Ed Orgeron points to presnap process and the run game as top issues

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LSU head coach Ed Orgeron met with the media on Monday where he took responsibility for the loss. “Ultimately, I’m responsible for the performance of this team.”

This came off the heels of CBS Sports and 247Sports analyst Josh Pate calling out Orgeron for not taking any blame following the game Saturday night.

“Things that we need to fix on offense, pre-snap process,” Orgeron stated on Monday. “Our run game, we need to be more physical. Redzone, very disappointed. We were very disappointed in our performance in the redzone and third down.”

The pre-snap process is something that I alluded to when discussing the biggest issue at LSU. The defense has been doing their job since the opening game loss against UCLA. On Saturday against Auburn, they held them to just 10 points through the first three quarters.

Eventually, they broke through but not to any fault of theirs, except not being able to get Bo Nix to the ground. The offense has to be better and it all starts with that presnap process.

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Orgeron said on multiple occasions on Monday that “we’ve got to get that fixed.” Mostly when discussing the issues presnap for the offense. Getting the plays in quickly and running that play. When changing the play before the snap they are giving Max Johnson no time to get it set up before burning timeouts.

The running game hasn’t just been a struggle, the team just downright refuses to run the ball despite everything that Orgeron says in his weekly pressers. Looking at the play calls, especially in the fourth quarter, they had one designed run call. None of which came with a lead late in the game.

When asked about the run game he stated, “we need to be committed to it. I think that we need to make a recommitment to calling the run plays we’re practicing.”

Opponent

Car

Yards

YPC

TDs

UCLA

25

49

2.0

0

McNeese

36

124

3.4

1

Central Mich

24

95

3.5

1

Miss St

27

63

2.3

0

Auburn

25

33

1.3

0

It really isn’t a matter of the lack of a running game, it comes down to when they do it. Teams are committing just three or four men to the rush, leaving room for the backs to run. The only problem is that the offensive line plays with zero physicality. They are constantly getting bullied at the line of scrimmage.

How do they fix it? Not sure they can fix it with the personnel that they currently have. They will need to figure out how to get their backs in space. One thing for certain is the running back averaging 5.2 yards per touch needs to be on the field more. Corey Kiner has been on of the lone bright spots in the backfield this year.

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