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Les Miles Stuck with Jordan Jefferson Over Jarrett Lee Because of His Mobility

Jarrett Lee was LSU’s leading passer during the season, throwing for 1,306 yards, 14 touchdowns and three interceptions, but he did not see the field in the National Championship Game. Lee struggled in the November 5th win over Alabama, getting pulled after going 3/7 for 24 yards and two interceptions. Fellow senior quarterback Jordan Jefferson finished the game going 6-10 for 67 yards. He also ran for 43 on 11 carries in the 9-6 victory.

Even though Jefferson was awful against Alabama in the National Championship Game, the first meeting between the teams must have been enough to convince coach Les Miles that Lee was unsuited to face the Crimson Tide. Miles never pulled Jefferson Monday no matter how much the quarterback struggled.

He explained his decision after the loss.

“We felt like with Jordan Jefferson’s feet and ability to move and get out of the rush, it was fair that he finished,” he told ESPN’s Erin Andrews.

Miles repeated the same idea to the rest of the media.

“We did consider Jarrett Lee, but with the pass rush…we needed a mobile quarterback,” Miles said.

The calls for Jarrett Lee to play came during halftime. They were incessant late in the third and fourth quarter when the Tigers weren’t doing much. But I understood why Miles stuck with Jefferson.

Lee went LSU already knew what Lee did against Alabama and they felt Jefferson gave them the best shot of winning. Even though they hadn’t produced, they were only down by two scores almost the entire second half. All it would have taken was two big plays on offense to catch up. Even on their second-to-last drive that ended in a fumble, I still thought sticking with Jefferson was the right move.

Everyone calling for Jarrett Lee forgets what a disaster he was in the first meeting. With the way Alabama’s defense was playing, almost all college quarterbacks would have struggled. I highly doubt it would have been different for Lee.



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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Soren-Kay/100001270456452 Soren Kay

    “Lee went LSU already knew what Lee did against Alabama and they felt Jefferson gave them the best shot of winning”

    “Lee went LSU already knew what Lee did against Alabama and they felt Jefferson gave them the best shot of winning”

    Oh please, Les Miles f’d up big time. There was absolutely no reason to keep Jefferson in that game the drive after the drive Jefferson threw the interception.

  • Gustavo Douaihi

    “Everyone calling for Jarrett Lee forgets what a disaster he was in the first meeting.”

    What about the disaster Jefferson was in the second meeting? He was a disaster from the very beginning. An even bigger disaster than Lee in the first meeting. I’m not suggesting that Lee is the greatest qb in history, but clearly Jefferson was having a really bad night – why not put him aside and at a minimum see if Lee can do better? Why not give him ONE series?

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Agree, he was a disaster, but like I said, I still thought he gave them their best chance late in the game. I wouldn’t have argued had they pulled him after the INT and given Lee a series.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UCCICJB2A2ZSG534ZIOHLRFL2A Nikkita Michelle

    He threw away an undefeated season keeping that kid in the game.  He also ruined this kid’s hopes of being drafted in the first round of the NFL draft.   He also embarassed the school.

  • http://twitter.com/gardeniagrrl denise calhoun

    Lee wasn’t near the disaster Jefferson was last night. He was an embarrassment. Miles should have put Lee in the game.