Tim Tebow helped lead the Broncos to one of the most exciting Wild Card victories in recent memory… Les Miles led his LSU Tigers to one of the most painful, embarrassing losses in a TERRIBLE performance versus Alabama… But why?
This is a post about… BALLS. Guts. Cajones. Animo. COMPETITIVENESS… Doing what it takes to win.
Last week, Tim Tebow successfully led the Broncos to an overtime victory over the stingy Pittsburgh defense, and Les Miles and his Tigers laid an egg against Bama… What gives???
The Broncos were huge underdogs, the Tigers were favored to win and to that point had completed (arguably) one of the best single season performances in NCAA history…
Both teams have dynamic leadership–the Broncos with Tebow, and LSU with a head coach known for gutsy calls: Les Miles, dubbed “The Mad Hatter.”
So why did LSU lay an egg?
Tim Tebow had the guts to “pull the trigger”… Les Miles left his “manhood” on the bus.
Anyone who watched these games knows that Tebow brought the fire, the typical competitiveness we all expect to see from the “fiery friar” (<– if that hasn’t been used yet just remember it’s MINE ), Tim didn’t crumble under pressure when it seemed like things were turning around and starting to go the Steelers’ way. He kept fighting. He kept competing. And he had the guts to stand there in the pocket and fire the pass heard ’round the world to DT for an 80 yard game-winning score.
Les Miles, on the other hand, appeared to shy away from the spotlight, and simply couldn’t pull the trigger on critical calls and situations that may have changed the game. In fact… and this KILLS me, especially for his players… the Tigers finished the game without utilizing their last two timeouts and allowed Bama to kill the clock and end the game!
I get it. Trust me. I’ve been there. I know it was beyond highly unlikely and next to impossible that LSU could’ve put up 21 points in that short amount of time at the end of the game had they used their timeouts.
BUT, and you can’t argue this in my opinion, in the National Championship game, in the last game for your seniors who have put 4-5 years of blood, sweat and tears into that program, you HAVE to fight with everything you have until the final whistle.
You HAVE to put it all on the line, not for you, but for your players.
Jordan Jefferson had one of the worst games in a championship in recent memory. He was awful. We all know this. Regardless of whether or not it would have changed the outcome, in this case I think you HAD to give Jarret Lee a shot at running the offense (especially when you’re already calling the game like all hope is lost).
Maybe it gives the offense a spark, maybe it doesn’t. But it’s one of those ballsy calls that you have to have the guts to make, and Les Miles didn’t make it.
Heck, even if you grant him the fact (and I can see that argument) that sticking with Jefferson WAS a gutsy “call”, where were the fake punts, the play-action passes on fourth and short, the little wrinkles in the playbook we’ve all grown used to seeing from Miles’ teams in the past?
ESPECIALLY against a defense that you can’t get past the 50 on with your “bread and butter”.
Instead of putting it all on the line and letting it all hang out (hey, there’s no tomorrow in Championship ballgame), Les called the game like he was scared. Like he was scared to let it all hang out and still fail, and for THAT I lost a lot of respect for Les Miles.
One thing’s for sure about Tebow, like him or hate him, I don’t think the kid has EVER quit on a game intentionally, no matter what the outcome was, and that’s something I think everyone can respect.
Tonight Tebow gets a shot against Tom Brady and the Patriots, and most think it’ll be a blowout. Me? I think the Broncos have a shot to surprise some people if Denver can protect the ball and get some pressure on Brady. One thing is for sure though, if you want to see two QB’s who’ve got ZERO QUIT in them go at it, you’d best check out that game tonight.
Until next time, FIGHT YOUR TAIL OFF… and don’t forget to BRING IT in crunch-time…