Updated: May 23
LONN PHILLIPS SULLIVAN
The Tigers have long possessed and developed the highest octane talent college football has to offer, yet still the world looked at us differently.
We were dubbed archaic...stone-age offenses, defense-only teams, NFL-obsessed, Saban-fixated....worst of all: disappointing.
But under the leadership of Coach Ed Orgeron, his professional-grade staff and our supportive Athletic Director Scott Woodward, LSU continues to lay the foundations for something altogether unique and ahead of the curve (even if these chickenshits wanna disregard 2007, 2004 or the 2011 legends):
From Orgeron's Ridley Scott vision of conquest down to the home of DB/WRU, or tthe Award-winning offensive line in their stances, our state of the art facilities at LSUHQ, the cutting edge strength and conditioning team of longtime ambassadors Tommy Moffitt and Shelley Mullinex (LSU hasn't won a direct national title without these two), even our creative department churns out Hollywood-beckoning heroes like hype video genius Will Stout...in the final years of the past decade, Coach Orgeron's Tigers completed their transformation into the foremost professional program throughout college football today, top to bottom.
Coupled alongside this consistent structure, when you add a nonstop influx of grade A young men of superior intellect, confidence and premium talent to the mix, success will frequently occur.
I had high hopes of winning a title in 2019...
I didn't expect our guys to take the damn thing from everyone else, personifying the chip which became a dent affixed to the shoulders of all Tiger fans for 6 1/2 long years...
It was as if this very squad took on our personalities for a season, jumbled the surreal experience together with their swaggering bravado, NFL-ready quality and rammed it down the throat of anyone willing to step in their way.
But the ecstasy of 2019 can't be understood by any other college football junkie....this is a feeling of lasting renewal, exacting revenge...unfinished business, debts unpaid from decades of old school Louisiana back-room political maneuvering as well as the 21st century's booster-obsessed athletic department hell...good ol' boys willing to cave to any demand for the right price....there were also coaches and player scandals, unjust player suspensions, tragedies on and off the field which nearly tore the community apart on a national, sometimes international scale.
Yet here they were...better than ever before, everyone intact... survivors of impenetrable doubt, nocturnal game-on eyes blazing and their ears pinned back, ready to set up the future decades of LSU dominance under Coach Ed Orgeron...
The 2019 National Championship wasn't just for them or for us...it was for you, the Tiger in-waiting...the next man up...it's about a legacy restored and a heritage reborn...a revival witnessed.
Suddenly, as if our caged Tigers broke free from Nick Saban's captivity (our Carole Baskin), we've made it our mission to consume all before us.
These 2019/2020 Tigers proceeded to stun us all, one game, one unrepentant and incendiary performance after another, aiming straight at the controls for the heart of the sun...
...Joe Burrow became our crucible, lighting opponents up like a Rob Zombie 4th of July...we now had a jump on the five year plan.
Much like Armstrong planting his American flag on the moon, Burrow and Orgeron's pioneering 15-0 season has become so large in scope, it's turned believers into skeptics and skeptics back into believers and bandwagon fans back into Alabama or Ohio State fans all over again...
In the heat of this whispering, tyrannical greatness sweeping through every SEC, ACC and Big 12 blue blood across the United States, including the 5 non-LSU participants of the last three title games, conspiracy theories were thrown around, all as most wondered:
"Did we really just see that? Naaaaahh we won't see it again..."
"Burrow wasn't really that good...Orgeron isn't really that smart of a coach he just had Burrow...Joe Brady was everything ...with him gone, LSU WILL be nothing...."
We heard it echo and reverberate against our shattered, molten skull, one contradicting statement from talking meatheads after another, just like watching Bill O'Reilly argue with Rosie O'Donnell in a phone booth, we couldn't bear Joel Klatt or Skip Bayless raining on our parade...hell, we were still trying to collect ourselves and process the equations these records and numbers posed us to begin with...
Unlike the legions of others in denial, we realize we just saw the 90s' Chicago Bulls of college football...right up there alongside Miami in the 80s, 2005 USC or 2003 Miami, Burrow, Orgeron, Ensminger and co will be remembered as an absolute pinnacle of merciless savagery, the ultimate vindication in the face of words like "hype", "washed-up" "has-been"...
2019 LSU weren't the fist pumping of Vince Young's feel-good comeback, we were the middle finger-raised answer to those "horns".
You're looking for hope? You arrived this Saturday for glory?
LSU became an oblivious opponent...Death Valley their thunderdome arena where your dreams came to die....and after geauxing 15-0, every field became ours, too.
However, unlike those aforementioned "dynasty" teams, these Tigers started and finished as winners...something no one can take away from them....every other CFB dynasty brings about dashed dreams of Testaverde in a heap of INTs, Bush, Carroll, Orgeron and Leinart losing out to Vince Young and the NCAA, Miami again the victim of the 2nd worst penalty of all time (Saints vs Rams takes the cake)....our guys sealed the deal and stuck our faces in the cement.
As for 2020, these opinion-merchants attempted to spin us into a revolving death trip designed to whittle away at the Orgeron project's validity....but what were these fools really selling?
They want every college football fan to believe it was all an illusion...
"2019 was completed and constituted by men who are already on NFL rosters"...by a coach they at first called "a vindicated man" is now "just lucky to be 9-3", a staff no longer at the apex of college football due to the loss of a 30 year old first year passing game coordinator....a team hanging by a thread without Joe Burrow...
As Tigers....we couldn't be more disrespected....or care any less...
