Les Miles began his weekly press conference by taking full responsibility for LSU’s loss at Ole Miss on Saturday and challenged himself to be a better teacher and to get his team’s attention.
“I did not get it across to them. I made the points, I spoke the words, but I need to teach better. I challenge myself that way,” Miles said. “It’s hard to admit as the coach of a team that’s best and better that they finished second, and I’m doing that today, and I’m going to tell my team the exact same thing, that in fact I’ve got to do a better job.”
Miles: The thing we have to do more than anything is get back to work. We are a team that can & will achieve, and I have to do a better job.
— LSU Football (@LSUfball) October 21, 2013
When you lose in an upset fashion as LSU did there is plenty of blame to go around. Miles could have done a better job and so could offensive coordinator, Cam Cameron who had his first game calling the offense for the Tigers. Miles thought he put Mettenberger in a position where he was forced to do too much.
“If you watch this film, you’re going to see a quarterback who’s trying to win the game with three or four throws that he shouldn’t have thrown, and all we have to do is fit into the scheme, do the things you need to do and check it down or make the play that’s just described, and we’re good.”
The offensive line could have protected Mettenberger and blocked better, the defense could have played better in the first half, better on third downs and with more swagger and confidence, but it’s time to put that in the read-view and look ahead to Furman who Miles said is a “very-capable team.”
To read the entire transcript of Miles’ press conference where he touches on Anthony Jennings potentially playing more, Jeremy Hill’s fumble and long time on the bench, how he motivates, and the top underclassmen on the team you can read it here. You can also listen to the audio of Miles’ presser form this afternoon here.