LSU Hopes to Put it All Together

Then things crashed in 2008, relatively speaking. The offense was mostly fine, though the Tigers could have done without all of Jarrett Lee’s pick-sixes. It was the defense that failed them, giving up more than 30 points five times through the confusion of youth and co-coordinators. Detractors would say it’s because the team ran out of Nick Saban recruits, but the reality is that Miles had been pulling in plenty of top-rated talent. It simply was the down year that comes for every coach as a result of transitional problems. Some have theirs in their third year; some (like Miles) have it in their fourth.

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