Now we have the dripping lust for blood lingering upon our jaws...and we want more....Joe Burrow may be gone, but the Steve Young under Joe Montana, Mr. Myles Brennan has been waiting, watching, analyzing, dissecting and playing with great execution.
This is Myles' turn to run the show.
Instead of wondering how high octane this LSU offense could be under such a talented quarterback as Brennan, the media is throwing their arms up in disarray
For all the college football fans out there believing LSU will crap out due to complacency or losing Jeaux, Clyde, K'Lavon, Justin, Lloyd, Damien, Thaddeus, Blake, Breiden, Patrick, Grant, Kristian, Rashard etc...I ask you this...
What about Myles, John/Tyrion/Chris in the backfield, or Phillip Webb, Jacquelin Roy, T.K McClendon, 6'7 270+ lb Ali Gaye, returning senior champion Glen Logan or expert thunderdome B.J Ojulari breaking QBs / RBs off the edge?
Weakened pass rush in 2020 my ass...
What about safety Jordan Toles, Kerry Vincent Jr (4 INT last year, 1 in every season), Jacoby Stevens (3 last year, 1 in every season), rangy free safety Mo Hampton or 2019 starter Todd Harris in lieu of Grant Delpit's services?
What about the two most coveted players of the 2020 class, incoming freshmen TE/WR/DE Arik Gilbert and CB Elias Ricks, two generational species who are ready for title-winning contributions now?
What about the bevy of National Champions returning for 2020, experienced and tested by the best in college football, many as freshmen or sophomores during our biggest games???
Linebackers such as Damone Clark (55 total tackles), Ray Thornton, Micha Baskerville (nearly scored two special teams TDs, with 1 blocked punt return TD) and edge-rushing LB/DE Andre Anthony all featured in big moments along the front seven, junior #7 Ja'Marr Chase and sophomore Terrace Marshall's 33 combined TDs (while missing 5 games) will be an even harder duo to defend in 2020 as both players evolve and improve alongside an All-Star receiving cast of juggernauts: unlimited, untouchable 5-star speedster Kayshon Boutte, all-around "Jefferson-esque" Trey Palmer, veteran aerial threat Racey McMath and new freak show Arik Gilbert;
Sophomore receiver Trey Palmer returning a punt for a touchdown vs Northwestern State must've done wonders for the confidence of a kid who never had playing time; secondary members like Mo Hampton filled in for Grant Delpit vs Arkansas and Oklahoma admirably, Cordale Flott took over Kristian Fulton's duties at corner with precision and perfectly-timed aggression (deflecting a pass in three consecutive games, vs Bama, Ole Miss, Arkansas, and Texas), Jay Ward, Raydarious Jones, Dwight McGlothern could all start for any other school....and yet we still have a guy like Derek Stingley Jr, the best DB in college....our next Heisman winner....that is unless Ja'Marr doesn't go McLectric on us and win it this year first.
There'll never be another Joe Burrow....there'll never be another Clyde Edwards-Helaire....Justin Jefferson; but there can be Myles Brennan...John Emery Jr, Ja'Marr Chase, Derek Stingley Jr...the list goes on and on...
So, by rule, the 2020 offense couldn't be the 2019 Saban guillotine...Ensminger always knew the system would have to evolve...expand...
Now, Ensminger's dialed into a new headspace alongside Zoom cohorts ickey Joseph, Scott Linehan, Kevin Faulk, Carter Sheriden, Russ Calloway among others on the juggernaut offense's 2 1/2 year anniversary..aka our bi-tennial:
The Bayou Gandalf presents:
"The 2020 Saban Turbine..."
While our offense is sound and secure, senseless worries have been transferred to our Aranda-less defense. Sure, there's no replacing once in a lifetime defensive festivals such as Delpit or Chaisson, that's impossible, you simply must make up for their contributions by adding as much value and reliability to the roster in those specific positions as possible....and with a guy like Bo Pelini on defense (I want to eat Polish meats or Italian pizza every time I say, write or hear "Pelini"), he'll direct every vicious hit, turnover created, Bo "Nikki Sixx" Nix broken, or piss and whiskey-soaked Alabama embarrassment into a title-winning brigade:
These are Pelini's soldiers of LSU fortune and mercenaries of pain administration...
However...Coach Orgeron has more plans than merely personnel groupings:
Beyond putting a finger in the dam, Coach Orgeron has built a massive wall, tier upon tier of recruits years into the future...guys like Garrett Nussmeier weren't flavor of the month grabs...we believed in that kid unceasingly for nearly three years...that's how good Ensminger and Orgeron feel he is...and with their glittering recruiting reputation and unquestionable results, let's bank on our guys, whatever happens.
And the same can be said across our entire elite recruiting base, guys like The "Miyagi of DBU" Corey Raymond, Bill Busch (safeties coach / recruiting phenom), Offensive Line Badass James Cregg, WRs Impresario Mickey Joseph or Tiger Legend turned Tiger Leader Kevin Faulk are hitting the trail hard...(Faulk grabbing Corey Kiner from Cincy or Ohio State, Cregg with Liam Shanahan, Mickey getting Jo Jo Earle etc) and what was clearly demonstrated during beatdown after beatdown? Every player took the field during our National Championship Game, SEC title and Peach Bowl victories.
Even the most cutthroat, ego-centric players within our program know what LSU will always be about:
Leaving the program in better shape than when you arrived for the next kid....
Louisiana will never be a me-first school or community...and the display of strong character and will to fight is embedded within the sacred ground of Death Valley.
Where we're geauxing, there are no roads for those in denial to follow...
The only direction is up.....
LONN PHILLIPS SULLIVAN
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