98.1 The Eagle's Gordy Rush Expounds on the Quarterback Situation


Baton Rouge radio personality Gordy Rush has put out a video blog, I guess, where he previews the LSU offense.

Here, he starts his discussion of the LSU offense by saying, 

Really, I think a great example of a quarterback that didn't have a great grasp of the offense was Ryan Perrilloux in the SEC Championship Game.  LSU kept it very vanilla, very simple in that game.  Not a whole lot of "check with me" [maybe "check was made?].  What happened in that game was Tennessee and John Chavis, he's famous for being somebody that shows you a lot of fronts, makes a lot of blitzes, makes a lot of things happen, just plays a lot of games.  In a perfect world you would like a quarterback that would be able to recognize what's going on and put you in a better play.  And as a result, there were some times when Tennessee did have some big plays where LSU wasn't necessarily in the best offense that play.  I think really that's one of the plusses that Hatch and Lee bring to the table.

Really?  Why do you think that?  

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It certainly can't be all the big-time college football experience that Hatch & Lee have, because they don't have any.  Lee hasn't been on the field during a game, and Hatch attempted 2 passes last year in garbage time against MTSU.  It can't be everything we've seen of these guys on the field, because, again, we haven't seen them.

I am having a hard time envisioning what is different about Hatch and Lee compared to Perrilloux that would lead one to believe that, even though they are neither as old nor as experienced, nor as long in the system as Perrilloux was, that they would be better on-field decision-makers than Perrilloux.

For all of Perrilloux's faults, he proved to be a decent on-field decision-maker last year, rarely throwing to the wrong man.  Sure, he didn't do a lot of checkoffs, even when he was the main man, but that's to be expected of anyone who hasn't seen a lot of opposing defenses, which is a description that applies equally (or perhaps even more) to Hatch & Lee.  

What could possibly lead Gordy Rush to believe that Perrilloux didn't have a grasp of the playbook?  Or that Hatch & Lee do?  

We may have some guesses as to the attributes that Rush is looking at, but truly the world will never know.  It's certainly not from anything can be demonstrated.  One might think he's looking at factors other than play on the field, but we can never know what those factors might be.

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