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    Somehow, some way, Louisiana was in position to go for the jugular Saturday night against Southern Miss in the New Orleans Bowl.

    It didn't really make a whole lot of sense, which in itself made perfect sense for this Ragin' Cajuns team. It was bad, it was ugly and then it was weirdly good. And ultimately, it came up short at the end.


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    No quarterback or great running back will be as successful as they could be here until we fix our offensive line. We AT LEAST need to be strong in either pass or run blocking. We could have success as a team if we had absolute road graters but weren't great at pass blocking. We could be successful (with a different offense) if we were stellar pass blockers but not great at run blocking. I'd love to have both at the same time. Being bad at both is a recipe for disaster though, and getting to 6 wins this year is a credit to the grit of our players.


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    To be honest I'd rather have better pass blockers than road graters. You ain't pulling off no upset over a solid P5 program trying to run them over.


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    Jennings is just not very good at football guys. Even an LSU alum who would love to see Jennings succeed at a lower level knows this. You are the QB. And you were highly recruited at a national level. You have to play better than this. It's not all on the o-line. If the line is breaking down, you need to scramble out and make a play.


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    The games Jennings had protection he was good. Do we need a better QB, yes. But we won't see better QB play in this offense with these coaches.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cajun4life View Post
    The games Jennings had protection he was good. Do we need a better QB, yes. But we won't see better QB play in this offense with these coaches.
    Idk if Jennings is as bad as our offensive line and our offensive coaches. The line showed little spurts throughout the season. Our coaches showed spurts throughout the season. Now that this is all said and done, I would say as a unit, the offense was a C- as a whole. And the Jennings experiment was a bust. If u are willing to take a transfer in at the QB position, he better be a difference maker...and he wasn't for whatever reasons. There is a lot of areas that contribute to this. But now, we have taken in a transfer at the most important position on the field, had a loosing season for the second year in a row, and still have no clue on who our QB is moving foreward. Wasted season on most accounts and it's set this offense back at least one year,possibly 2

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    QB coach
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    O coordinator
    DB coach

    These are a few of my favorite things


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    Default Re: Luke Johnson: Cajuns are close, but they won't turn the corner until they get better at QB

    What did this game have to do with southern univ or lsu baseball?


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    Quote Originally Posted by 31Ragin97 View Post
    What did this game have to do with southern univ or lsu baseball?
    Nothing, but he speaks the truth. Many people don't wanna hear the truth. This is a guy who covers the tigers and has an inside/outside perspective. Jennings does not fit in Hud's system. (If he has a system).

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    Our OL is weakest link. Jennings not a great passer but that poor guy got pummeled against any team we played with a decent DL.


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    We need to improve the OL play... big time. I'm like C4L, we need to recruit to and improve on pass blocking OL. I still expected better of AJ. He is perhaps better than what we had on the bench, but he didn't get it done for us. Hud has got to go find a stable of QBs that fit whatever system (?) we are going to operate. I'm proud we fought back and made it a game last night, but Hud has much work to do. He has regressed, regardless of anyone on here's opinion, since arriving at UL.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Just1More View Post
    We need to improve the OL play... big time. I'm like C4L, we need to recruit to and improve on pass blocking OL. I still expected better of AJ. He is perhaps better than what we had on the bench, but he didn't get it done for us. Hud has got to go find a stable of QBs that fit whatever system (?) we are going to operate. I'm proud we fought back and made it a game last night, but Hud has much work to do. He has regressed, regardless of anyone on here's opinion, since arriving at UL.
    Improving the OL should be the No. 1 priority in the off season. It was not only an issue last night but in several earlier games as well. Every time we were in a long yardage situation, I cringed for Jennings last night as I knew he was about to be pummeled. It does not matter who the QB is or how the offensive play calling goes, it will be meaningless unless play in that unit improves. Discussing anything else may have valid issues brought up but it pales in comparison to this need.

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    Though I have never met Anthony Jennings, I would imagine him to be a very intelligent, nice person. As a football player, he is mediocre at best. I was blasted at the beginning of the season and the first few games for saying Anthony Jennings as QB was a horrible idea. He was horrible at LaSue and I didn't think he would be any better here.

