Deja vu for Chief

An LSU defense coordinated by John Chavis limited Florida to 13 points last Saturday, the lowest total of Urban Meyer's 4 1/2-year tenure in Gainesville. The Tigers lost 13-3, however, because of an utterly impotent attack that mustered just 162 yards of total offense.

Frustrating? Sure. But Chavis should be getting accustomed to that by now.

The third-lowest point total in a Gator win under Meyer - 16 points - occurred in 2005 against Tennessee. The Vols' defensive coordinator that year? John Chavis. Yet, he was on the losing end that night also (16-7) because of an impotent UT offense.

Strangely enough, the guy known as "Chief" has fielded some of the best defenses of his career in recent years only to have them neutralized by inept offenses.

Consider these three shining examples:

2005 at Tennessee: Chavis' troops ranked first in the SEC and second nationally in rushing defense, surrendering just 82.5 yards per game. The '05 Vols allowed just four runs of 20 yards or more and a mere four second-half touchdowns that fall. They surrendered a modest 298.2 yards of total offense per game. Chavis' achievements that season were neutralized, however, by a Vol offense that averaged just 18.6 points and 326.3 yards per game.

2008 at Tennessee: Chavis' stop unit ranked third nationally in total defense (263.5 yards), fourth nationally in pass defense (160.4 yards) and 10th nationally in scoring defense (16.8 points per game). Once again, however, the excellence of his troops was offset by the ineptitude of the Big Orange offense. The '08 Vols ranked 115th among the 119 NCAA programs in total offense (268.8 yards per game), 107th in passing (145.8 yards per game) and 110th in scoring (17.3 points per game).

2009 at LSU: Chavis' stop unit is allowing more yards than usual (322.5 per game) but the Tigers still rank No. 14 nationally in scoring defense, allowing a paltry 14.5 points per game. LSU's shot at posting a spectacular season is severely hampered, however, by an attack that ranks dead last among the 12 SEC programs in total offense (295.0 yards per game), 11th in scoring offense (23.0 points per game), 11th in rushing (123.8 yards per game) and 10th in passing (171.2 yards per game).

Every time John Chavis fields a really good defense it seems to be undermined by a really bad offense. That's got to be a frustrating coincidence for the former Vol aide.

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