The LSU Tigers finished the regular season with a 9-3 record which is sub par due to LSU’s recent success. The Tigers played well considering the amount of talent they lost to the NFL, but at LSU anything short of a trip to a BCS bowl game is considered a disappointment. LSU was able to dominant the Auburn Tigers, a team that will play Florida State in the National Championship. However, LSU fell to a 7-5 Ole Miss team that they should have handled easily. Coaching is such a big part of a team’s success so it is important to look at Les Miles and the rest of the coaching staff.
Miles has consistently led LSU to quality seasons. With a victory against Iowa in the Outback Bowl, the Tigers can capture their fourth consecutive ten win season. However, Les Miles’ teams typically have a game or two per year where they slip up against weak competition.
Last year, LSU barely beat a horrendous Auburn team, in 2010 it took Tennessee having 13 men on the field to win at home, in 2009 Ole Miss beat LSU due to poor time management, in a game that shouldn’t have even been close. Even when LSU won the National Championship in 2007, they lost two games in triple overtime to inferior opponents.
LSU’s slip up this season was against Ole Miss. LSU had just won a tough fought game against Florida and Miles didn’t properly prepare his team for a game that they should have won easily. I think Miles overlooked the Rebels and it proved costly. LSU has extremely high standards and by these standards it was a very average year for Coach Miles.
Les Miles regular season grade: C
John Chavis is one of the best defensive coordinators in the entire country. Year in and out, he continues to build impenetrable LSU defenses. In just four seasons with LSU, Chavis has coached 7 First-Team All-Americans, 19 players taken in the NFL draft, and 5 first round draft picks. However this year was a step back for Chavis. LSU had 8 defenders selected in the draft, leaving an inexperienced squad for Chavis to work with.
The inexperience was evident as the Tigers’ defense declined statistically. For the past three season LSU has been in the top 12 nationally in both yards allowed and scoring defense. This year LSU fell to 20th in yards allowed and 30th in scoring defense. Chavis is an incredible coach so while it was a down season defensively, look for the defense to be on the rise next year.
John Chavis regular season grade: C-
Cam Cameron has been absolutely incredible for LSU this season. In recent years, LSU has won despite their offense. This season they won several games because of their offense. Cameron’s influence was evident in the maturation of Zach Mettenberger. Mettenberger looked like a new quarterback this season in Cameron’s offense.
Last year LSU was ranked a dismal 75th in yards per game. This year under Cameron, the team jumped 49 places up to 26th nationally. Cameron will be faced with a challenge next season, as many of the key components of this year’s offense are projected to declare for the draft.
Cam Cameron regular season grade: A+