Week 12 probably wasn’t a lot of fun for coach Les Miles. His Tigers have dropped two consecutive games, and there were some rumors swirling about his job security throughout a hectic week. Despite a stern tone, Miles provided plenty of interesting quotes throughout the week.
Here are the best ones from Week 12:
Slump? What slump?
LSU tailback Leonard Fournette went from Heisman Trophy favorite to out of the race in a matter of two weeks. Fournette’s decline may be exaggerated, but he hasn’t been himself during LSU’s last two games, both losses. Fournette has tallied a combined 122 yards and two touchdowns on 38 carries during that span.
Someone suggested Fournette was mired in a rut, but Miles discredited that theory quickly and said Fournette is “not in a slump,” according to The Advocate’s Marcus Rodrigue.
“He got everything he earned,” Miles said during his radio show according to Rodrigue. “We have to get Leonard loose more.”
The word of the week was “slump,” for those keeping score at home. Miles was asked about his offensive line’s struggles over the past two weeks. LSU’s play in the trenches has been a big reason for Fournette’s stagnation.
Once again, Miles denied any sign of slumping. In fact, he said he hadn’t seen a group this talented struggle like it has.
“I hope not,” Miles said about a possible downtrend. “I’ve not seen offensive lines that were as good as this one go into slumps. But I think certainly in this season, this has been a flat spot.”
Sure, blame the field
Miles was asked about whether he felt his team was ahead of schedule given the abundance of youth on the roster. He proceeded to talk about his freshmen offensive guards, Will Clapp and Maea Teuhema, who have played significantly this season.
Then, he went on a tangent about how a slick turf hurt the Tigers in pass protection.
“But I think a good, solid week and an understanding, you know, turf was a little slick a little bit, and, you know, you end up when you get momentum going back and the defender gets on you, you have to learn how to find your back leg on slippery turf,” Miles said Monday. “I don’t think that that will be there this Saturday.”
The slippery field didn’t seem to hurt Arkansas’ offensive line last week. The Razorbacks surrendered just two sacks to LSU’s five sacks allowed.
Miles’ family loves him
With all of these swirling rumors, it’s nice to rely on family to pick you up. Miles was asked if he had gotten any support from the Tigers faithful. Miles said the only support he’d received was from his family.
“No,” Miles said flatly. “I have heard from the Miles family routinely, the eldest son and daughter, and the youngest son and daughter. So that’s been the — because they know what we go through, and there’s — it’s fun, to be honest with you, to be supported by your family during a tough time.”
It’s great that Miles’ family supports him, but that answer may be indicative of how the fan base feels about its head coach.
Give your mom a hug tomorrow, Tigers fans.