Originally Posted by Ninja Mouse
Mett is definitely better than Jefferson, and it would be much more obvious if LSU's offensive line wasn't some kind of punchline to a bad joke.
The offense as a whole though is just awful and has regressed. The play calling is so bad that some friends and me successfully called 14 of LSU's offensive plays in a row. If people who are drunk can see the formation and personnel and know what play LSU is going to run out of it, I am pretty sure the head coaches and defensive coordinators for other teams making big $$$ can also see and predict it. The main issue was that last year and for the first 4 games this year, LSU was so much better than everyone else (save Bama) that they could run a 5 play offense and crush teams. This year LSU's offensive line isn't nearly as strong, the WR's regressed horrifically, and in general the offense has been all sorts of out of sync. LSU must get more creative with the play calling otherwise it's gonna be a really really rough season.
They just don't have the same swag. They don't play with the same attitude. Mathieu's loss didn't just hurt their schemes; he brought a certain attitude that the team adopted. They just don't play the same as they did last year.
Attrition has really hurt LSU, too. Losing four top players and the OL having to play reserves sucks. Their personnel isn't as good as it was last year.
Originally Posted by the other one
**** that, dude. According to Nick Saban, his recruiting strategy is all about selling Alabama and its tradition. When you have the brand and level of success that Alabama has, it's just different to play for them.
I remember when DeMeco Ryans once said that when he first got to Bama, he didn't like the uniforms because he thought they were too simple, but towards the end of his career he loved them because he knew how many great players wore that same uniform.
If you're wearing crimson, you're wearing the uniform of the best team in the SEC. Tradition is what Alabama is all about.