Saban reflects on Troy, looks to Vandy

LSU head football coach Nick Saban addressed members of the media at his weekly luncheon held Monday afternoon in the fifth floor conference room of the LSU Athletic Administration Building.

Opening statement... "In looking at the tape, obviously there were some problems in terms of the fundamental execution of what we did in the game. I think when things don't go the way you want them to, you have to be specific about what the problem was, and there were two basic problems in the game. First of all, we could not run the ball very effectively in the game. That's because we fundamentally didn't execute what we had practiced in a way we were supposed to do it so that we didn't have an opportunity to really make any holes on a consistent basis for our running backs to make the plays and it creates the kind of balance in our offense that we'd like to have. So it was about fundamental execution of what we need to do, and that's something that we need to improve on, work on and get fixed so that we can do it on a more consistent basis. They were quick up front, the moved a lot, we missed them and made some mental errors in terms of who we blocked at times. That's got to get corrected.

"The second thing was the turnovers and the field position created by the turnovers. Most of the time, turnovers happened because of technical execution as well. You throw the ball the wrong place relative to how you read the coverage or you don't throw it to the right guy based on where you're supposed to throw it. Sometimes you can have not such a good play call in whatever the coverage is that they're playing, and you've got to make a good choice and decision. Turnovers usually happen because of fundamental execution in what you do -- how you carry the ball, if you swing the ball around, you will fumble.

"Defensively we had several opportunities. We caused one fumble in the game. We didn't get it. We had our hands on two balls that we could have intercepted, but we didn't get either one of them. We need to start finishing some of those plays. But we need to keep playing and competing in the game like we have and not worry about trying to create a turnover and by doing that miss a tackle and have a guy run for a touchdown. So you can actually make this something bigger than it is and I think when you put yourself in that position, like we did, we left the team in the game. We could have got ahead in the game. Maybe we would have been able to play a little different style. They would have been able to play a little different style. And that might have affected the plays that we would have been able to make. We have to improve and prove that we can play better football on a more consistent basis in terms of technical fundamental execution. Everybody has to believe that that's what's important. It's not who you are or what you are or what you think you want to be, it's what you need to do to get where you want to get to. That's what we have to focus on. I think that's very important for our team right now.

On Vanderbilt... "Vanderbilt has a pretty good team. They've won two games and they've lost three games by a total of nine points, one of those games in overtime. Their quarterback is an outstanding player. He's been starting for a long time and he hasn't thrown many interceptions. They play hard on defense. They don't beat themselves very much. They don't make a lot of mistakes. They are sound and solid on special teams. So this is going to be a challenging team for us. Their offense presents some different problems. They do a lot of things on offense. Option is one big part of their offensive scheme that we have not faced this year and something that we're going to have to work very hard as well as their ability to throw the ball and run a normal offense. But they do a lot of formations, a lot of adjustments are necessary and you've got to stay sound on solid on the option in just about everything that you do. So that's going to be a real challenge for us this week.

On LSU's injury situation... "From an injury standpoint (running back) Joseph Addai and (defensive end) Melvin Oliver will have red jerseys (non-contact) on today. There's some other guys that have some little things that may be not full speed but nothing that should be a problem and I don't think that either one of these guys have anything that's going to be a long term problem.

On LSU's Players of the Week against Troy... "Our players of the game in the last game: You know, Kyle Williams and Marcus Spears had a lot of production points and played extremely well. Buster Davis has been playing really well all year long and had a really good game in this game offensively and continues to be one of the guys that has played most consistently throughout the season."

On Marcus Randall's play in clutch situations ... "Some guys do things a little bit better when they don't have a lot of time to think about it. I don't know why that is, but because I think they just kind of react and play their instincts and make their reads and go for it. I think sometimes, when they have a chance to think about it, you can say well they might do this and they might do that and you can talk yourself out of it. We all do that in choices and decisions we make from time to time. Most of the time your first instinct is your best instinct and I think sometimes when you have to hurry up and you don't think a lot about it. Maybe that's why. I'm not sure but that's always something that I've always kind of speculated."

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