Les Miles is one of the greatest coaches to go through the LSU Tigers program. He has won 110 games, while only losing 32 times. No matter where you are a coach, that’s an incredible record. But with the floor crumbling beneath him and being handed his third loss in a row, Miles should be on his way out as head coach.
Don’t get me wrong, playing in the SEC is tough and going undefeated every year is a lot harder. But has Miles worn his welcome out? Miles took over for an LSU program that was left in the dust after Nick Saban bolted for the NFL. Two shorts years after taking over, the Tigers were able to capture a BCS national title with a win over Ohio State. Mind you, most of the players were left over from Saban, so Miles just had to put the icing on the cake. The Tigers did play for another national title under Miles in 2011, only to be beaten down 21-0 at the hands of Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide.
The biggest problem Miles now has is losing Louisiana recruits to rival schools. If Miles can’t keep in-state recruits, how is he going go after other blue chip recruits in others states? Miles is losing on recruiting and it shows by their decline in competing against other top SEC programs.
During a time where the game changes and evolves almost daily, Miles has stayed true to his roots. Miles relies heavily on the run, and has struggled to find a good starter at the quarterback position for years now. It’s pound the ground football, exactly what Miles learned under Bo Schembechler and hasn’t changed since.
The latest blow to the Tigers season was the play calling of Miles, especially in the fourth quarter with just over six minutes left. The Tigers had the ball fourth-and-goal from the two-yard line. Trying to claw their way back and make it competitive, the Tigers called a timeout to regroup and get the ball in the end zone. The Tigers lined up, snapped the ball and Harris pitched the ball to an oblivious Leonard Fournette. Yes, after a timeout, LSU was still confused on what the play was. That boils down to coaching being the issue.
LSU seems to have a problem on defense as well, the Tigers have dropped 19 spots in total defense from 2014 to 28 overall so far in 2015. This is Miles’ worst defense since the 2009 season. The Tigers give up an average 342 yards a game, and have given up over 2,000 yards passing this season.
Ever since the loss in the 2011 national championship, the Tiger have never recovered. Les Miles has lost his way, and can’t compete with Saban at Alabama. When you lose to a rival four out of seven times, and still struggle throughout the year with other squads, a change has to be made.
LSU football isn’t what it used to be and recruits are noticing. Miles can’t out coach other teams anymore, we don’t even know if he ever could. The talent alone when LSU was premier was winning the games, Miles is just a figure in charge. The substantial buyout will cost less than keeping Miles. If Miles stays, recruiting will continue to decline, along with wins. LSU has to make a move now and ditch Miles.