Posted: 1/17/2012 5:20:58 PM
Originally Posted by archdriver
great points.... seems to me that what got exposed was two things. . .
1. just how good Alabama defense is and how creative Saban
was using McCarron.
2. just how limited LSU offense and how non-creative Les Miles was using jordan jefferson
I realize that your veiw is probably the popular view, but I disagee to a certain extent.
I agree about how good Alabama's defense. I've be talking about that since last January.
As far as McCarron is concerned, Alabama really didn't do much different in this game. They threw a little more than usual on 1st down, but they've been throwing quite a bit on first down all season based on what defenses have shown them.
They added a little more motion for this game particularly with their TEs, but they pretty much ran the same plays. There were a few new wrinkles like having Smelley running a wheel route out the backfield which didn't work.
The only other difference I noticed was that McCarron pushed the ball downfield a little more. Of course that is something Alabama should have been doing all season, but weren't. I complained bitterly about this all season. It's not as if they don't have the QB to get that done. McElwain essentially reduced a NFL caliber gunslingling QB into Captian Checkdown.
LSU tried to do what led them to a 13 & 0 recorrd to that point, which really about all they could do Jordan Jefferson is what he is. He's a one-dimensional QB that is not capable of beating good defenses with his arm.
Look at the Georgia game. JJ set the forward passing game back 35 years. In short, how creative can you be with a one-dimensional QB??? The answer is not very.
People want to beat Miles up for this loss, but I think he was in a no-win situtation. He couldn't win this game with either of the QBs he had at his disposal. Could he have done some things better? Probably. What it have made any difference in the outcome? Highly unlikely IMO.