Part of the reason Les Miles is such an excellent head coach for LSU is his shall we say unconventional in-game strategy and unique personality that shows up when he’s in front of a microphone. That unique personality popped up after the Tigers defeated the Florida Gators 17-6 at Tiger Stadium when responding to a reporter’s question.
Here is the complete transcript of Miles’ sounding off on the hammer vs. nail relationship via NOLA.com:
“I’ve got a question for you: It was a 14-6 game. We played our ass off, and how anybody could pick the hammer and the nail, when if fact, that hamnmer, or that nail, or whatever the hell you got picked, we catch a ball down there, we’re fixing to take the lead and we turn it over. I mean explain to me how Kevin Minter who sets, damn near, the career tackle record in that game, how anybody could ever say ‘hammer and nail.’
I can tell you right now, here’s what happens: two very quality teams take the field and compete like a son-of-a-bitch for victory. And you know what? It’s not a hammer and a nail relationship. It’s an opportunity for an opponent to be equal, and to raise the level of play in such a fashion that they win.
And that’s how this thing works. That, in fact, you respect the opponent, and he’s not the hammer and he’s not the frickin’ nail. OK, he’s the opponent. Understand? I’m just letting you know I resent that. I resent the fact that suddenly we were nailed. You got it? I mean, honest to petes.
(Expletive) we were a pretty good team last year. I thought we played like a son-of-a-bitch in the stadium. I’m just letting you know, I felt differently than the nail, so you know.”
He’s the best.