Da Boot Sports
By: Terrill J. Weil
BATON ROUGE, LA: I have been a fan of Ed Orgeron since he became the head coach of our Tigers. I was convinced that last season was some sick COVID fluke. I said, "Put an asterisk next to the 2020 season and forget about it. Coach O will right the ship and the program will bounce back big."
I sat in the Tiger Stadium press box yesterday evening before kickoff and typed up an article about how this football team is improving more and more each week, picking them to win last night's contest convincingly. Well after this loss I, as well as most of the LSU fan base are fed up. How much more will Scott Woodward put up with?
Since the embarrassing week one loss to UCLA, all we hear during the Monday press conference is, "We need to get better." or "We need to fix some things this week." .... After five games and a 3-2 record it's obvious that Ed Orgeron has no clue how to fix the problems LSU has. If he did, it would have been fixed by now. All season long this talented team has looked poorly coached and we have seen the coaching staff out coached by their opponent in three of the five contest played. Something in this program is very broken and needs to be fixed quickly.
When you get a post game quote like this from your head coach after week five, you know you're program is in trouble... “It’s just every time we try to run the football we get stuffed,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said. “We have to find some new ways to block and we have to find some people that are going to block.”
LSU fans are angry. First they are angry for being the only fan base in the conference who need to deal with COVID restrictions, then the anger builds while watching poor football at the cost of a high priced ticket.
Tiger Stadium hasn't been the same since the 2019 season. Every home game this season has had several empty seats scattered throughout the stadium, with many fans choosing to head for the exits as early as halftime after being frustrated by a poor first half performance. Fans pay hard earned money expecting to see a winning football team. Empty seats are bad for business. It's bad for your recruiting. Kids come to LSU to play in a full, electrifying, deafening Tiger Stadium. To play in top ten matchups. To play for championships. To win!
As I look at the rest of the 2021 schedule, I'm trying to figure out which games left the Tigers may have a chance to win. Other then UL-Monroe, I don't see any. How can you beat anyone in the SEC left on your schedule if you can't run the football?
You won't beat Kentucky, Florida, Ole Miss, Alabama, Arkansas, or Texas A&M being one dimensional. LSU could easily finish this season with a 4-8 record. 4-8!
Can LSU afford to fire Orgeron as well as an entire new staff at season's end, then have enough money to bring a big name successful new head coach in? At this point, they can't afford not too. Lots of questions remain. Do you take the wait and see approach, then pull the trigger at the end of the season? Or do you do it after another loss or two? If so, who on this staff do you promote to interim head coach? Who will be the top candidates on your interview list? Can you catch lightning in a bottle like Alabama did hiring Nick Saban after two disastrous years in the NFL? (Could Urban Meyer be lured back to the SEC after his one year failure with the Jacksonville Jaguars?) Can you save a very talented 2022 recruiting class? Can you keep key current players from entering the NCAA transfer portal?
How much longer will Mr. Woodward wait before he makes a change? Hopefully sooner then later. I've seen enough and I'm ready for Coach O to Geaux....