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Herb's Take: Don't worry about the LSU offense

Former LSU great Herb Tyler with his weekly take on the Tigers

Seth Dunlap
September 08, 2017 - 5:53 pm

The LSU Tigers won their season opener 27-0 against a team just outside the top 25.  Their quarterback was highly efficent, and their defense was absolutely smothering.  Tiger fans everywhere should be estatic with the start to the first full year of the Coach O regime, right? Think again.

Hoards of fans on sports radio, social media, and fan sites have been up in arms this week with their criticism that Matt Canada's offense was, in their view, too much like the offense they saw under Les Miles and Cam Cameron.  Former LSU quarterback Herb Tyler, co-host of WWL Radio's "Tiger Tailgatin' Show" on LSU game days, thought the outpouring of criticism was unwarranted.

"I agree, it's kind of strange," Tyler said.  "I can only expect fans wanted to see (the offense) all unveiled that particular night."

It wasn't, and rightfully so.  The Tigers were dominating BYU on the ground and it made no sense to divert from a run heavy approach in the Superdome last Saturday.   This week will probably be similar in terms of approach, as the Tigers take on an overmatched UT-Chattanooga team in Death Valley.  Herb Tyler said he is going to focus on execution and cleaning up the mental miscues.

"The only thing I'm looking for is to cut down on penalties and the silly mistakes," Tyler said.  "I look forward to the guys playing a lot better, more sound, game all around."

One guy who played very well last week was quarterback Danny Etling, who completed 14/17 passes for an 82% completion clip, the best mark for an LSU quarterback since Zach Mettenberger in 2013.

"I thought Danny played excellent.  He did everything we wanted him to do," praised Tyler.  "You can see a difference in his mentality and his confidence as the number one guy going into that game.  We haven't seen a quarterback that prepared in a while at LSU."

Strong words from one of LSU's all-time great quarterbacks.  Why the newfound swagger and execution from Etling?

"He's got a new offensive coordinator with a whole new take on their offense," Tyler noted. "When you have something new, it's like anything else.  If you have a new girlfriend you're excited about it, you're bending over backwards to do certain things.  You just want to make sure everything is perfect."

LSU takes on the Chattanooga Mocs tomorrow night, kick off at 6:39pm.  It should be an easy tune-up for the Tigers before they open SEC play on the road the following week against Mississippi State.  What does Tyler want to see tomorrow?

"I hope that I see a well oiled machine," he said.  "We need to be consistent and score, some way, on every possession . . .These are the kinds of games, if you go into it not taking the other team very strongly, you can get punched in the mouth harder than you have to."

Listen to Herb Tyler and Deke Bellavia tomorrow during the 'Gulf Coast Bank Tiger Tailgatin' Show' from 1-4:30pm on WWL 870am/105.3fm.

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