Twitter Mailbag is a blog series running each Tuesday or Wednesday answering readers’ questions about the LSU football and baseball teams. Readers submit their questions through Twitter each Tuesday, and the best are posted here with answers. Follow us on Twitter at @DellengerAdv to submit a question.
@DellengerAdv With Moore out, do we see Mouton take majority of the snaps at FB or will Ducre split time and see significant action?
— KS (@KThaKid) November 10, 2015
Doubt we see Ducre much. He didn’t play in the game against Alabama after playing one play, burning his redshirt, against Western Kentucky.
It’s all Mouton, it seems. Since Moore’s injury, LSU has often aligned in the shotgun or one-back, choosing not to use a fullback. We might see more of that.
@DellengerAdv Bama appears specifically built to stop the run of LSU. Does running into Bama's line every year make us CFB's Wile E. Coyote?
— Fred From Plano (@FredFromPlano) November 10, 2015
Bama is definitely built to stop the run. That’s how all of Nick Saban’s teams are built. The thing about that game is that LSU’s offensive line struggled so much that anything the Tigers did would not have been very successful.
That game provided such a great example of how important an offensive line is to an offense. Everyone seems to be focused on LSU’s run blocking woes, but the Tigers were beat in pass protection as well. Harris was pressured on nearly half of his dropbacks.
@DellengerAdv With a record number of coaching vacancies coming up-best guess as to which LSU assistants, if any, may fill those voids.
— Dman (@HeyFightinTiger) November 10, 2015
Well, let’s look at who is A) really interested in being a head coach and B) is a good candidate for a head coaching position.
1. Frank Wilson: He’s the easy leader in this group. Wilson was a finalist for the head coaching job at Troy last year. He does want to be a head coach. There’s no denying that, and he has a good track record. He’s outgoing, personable, etc. He’s a good candidate.
2. Ed Orgeron: Orgeron was pretty upset when Southern Cal passed over him for the job to replace Lane Kiffin. Orgeron, you get the feeling, does want to be a head coach, but his track record isn’t like Wilson. Orgeron has been a head coach. And, while he went 6-2 as USC’s interim coach, he went 10-25 in three years as coach of Ole Miss. That was a long time ago, and I hear that Orgeron learned a ton from his time in Oxford.
3. Cam Cameron: Like Orgeron, Cameorn has been a head coach before, too, and it hasn’t gone great. He went 18-37 in five years at Indiana. First off, does he want to be a head coach again? Yeah probably. At least according to his contract with LSU. The contract waives his damages if he left for a head coaching job in the NFL or in college football outside of the SEC.
@DellengerAdv you think Mills regretting decision to come back in 15
— P.D. (@callpaulmyagent) November 10, 2015
Good timing. We asked Mills that this week. Response:
“None. I know the game I play. It’s a physical game. Who’s to say that if I went to the NFL, the same thing could have happened?”
@DellengerAdv As crummy as we feel as fans about any loss, I can only imagine how the team feels. How and what do they do to move on?
— Richard C Miller (@RCLSUMiller) November 10, 2015
Players know they’re still in it. They know they can make the SEC championship game (if Bama loses) and know they could, even, make the College Football Playoff, though unlikely, without winning the SEC.
That’s what they’re all thinking about: It’s still possible, but they’ve got to win out.
@DellengerAdv late mailbag question, but is Jonathan Rucker moving to FB?
— Blake Sanner (@Blakesanner) November 10, 2015
He’s still listed as a linebacker on LSU’s roster. And Les Miles said the only fullbacks are Mouton, Ducre and Ronnie Feist.
@DellengerAdv Do you think Les & his staff were shocked at Bama's OL & DL domanace or did they?
— Ken Calongne (@KenCalongne) November 10, 2015
It’s hard to believe LSU coaches knew that their O-line would struggle in such a fashion since they’re game plan, clearly, was to run the ball. Were they as surprised as many? Probably not. They watch a ton of film. I’m sure they knew Bama was good.
@DellengerAdv do we have a chance for the playoff?
— Robert l. Stevenson (@laswampboy1966) November 10, 2015
Absolutely. Here’s a complete run-down of that.
— Dan Juneau (@DanLJuneau) November 10, 2015
No doubt about that. LSU has struggled without its “flashlight,” as Fournette calls JD Moore. We’ve seen LSU use more shotgun and one-back sets without Moore, eliminating the fullback position. I think we see more of that.
@DellengerAdv why do other teams – this year Ole Miss and Tennessee – have less trouble with the Tide than LSU does year in and year out?
— Sid Backstrom (@sid_backstrom) November 11, 2015
Since LSU’s losing streak vs. Bama began:
- LSU-Bama margin: 13.4 points
- Ole Miss-Bama margin (including two 6-point wins): 15.4
- Tennessee-Bama margin: 22.8
So the Vols and the Rebels don’t have much luck against the Tide, despite Ole Miss’ two wins. Remember, LSU had two games in the bag against Bama before the Tide scored in the final minute to win in 2012 and to push it to overtime in 2014, where it won.
Never the less, LSU’s offense is based around running the football. Bama’s defense is based around stopping the run. It’s not a good match.