Poor offensive line play has been a big reason for LSU’s scoring struggles during its two-game losing skid. The Tigers have had little luck gaining any sort of leverage in the trenches, and many believe the unit is in a slump.
Coach Les Miles said he did not think his offensive line was in a rut after two poor weeks.
“I hope not,” Miles said. “I haven’t seen offensive lines that were as good as this one go into slumps.”
The offensive line hasn’t been the only group struggling, however. The entire team is in the midst of its roughest patch of the season, and it showed in a 31-14 loss to Arkansas last weekend. The Tigers got into a 21-0 hole and never could fight out of it. Miles said he was surprised his team had started out so horribly.
“So I did not expect to start poorly,” Miles said. “In fact, we got a turnover on about the 15, I said, this (is) about the time we take it in and score. We didn’t.”
Unfortunately, the Tigers did nothing with that opening turnover. LSU’s offense went three-and-out and was forced to punt. Five plays later, Brandon Allen hit Dominique Reed for a 52-yard touchdown pass that was the first of several long touchdown plays the Tigers defense would surrender.
Miles put the blame on himself following Saturday night’s loss. He said Monday that his inability to make the right adjustments resulted in LSU’s slow start.
“I tried to review that, and I wanted to send them on to the field better,” Miles said. “I just — there had to be some piece there, a string I’m not yanking on.”
Miles emphasized that he will need to work extremely hard to get his team moving in the right direction.
“We know what (to) work on,” Miles said. “It’s a time where as a coach, you just bury your head and you go to work and you coach like there’s no tomorrow and it’s time to step up.”