnamed SEC assistant coach.
“The difference is, Orgeron has had more time than Smart, with the interim year, and the big thing is that expectations were way out of line. O sold LSU on immediate consistency, not a rebuild. That’s where a lot of the anger is coming from. He’s got really good coaches. He’s going to recruit really well. His biggest mistake is hiding how much work their (sic) was. But maybe he thought he wouldn’t get hired for a rebuild.”
Smart’s flaws last season were the result of a first-time head coach going through a phase of on the job training. Orgeron, by contrast, is on his third head coaching gig, his second in the SEC. Beyond that, he’s a promoted interim head coach, which means the usual arguments about getting acclimated to the personnel and culture change issues don’t apply as they did at Georgia last season. The learning curve at LSU should already be kicking in; that it isn’t is a pretty good indicator that the Tigers got what most expected they had with Orgeron.
Whatever that is, it ain’t Kirby Smart.
The more I ponder tomorrow’s game, the more I keep coming back to one thing: this is a horrendous match up for the Commodores. Don’t take my word for that, either. Per VandySports.com publisher Chris Lee,
“I think it’s a very poor matchup for Vanderbilt.
“Vanderbilt hasn’t run the ball on anyone. I think VU’s best chance is to throw the ball, but Georgia is giving up 3.3 yards a throw in SEC play. Plus, although Vandy has pass-blocked well, Georgia has an outstanding front seven, and that could really spell trouble if the Bulldogs can get to Shurmur, who isn’t mobile.
“On offense, Georgia is going to try to run the ball at Vanderbilt. That’s something that’s given the Commodores fits lately…”
Stop the run on defense and make the opposing offense one-dimensional with a non-running quarterback. Run the ball on offense and take the pressure off your true freshman quarterback. Gee, where have I seen that work before?
If Vanderbilt manages to keep the game closer than Tennessee did, it’ll be because the ‘Dores don’t turn up on the short end of a minus-3 in turnover margin.
Boy, that didn’t take long.
If Tucker’s defense continues to play the way it has through the rest of the season, the logical next step would be for a potential head coaching opportunity to emerge.
“Mel’s a great leader. He commands great respect,” Smart said. “Players really follow Mel’s lead. He does a tremendous job of game-planning, X-and-O-ing, calling the game. But more important than that, he’s a very loyal soldier that helps guys out. If guys are struggling or their confidence is struggling, he’s able to go to pep them up. They follow his lead.
“So yeah, he’d do a tremendous job. He’s been an interim coach before, and I know he’d do a tremendous job given the opportunity.”
I wonder if anyone will say, “but everyone knows it’s Kirby Smart’s defense”.