Working on a fix

A little more than 12 hours after walking off of the field at the Swamp, Les Miles was already working towards correcting the mistakes from the Tigers' worst loss under the fourth-year headman.

“I think that Florida put a heck of a game together, and they played well,” Miles said at his Sunday briefing. “You have to think that they had some ability, and certainly, it appeared to us, they did thereafter…We didn’t play as well as we were capable in several spots and really, all three phases. It’s my job to get it fixed, and I didn’t anticipate it.”
Miles credited Florida for playing a good game and acknowledged that his team was ready to play. The Tigers just made too many mistakes and will need to play better in several areas to reach their goals.
“There are some guys that in all phases – offense, defense and special teams – are going to play better,” said Miles. “Certainly, with age and experience, we can expect better play, and some guys made some mistakes that are tough to explain, and certainly, they feel like when we meet tomorrow morning that they’ll need to execute better.”
The team will meet on Monday morning at its regularly scheduled 6:45 meeting and they will talk about the mistakes that were made and then start correcting them.
While there will be plenty of talk about busted coverages and mental lapses, the players will also hear about the things that pleased Miles on Saturday.
“I saw a darn good effort. I saw a number of defensive guys playing their butts off, and a bust or a poor fit and a missed tackle, and then, with a lack of offense, a predictable offense, just created points that were hard to surmount,” he said.
Something else that made Miles happy was the play of sophomore defensive tackle Drake Nevis.
Nevis, who started for an injured Ricky Jean-Francois, recorded five solo tackles, including two for loss.
“He had a great week of practice and was very deserving,” Miles said. “He’s a great effort guy. I think that we rotate those guys based on performance on Saturdays and how they practice, but I think both Nevis and (Marlon) Favorite played well.”
Jarrett Lee made his first start on the road and the redshirt freshman rotated with Andrew Hatch. LSU will need more consistent play going forward and Miles hopes that his young signal callers will grow from their experience at Florida.
“It is our greatest desire that this quarterback tandem that we have will perform to our expectations and to theirs and that we will do a better job in handling things that they can do on the road,” said Miles. “It’s not a talent thing, no question.”
With a trip to South Carolina coming up next Saturday there isn’t a lot of time to correct the mistakes that the coaches saw.
However, according to Miles the fix is not far away.
Injury Update
The Tigers appear to have come out of the Florida game without any significant injuries.
Richard Dickson had a bruise on his lower leg and even though there are reports that he is walking around in a boot, Miles said he should practice this week and play against the Gamecocks.
Patrick Peterson cramped up but will be good to go on Monday, and Miles said that Darry Beckwith and Charles Alexander “both held up well”. Although he did say that Alexander is still “a little nicked” and needs some more time to get close to 100 percent.
As for Ricky Jean-Francois, Miles said that there was no word on his status and they will see what he can do in practice this week. 

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