Jordan Jefferson told WCNN-AM in Altanta yesterday that he, too, was unhappy with the Tigers plan of attack in the big game:
“I think we should’ve spread them out a little bit more, put the ball in different passing areas, use our talent on the receiving side,” Jefferson said. “We had that in as far as play-calling, we just didn’t get to it.
We have great guys in those areas and sometimes we just wonder why we don’t use those guys. But we’re not the one calling the plays. We still have to go out and execute what the coaches and coordinators are calling. We can’t complain as players, but sometimes we do question that…
I definitely didn’t expect for it to play (out) like that. Alabama was a little bit more prepared than us. There was a lot of things that we should’ve did different to catch a rhythm on offense. To win a type of game like that, you’ve got to win all three phases – offense, defense and special teams – and we just didn’t get over that hump to winning those phases. We kind of fell short in that game.”
Tiger fans will love the part about Alabama being a little bit more prepared. I’m sure that won’t be used against Les Miles on pro-Tiger messageboards.
While Jefferson shot down “many rumors that are not true,” he did confirm that LSU practiced one plan and then called another on gameday. The ex-Tiger said that his team had studied Utah’s 2007 Sugar Bowl victory over Bama before this year’s BCS title game, but to no avail.
“We were going to spread out our guys to make sure we’d get them the ball. But once we got in the game, it wasn’t how we practiced.”
The biggest question now? When are players and ex-players going to stop talking about what went wrong that night in New Orleans?