Sunday, January 8, 2012
Tide bracing for more 'shots' from LSU
By Chris Low
NEW ORLEANS -- Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart isn’t into making guarantees.
But he is convinced that Monday’s Allstate BCS National Championship Game will feature a pair of offenses that are far more aggressive than they were in the first game on Nov. 5.
In his words, there’s “no way” it will be another 9-6 game with both teams being kept out of the end zone.
“It ain’t going to happen,” said Smart, whose Alabama defense hasn’t given up more than 14 points in a game all season. “I don’t think both teams will play it as close to the vest.”
Smart said LSU was more conservative the first time because the Tigers felt like they could control the game with their defense.
“They didn’t throw the ball vertically much on us,” Smart said. “Every game since ours, they’ve taken shots. They didn’t take a whole lot of shots against us. They probably got a little gun-shy early, because when they did, they threw the two picks and got away from it and won the game on defense. I don’t think it will be that way this time.
“They’ll take shots. We’ll be one-on-one, and we’ll either win them or we won’t.”
Smart said the Crimson Tide would be prepared for both Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee at quarterback, but he doesn’t see it as having to prepare for two different guys.
“They run the same offenses. They just have more plays,” Smart said. “The preparation is very similar. You just have to be more prepared for the option with Jordan, and we will be.”
Alabama was the team that tried a few trick plays in the first game and not LSU and Les Miles, who’s renowned for rolling the dice.
With more than a month to prepare, Miles will undoubtedly have a few things up his sleeve for this game.
“They’ve got a ton of trick plays, but you can’t prepare for trick plays because you have no idea what they’re going to run,” Smart said. “You go through their history. You go through each coach’s history, where has he been, what has he run. But they’re going to run something based on something they’ve seen against us, an area where they say we’re vulnerable.
“We have no idea where that is. You try to do your job, but you can’t over-coach that because you’re playing scared.”