Miles believes run-pass mix key to attacking Bama’s vaunted D
Wondering what the Mad Hatter’s philosophy is on cracking the code only Johnny Manziel & Co. have been able to crack thus far this season?
That Alabama defense code?
Unfortunately for LSU head coach Les Miles, he can’t kidnap Manziel and dress him in gold and white this Saturday. That leaves only one other option for him. At least in his mind.
And that’s mixing it up on offense.
And he’s talking about mixing it up a lot this Saturday. And not just mixing it up between running and passing but, as he went on to explain last week, mixing it up between running, down-the-field passing, intermediate passing and short-game passing.
That’s Miles’ offensive strategy against an Alabama defense he described as ‘very, very talented.’ He doesn’t think LSU can solely ride the arm of premier passer Zach Mettenberger or solely ride the legs of leading rusher Jeremy Hill.
Not against the defense his guys will see in Tuscaloosa Saturday.
“You have to make them defend the run and pass on every down and distance as best you can,” Miles said of going against Alabama’s highly regarded D. “That’s the best way to move the football against any good defense.”
And, yes, Alabama owns a very good defense.
Sure, Texas A&M, led by Manziel, piled up 42 points and 628 yards of total offense on the Bama D back on Sept. 14, but, as Alabama’s other seven games have revealed, that defensive performance it produced in College Station seven weeks ago was an aberration more than anything else.
Alabama currently leads the nation in scoring defense, allowing a mere 9.8 points per game. In fact, since that Texas A&M game, Alabama has allowed just two touchdowns. That’s two touchdowns in a span of six games.
“Dominating our opponent — that’s what we’re built on,” Bama strong safety Landon Collins said following the Tennessee game on Oct. 26. “That’s what we do as a team.”
Collins won’t get any argument from the LSU head man.
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