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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Saints Providing the Respite

BATON ROUGE - Rremember football seasons from 2001-2005 and 2007 when LSU provided the sanity, the order and the success for the masses suffering with the Saints.

The Saints actually had a winning season in 2002 at 9-7 and went 8-8 in 2003 and 2004, but even when they won they were so aggravating to watch. Even when they won, they looked bad and disjoined and poorly coached under the most overpaid NFL coach at the time - Jim Haslett.

After watching LSU on Saturday, you'd turn on the Saints and say to yourself, "Thank God for LSU." Because the Tigers played the game right. Even when they lost, they played the game right. That ended last year when the Tigers went 8-5 while the Saints went 8-8.

Now this year, the Saints are doing everything right as they are probably the best team in the NFL at 5-0. It is truly a pleasure to watch them on Sundays after watching LSU stumble around on Saturdays. Yes, LSU is 5-1 and ranked No. 9 in the nation, but its offense has not played well for a whole game yet. The Tigers are aggravating to watch even when they win. They have been No. 12 in the SEC in offense and around 100 in the nation for most of the season, and they have showed no signs of exiting that ineptitude. And they have tremendous offensive talent.

Much like Haslett, who never could get anything corrected in a season, Miles and Crowton have not been able to right the ship. Last season, LSU had the same problem. The defense never got fixed.

Help may be on the way, though. Auburn is LSU's next opponent Saturday night in Tiger Stadium. Auburn has an awful defense, and LSU has had a week without a game to find out "what the hell's going on out there," with the offense, as Vince Lombardi would say.

This could be the weekend where we don't need to turn to the Saints to right the weekend.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a damp sad commentary on LSU football this year, i.e. when fans have to find solace in the Saints' success.

Crowton, you're killing me. Show us some wizardry. Use the talent. Get rid of the damp things that aren't working, and figure out what will work.

6:55 PM  

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