LSU Tigers: Les Miles Remains Underrated as Head Coach

By Tim Letcher

There have been many things said about Les Miles, head coach of the LSU Tigers. Sure, he’s a little off center at times. Not every coach will actually eat grass during a game. But above all else, Miles is a winner, and while he doesn’t always do it “by the book”, he continues to win games at LSU.

Miles has had only one losing season as a head coach, and it was his first, when he coached the Oklahoma State Cowboys to a 4-7 mark in 2001. Since then, he has won at least seven games in each of his seasons as a head coach. He has won at least 10 games in seven of his 13 seasons as a head coach. And, he won the BCS National Championship in 2007.

Miles is not the most conventional coach. His teams have featured a strong running attack, a strong passing attack, but rarely both. The one constant during his time in Baton Rouge has been the defense. It seems that LSU almost always has one of the nation’s toughest defenses, and that has won the team quite a few games.

Again this season, the Tigers will need to change what they do offensively. Gone is quarterback Zach Mettenberger, a pocket passer who flourished in the scheme of offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. The Tigers now have quarterbacks who are dual threats and that will once again change the offensive plan.

Miles continues to coach and recruit at high levels, which keeps the talent level high for the Tigers. Despite numerous early entries into the NFL Draft, LSU should have the talent to be an SEC contender again this year. And that’s a credit to the head coach.

Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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