Loyalty not a two-way street with Jefferson
February, 10, 2012
By Chris Low | ESPN.com
Derick E. Hingle/US PresswireJordan Jefferson was sacked four times and completed just 11-of-17 passes against Alabama.The stench from LSU's putrid offensive showing in the Allstate BCS National Championship Game just won’t go away.
The latest to weigh in is the guy who had the biggest hand, at least on the field, in the Tigers going belly-up offensively in the Big Easy. It seems that former LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson wasn’t enamored with the play-calling in that game, and he voiced his displeasure Thursday to WCNN radio in Atlanta.
Here’s what Jefferson had to say:
“I think we should’ve spread them out a little bit more, put the ball in different passing areas, use our talent on the receiving side. We had that in as far as play-calling. We just didn’t get to it. We have great guys in those areas and sometimes we just wonder why we don’t use those guys, but we’re not the one calling the plays. We still have to go out and execute what the coaches and coordinators are calling. We can’t complain as players, but sometimes we do question that."
Jefferson went on to say, "Alabama was a little bit more prepared than us. There was a lot of things that we should’ve did different to catch a rhythm on offense."
Now, this is the same Jefferson that finished 11-of-17 for 53 yards and an interception against Alabama and was sacked four times. He also fumbled three times, losing one.
It's hard to argue his point that LSU's plan on offense stunk. It's just as hard to argue that LSU's entire offense didn't stink that night in the Superdome, including Jefferson.
What's not hard to argue is that Jefferson is throwing a lot of people under the bus who steadfastly stood behind him during his darkest days at LSU.
In fact, they not only stood behind him, but they stuck their necks out for him when he was accused of kicking somebody in the face and charged with a felony, which was later reduced to a misdemeanor.
LSU coach Les Miles was Jefferson's staunchest supporter, so much so that you could say Miles went down with the ship in that national championship game because he was determined to let Jefferson steer it no matter what ... come hell, high water or a swarming Alabama defense.
And, now, what does Miles get in return?
Jefferson publicly calling out the entire offensive coaching staff, including Miles.
Again, nobody's defending the play-calling from that game or anything remotely related to the Tigers' offensive performance.
But a true leader critiques himself first. A true leader, one with the right kind of chest (as Miles would say), doesn't point fingers after the fact, and a true leader finds a way to get it done when it counts.
Let's not pretend as if the BCS National Championship Game was some type of aberration for Jefferson. In the game prior, the SEC championship game, he finished 5-of-13 for 30 yards with a touchdown, and the Tigers went the entire first half without making a first down.
Sure, Jefferson had his moments. He played well against Arkansas in the regular-season finale, and his ability to run the option in the first game against Alabama made a big difference.
But nobody's going to confuse him anytime soon for Cam Newton, Tim Tebow or even Matt Flynn.
If Jefferson's looking to place blame, he needs to start with himself.