Orange Bowl Snowflakes: The Coaching

Submitted by LSAClassOf2000 on December 30th, 2016 at 11:52 PM

Here's your place to post hot takes on the overall coaching performance in the Orange Bowl.



December 31st, 2016 at 12:22 AM ^

The inept offensive performance really was apparent in this game as well.  The screen to DeVeon, the slow developing draw, the numerous power pitches....putting Smith out at receiver.

I am not sure why you do not move to putting Speight back in shotgun earlier when it was absolutely apparent that the interior of the line was just being abused.  I also think Speight was still hurt much more than was given, but putting him into under center pass plays and just sticking with Smith over and over and over just made no sense again.

With multiple D backs out, the lack of really making an effort to go deep was also mind numbing.


December 31st, 2016 at 1:35 AM ^

Right... and our coaches CLEARLY knew that we weren't going to get a first down, so it was a moot point, right?

It was shitty clock management without a doubt.  FSU helped us by calling a TO with 14 left on the play clock, or it would have been worse.  Harbaugh has to get his shit together on clock management, period.  He's a great football coach, but apparently is not adept at making good decisions with the clock.

Between this and the end of the OSU game, it is not even debatable at this point.  He has Les Miles running clock logic disorder.


December 30th, 2016 at 11:56 PM ^

1) Harbaugh is a bit overrated in his game management.  This is a senior laden team with tons of talent.  They just lost their 3rd game out of 4 on the road.  He made poor decisions in each game which cost the team.

2) Drevno is way overrated as an OC.  He needs to be replaced. 

3) This team lacks speed at RB and the WRs were disappointing all season.

4) Wilton is not consistently accurate.  QB competition must be open for next year.  If Peters is better, then he should play.

5) This OL was bad and it probably will not be better next season.


December 31st, 2016 at 1:38 AM ^

WR's made some plays, but they flat out cost us wins with their drops.  Definitely the OSU game, and probably Iowa.  Maybe even FSU, as we could have gotten into field goal range with a kicker that is automatic.  Our losses can easily be traced to late game flat out drops.  Can't have that.

Hail Harbo

December 31st, 2016 at 7:25 AM ^

Not enough is said about Kenny Allen handling all of the kicking / punting duties, and doing it all very well.  This after calls for his immediate replacement as a kicker 10 games ago.  This after the received wisdom stated that no man could handle both punting and place kicking and do so with competence.  It just wasn't possible.  And yet that's exactly what KA has done.  

An unsung hero at Michigan, Kenny Allen will remain so in the NFL.


December 31st, 2016 at 11:14 AM ^

The Iowa game was plain bad. Chesson's whole season was a massive disappointment, considering how great he looked at the end of last year - he had something like 500 yards and 3 tds. A bit of that is on Speight / chemistry issues, but I watched every game and he very frequently just wasn't getting open. Maybe it was injury-recovery,  but he just didn't have a good year.

Darboh had some big catches, but he had plenty of chances to make plays and just didn't,  e.g., the 1st quarter non-catch that he couldn't focus on getting a foot in because he bobbled the ball when he didn't cleanly catch the ball at the highpoint.

I'm worried about a lot of position groups matching this year's production next year (e.g., CB, DL, even our soon to be very young OL), but our young WRS have a great chance of matching, if not improving, over this year.



December 31st, 2016 at 1:09 PM ^

double teamed one DT and our LG (Bredeson?) backed up, staring at empty space to the left, while the other FSU DT was left uncovered, with a clear path for a sack.

Don't know if that was a freshman mistake or bad coaching preparation, but I'm not a fan of Drevno - either as an OL coach or OC gameplanner.

Watching the Louisville OL getting manhandled by LSU, maybe we could trade Drevno to Petrino for a bag of wrecked motorcycle spare parts and a used neck brace  ;o)