You'd be figuring wrong.
Miles was as loose as he's ever been, so much so that he even pulled the Band-Aid off the biggest question of the day without much drama at all.
The biggest topic of the day was whether the three players suspended for the Oct. 22 Auburn game for allegedly failing an athletic department administered drug test will return to play the Crimson Tide.
"There will be no players withheld from this game," Miles said. "They will be allowed to come to the field and play when capable."
Pressed for clarification, Miles said "No, there's nobody on this team suspended."
Moments later when asked if Spencer Ware, Tyrann Mathieu and Tharold Simon would return to their starting spots, Miles said "I would expect that they would play as they have in the past, period."
That was as tense as it got Monday as Miles was relaxed and playful during his 30-minute session.
He said later in the session he didn't expect this week to be normal.
"I don't think coaching normally is what we're going to do, nor do I think playing normally is what we're going to do," Miles said. "I think we will line up in normal positions, I think we will play our technique better than we've played it. I think that we will coach our guys with greater skill to teach. I think that the points that we will make will be more pointed to game plan more than ever. This is not necessarily the normal week."
--- On the bye week and coming back to work to face Alabama:
"The open week kinda hit us just right. I felt like the team needed a little bit of a break.
"The feel that this team has, I think they have the right mental approach, I think they have the right physical approach to big games. I think they're looking forward to working hard, I think they're looking forward to preparing. We take some advantages into the game."
"We recognize we're playing a very, very quality opponent. Our defense will be challenged by a very potent running and passing attack."
"Their defense obviously is statistically as good as there is.
--- On his players preparing the way they have all season:
"You want to allow your guys to focus and prepare.
"I want our guys to do what they've been doing – going out to practice wide-eyed, playing hard and having fun. Playing like they're capable because I think that's good enough.
"Once I've prepared the team and I feel like I've done a quality job, I want them to play with a freedom, read their keys, do the things they're supposed to but then at that point and time where there's an opportunity to make a dominant play, go make that play."
--- On how he felt when he was interviewed before big games as a player:
"Nobody interviewed me before a big game, are you kidding me. I was an ‘also traveled, also played.'
--- A new week and media from the Alabama area brought new questions about the two-quarterback system:
"We have a different starting quarterback, and the things that he'll do we'll really focus on first and foremost. Jordan Jefferson will play a very key role in Saturday's contest. How much he'll play, I'm not certain. The things he does and does well will be oiled up and ready to play.
"I think the experienced quarterbacks will give us certain advantages at running our offense and doing some things we want to do."
--- On not wanting his players to get too jacked up:
"I want our guys to play with emotion and passion and, frankly, I don't know how high too jacked up is. I just have not seen it. I have not seen where our guys have not been able to play a thinking man's game with the excitement and passion of jacked up."
--- On Crimson Tide QB A.J. McCarron:
"He makes quality decisions, he's very confident with his throws and he's protected pretty well. He's doing the things his coaches are asking him to do."
--- On the role of the LSU linebackers this week against the Alabama running game, led by Heisman Trophy candidate Trent Richardson:
"I see our linebackers really coming of age and playing better. The good news is we have a number of guys that are ready to take the field and play and give us quality reps and they have to play well in this game. This is the game where our linebacker corps is going to have to step in there and plug some gaps and be great tacklers. The good news is we can get some secondary into that as well."
--- On whether his relationship with Alabama coach Nick Saban has gotten better – has the correspondence been better:
"Correspondence would imply a letter and I don't know that we've sent a lot of letters back and forth.
"I have great respect for the very strong and capable coach at Alabama, Nick Saban. You watch how he prepares his team and you watch how they play, and if you don't admire how that happens, then you really don't care much about football. What a wonderful opportunity it is to compete against the best."
--- On whether he has asked his players to tone down their Twitter use this week:
"My Twitter account that I have had for 10 years hasn't really changed much. I think these games are played in between the white lines. I think it's awfully important that you not spoil an opportunity. Our guys have been guided along those lines as we approach this game.
"To be honest with you I told them that we needed no Twitter personalities in this game. We want to honor this opponent and play with our very best effort."
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SIX-PACK: With Kirk McNair Scout.com writers give their predictons
Scout.com writers give their predictons