Fire Les Miles

Fourteen penalties; 133 yards. Four turnovers. That was last week against Vandy.

Eleven penalties; 84 yards. Five turnovers. That was this week against Florida.

Yet Leslie insists he”s working on fixing his bad coaching.

“We”ll get this thing fixed,” Miles said, seething. “I look forward to it. It”ll be a lot of fun coaching this week, and we”ll work hard at it.”

That was Leslie”s quote in The Advocate (the Baton Rouge daily, not the national gay newspaper) this morning.

After the Vandy game last week, Leslie said of the penalties and turnovers “Certainly there”s going to be a lot to coach”.

The scary question that has to be asked: Has Leslie not started the coaching yet, or is this just the best he can do?

You have to think Leslie knows the team”s complete lack of discipline is a bad thing. And you have to figure he”s trying to fix it. He”s just a bad coach.

Leslie is playing with house money – the amazing LSU talent built up over the past four years – but he”s started the slow process of pissing it all away.

Thank God Urban Meyer”s offense works so poorly in the SEC. Bo Pellini had an easy job this week – watch the Florida/Alabama film and do what Bama did.

It”s telling, by the way, that Jimbo Fisher all of a sudden is accepting the blame for the team”s problems. As he told The Advocate:

“That”s why I take blame, because it”s coaching, and it”s fundamentals, and that”s what we”ve got to correct, and that”s my fault. I take the blame for that.”

I”d like to take this opportunity to point out that last year – when Jimbo Fisher was offensive coordinator and Nick Saban was head coach – LSU averaged 6 penalties for 45 yards per game. This year – when Jimbo Fisher is offensive coordinator and Leslie is head coach – LSU is averaging 10.6 penalties and 87 yards per game. LSU committed 10 penalties in one game last year – when Jimbo Fisher was offensive coordinator and Nick Saban was head coach. LSU has committed 11 or more penalties in four of its five games this year – when Jimbo Fisher is offensive coordinator and Leslie is head coach.

But it”s clear that Leslie is setting Jimbo up to be the Mike Brown of this story. If LSU falls to Auburn and Alabama in the coming weeks, Leslie will have a guy to blame (the guy who”s already on record taking it).

As Leslie said after the game: “On offense we cannot sustain the mistakes that we made”. He”s right. He”s the mistake.

I hope, of course, LSU gets its act together and beats the Alabama boys then coasts to the SEC title game. But watching games this year is like watching the fool at the blackjack table who”s pissing away his inheritance.

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