LONN PHILLIPS SULLIVAN
As we arrive upon the nipples of the college football season, with practices slated to begin July 13th, I've heard many wondering why LSU is receiving such harsh criticism and pointed analysis.
The question shouldn't be why Orgeron's Tigers are experiencing a media crime spree of ridiculous doubt and savage, knives out knucklebluster from Mom's basement (all to give Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State or Georgia fans a reason to watch the 2020 season)...the question should be why not???
When fear strikes the hearts of men like Nicholas Saban, Gus "John Grisham character" Malzahn or Dan "Renegade Forehead Centrifuge" Mullen, they'll pursue anything to escape mortal consequence, including SEC legal teams investigating LSU's every recruiting rite of passage for any speck of violating behavior just to take our play-making, history-taking NFL-ready champions from the field....and that's been time wasted away from getting their own houses in order...
We've heard about the Tigers inability to recover from Joe Burrow's absence, which turned out to be a lunatic fringe act of verbiage on the part of Joel Klatt and his FS1 henchmen (a syndicate which threatened me with a book deal and a massage in a North Las Vegas back alley back in 2019)....
Now when we've witnessed Coach Ed Orgeron cobble together a line of high quality quarterbacks (Burrow's Heisman, Championship, G.O.A.T bloodlust, Brennan's sophisticated, refined encore for 2 years, T.J Finley or Max Johnson behind him, then Garrett Nussmeier, then Zachary High's electric Tigerblood padawan Walker Howard...the list will then extend deeper to Eli Holnstein and Arch Manning as well), all vaunted young men, expectant leaders and physical specimen ahead of the rest of their class, you cannot say LSU isn't rectifying the last 50 years of quarterbacking misdeeds and development problems.
Past Tiger quarterbacks such as Jamie Howard (Walker's father), Jordan Jefferson, Jarrett Lee, Ryan Perriloux, Brandon Harris were gifted with above and beyond athleticism, football IQ or were also ranked as some of the most exciting players in the annals of Louisiana high school football history.
Somehow, they never reached their potential due to a lack of support from our own coaching staff, a horrific offensive system (led by a haphazard mix of coaches) which never elevated the particular talents of each quarterback, or in Jordan Jefferson's case, the young man should've never played quarterback....in fact, WR Russell Shepard should've been LSU's starting quarterback during the 2012 BCS National Championship Game.
That insidious lack of commitment to our offense, our long line of failure to support our quarterbacks and allow them to define themselves on the field, has long cost LSU, the greatest program in college football history, more championships than any other modern Division I program....and the consistency of talent levels in Baton Rouge throughout the span of time is so empirical, with better quarterback play, LSU never see rockstar recruits like Warrick Dunn or Ed Reed go to Florida State or Miami...
We're now investing in the quarterback position as much, if not more than any other for the first time in our program's rich history...there's no giving up on guys like USC transfer J.T Daniels (who eventually chose UGA) or 2021 5 Star Supernaut, The SunshineSuperman himself, Mr. Caleb Williams...we still fight for the best...and now we're scaring these other schools like Oklahoma or Ohio State who had a monopoly on great quarterbacks...
Under Coach Orgeron, and with a little help from the best coaching staff in the world, the most elite strength and conditioning / nutrition staff in the country, as well as good ol' Ray Baker keeping Tigers lean and mean, there's been an emphasis on allowing assistant coaches to be head coaches in their own right.
Orgeron's generous delegation and autonomy has led to the best coaching staff in the country, one of intimidating force, shocking loyalty, proud integrity, stunning humility, and indisputable asskicking deservitude....and look no further than Mickey Joseph's wide receiving corps:
Future top 2 NFL Pick Ja'Marr Chase, Terrace Marshall, Trey Palmer, Racey McMath all resuming their LSU legacy out wide, while Arik Gilbert remains poised to breakout as a freshman TE/WR sensation and secret weapon: Gilbert will become a true red zone colossus throughout 2020...you truly need to get our Almanac to see our profile on him, this young man is more frightening at a young age than Amy Fischer.
Meanwhile, LSU has never left their roots on the ground game behind, rushing as a team for 2,531 yards and 31 TDs last season....all as Burrow threw 60 touchdown passes....incredible...
But as for 2020, we may see an even bigger importance stressed on our collective unit, rather than the one man symphony of Clyde Edwards-"Rockets Red Glare"-Helaire.