    He has no football common sense nor football intelligence. 2nd quarter, he just made an incredible move to get away from the rush, then scrambled to the right sideline. He had all the time in the world to throw the ball away, but instead takes a sack, which cost us serious field position. A peewee football QB would have known to throw the ball away. 8 for 22 for only 95 yards and one costly interception that had he only thrown it to the back of the endzone, it would have been either a TD or incomplete. 95% of his 22 passes were thrown up for grabs. He had no clue (just like the entire season) where the pass route was supposed to be run. He either waits for the receiver to turn and face him or he just throws the ball up for grabs. You would think after 13 games this season, he would know at least 2 or 3 of the receiver's routes.

    I would have to agree with another poster, this was an entirely bust of an idea. If you are going to play a one year QB from another school, he better be a super stud and put the team on his shoulders and will them to win. Not waste a position, especially at QB who touches the ball on 99% of your offensive snaps.

    One of the reasons the offensive line looked so bad is because Jennings just holding onto the ball not waiting for a receiver to turn around. Again, he did not know their routes, which caused him to hold onto the ball, which gave the defense time to tee off on him.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CajunSaint08 View Post
    Though I have never met Anthony Jennings, I would imagine him to be a very intelligent, nice person. As a football player, he is mediocre at best. I was blasted at the beginning of the season and the first few games for saying Anthony Jennings as QB was a horrible idea. He was horrible at LaSue and I didn't think he would be any better here.

    He has no football common sense nor football intelligence. 2nd quarter, he just made an incredible move to get away from the rush, then scrambled to the right sideline. He had all the time in the world to throw the ball away, but instead takes a sack, which cost us serious field position. A peewee football QB would have known to throw the ball away. 8 for 22 for only 95 yards and one costly interception that had he only thrown it to the back of the endzone, it would have been either a TD or incomplete. 95% of his 22 passes were thrown up for grabs. He had no clue (just like the entire season) where the pass route was supposed to be run. He either waits for the receiver to turn and face him or he just throws the ball up for grabs. You would think after 13 games this season, he would know at least 2 or 3 of the receiver's routes.

    I would have to agree with another poster, this was an entirely bust of an idea. If you are going to play a one year QB from another school, he better be a super stud and put the team on his shoulders and will them to win. Not waste a position, especially at QB who touches the ball on 99% of your offensive snaps.

    One of the reasons the offensive line looked so bad is because Jennings just holding onto the ball not waiting for a receiver to turn around. Again, he did not know their routes, which caused him to hold onto the ball, which gave the defense time to tee off on him.
    I seriously doubt, 13 games into the season, AJ didn't know the routes. Come on, man.

    Besides accuracy, he lacked es-capability....something any QB playing behind our OL really needed this season. That's why I was hoping JD would have been given more chances. I hope JD figures it out and gets serious about playing QB for a D1 school.

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    When he under threw Jared Johnson And he had to slow down and go back to catch it and allow the defender to make a good play, I thought that play is when the game was over. Under throwing a 6'7" receiver omits the advantage of being a 6'7" receiver.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jumboragncajun View Post
    When he under threw Jared Johnson And he had to slow down and go back to catch it and allow the defender to make a good play, I thought that play is when the game was over. Under throwing a 6'7" receiver omits the advantage of being a 6'7" receiver.
    ---think in the 2 minute deal that I give it a vertical with Johnson

    why not???


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    Quote Originally Posted by cajun4life View Post
    To be honest I'd rather have better pass blockers than road graters. You ain't pulling off no upset over a solid P5 program trying to run them over.
    i get your point, but don't you think if we did have absolute road graders up front, they would be good enough to be decent at pass protection?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cajunsmike View Post
    Improving the OL should be the No. 1 priority in the off season. It was not only an issue last night but in several earlier games as well. Every time we were in a long yardage situation, I cringed for Jennings last night as I knew he was about to be pummeled. It does not matter who the QB is or how the offensive play calling goes, it will be meaningless unless play in that unit improves. Discussing anything else may have valid issues brought up but it pales in comparison to this need.
    Well said Mike. The most concerning thing to me is that we have 4 returning starters. Are they entrenched as starters next year? Can they improve? I feel like the guards can improve since they are both Freshman, but I have doubts if the two Tackles can improve enough to be serviceable. I know some people thought our Center was good, but I hope we can find a quicker guy who can get out in space to block. Bottom line, we need major improvement at all 5 line positions or we will have a similar record next year...regardless of who is playing QB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CajunSaint View Post
    i get your point, but don't you think if we did have absolute road graders up front, they would be good enough to be decent at pass protection?
    Not neccassarily. Good pass protection comes from length and agility more than strength. Run blocking requires to to create gaps and move people off of their spots. In pass protection OL catches the pass rush and just has to hold ground. It's more finess than anything else.

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