RBs such as Chris Curry, Tyrion Davis-Price, John Emery Jr and Kevontre Bradford are ready to carry Clyde Edwards-Helaire's torch under the maddog instincts of LSU Football Legend Kevin Faulk. In behind those core four are a litany of vicious young freshmen speedsters, my favorites being former high school quarterback Keenan Dunn and Corren Norman.
Don't sleep on Tre Bradford....the man will take it to the house if you sleep on him for even a millisecond, we told you our dear readers in the RBs preview (found above) that Tre may be our most explosive runner in between the tackles....and we have three sophomore starters who have ripped #1 defenses for yards and big plays during huge 2019 contests already on roster...just imagine how this iron will sharper the younger iron under Mr. Iron Man himself, Kevin Faulk???
We all know what Bo Pelini will bring to the party in a vulgar display of defensive omnipotence, meanwhile many are projecting the defense to be worse than last year.
Our secondary returnees posted 40 defended passes and 13 INTs...to add to that outrageous tally, we've signed freshmen Elias Ricks, Dwight McGlothern, Jordan Toles and a slew of other grade A dynamic DBs ready to replace Grant Delpit's stamina and heart or Kristian Fulton's dogged DB battles out wide (replacing Fulton or Delpit's football IQ is another thing altogether, learned only from trial and error on the field).
Our LB unit returns Damone Clark's Devin White-isms and 50 tackles from the bench, Jabril Cox's title-winning play-making, Phillip Webb's lengthy, arresting talents, a duo of upperclassmen (Thornton, Baskerville) waiting for a chance to claim a legacy, and LSU's most exciting defensive player, the Ruckus himself, Marcel Brooks, a nastified, "you better hide" machine of versatility, capable of ruining offenses as if they were Mike Gundy's career.
We may just have the deepest defensive line in the country and yet everyone dismisses this group as Tyler Shelvin and 10 other guys?
You're looking at the 2020 record breaking sack-machine, propelling our defense to 56.5 sacks on the season, many from the front four (shattering last year's contribution of 11.5 sacks from the D-line).
LSU's record 23 picks (achieved during Pelini's final season of his first tenure, 2007) will also be eclipsed, thanks to a few linebackers with the knack for an INT (Cox, Webb and Clark) in front of a smothering secondary in behind.
Quarterbacks will often find themselves with nowhere to turn, lost in their own delusional puzzle of Pelini's rampant design...
How little do these gentrified, snale-suckling elitist-fiends know about the firepower within this unified locker room of studs, stars, superfreaks and barrelhouse, powerhouse infini-gods??
Our guys are just itching to get out there and:
prove them wrong for a second year in a row,
you say what you say, then you reap what you sow...
There's been miles of slanderous doubt saddled to Myles Brennan's shoulders, keeping him compartmentalized and marginalized in the corner as the 6th rated SEC quarterback by some online publications.
It's not a slap...that's a spit in the face...and during Covid 19 times, a spit in the face is an assault...this sports media quest to dehumanize and assault Myles Brennan is failing already and we know how this story will ultimately end...we believe in the Silver Surfer, sly as a fox in the woods, SEC defenses will know him.
Let them disrespect us....let them say Bo Pelini is too old school and is out of touch with modern offenses, allow them to embarrass themselves when they vow Brennan won't throw more than 19 TDs...
I get it....he may not be as ultragod as Joe Burrow...but if Myles Brennan is even half as good as Joe Burrow, we'll be celebrating in remarkable style come January.
Myles Brennan has every weapon at his disposal to be successful, he possesses every mental Tool in order to win another title, and to quote that band, he knows "how the pieces fit"...
#15 may have just as much intimate Ensminger/Brady offensive knowledge as Joe Burrow...he now needs to couple that with visceral ass-pickling play from the shotgun, dissecting the defenses like he does on the board or he did last year during ample reps through 10 games (we watched his every 2019 snap and have stats only available here on Myles).
Let the critics say it all...let it all rain down...I want every LSU player on the roster, every single coach on staff to hear what the world continues to think about Louisiana State football and how they have resumed their idiocy in denial after a 15-0 season where their own homeboy favorites were disembowled before the world timelessly by Burrow and Co....and 80% of the company is returning to finish what they started.
Let the media hounds bark all they want...we love the disrespect...let the ad-driven machinery bitch and toxify on the shelf all summer until they can't face us every Monday in the fall.
Keep it comin'...
Defending a national title meant we didn't need any extra motivation...but we'll take it....jaws wide open...
LONN JACKSON PHILLIPS SULLIVAN
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