Reading the post "The Consequences at Arkansas" and going through the comments, one by Yail Bloor gave me an epiphany. Here is the part of that comment:
Hang around and win 9 or 10 every year and eventually you can luck into a championship. Ask Mack brown, or philip fulmer, or gene stallings, or steve spurrier, or 75% of the coaches with titles.
It hit me when I read that comment that we are INCREDIBLY lucky to have Les Miles as a coach. For all of the super smart guys, the James Franklins, Gus Malzahns, Chris Petersons, Rich Rodriguez's, Mack Brown, Bob Stoops, Frank Beamers, Chip Kellys...all of the gurus, how many of them end up not winning championships?
And the ones that do, how do they do it? Just like Yail said. They are consistently very good, and then every once in a while they make the leap up to great when the breaks go the right way. One thing we've all noticed, is the breaks the last year or so have NOT gone our way. We had one of the greatest football seasons in college football history last year in SPITE of the bad breaks we got. There a lot of programs (including very good, very respectable ones like Texas) who would be put in that situation and say, "Oh well, too bad. It was never gonna work out for us this year because we had the most difficult schedule this decade/lost our quarterback for a third of the season/quarterback controversy when he came back/both quarterbacks were horrible anyways/lose Heisman trophy candidate and two other starters for a key rivalry game"...do I need to go on?
As far as I'm concerned, the great coaches, the "geniuses" win 9 or 10 every year and then get the breaks every once in a while (or never). We have Les Miles. He was probably in that category the first several years he was here, but now that he has a staff (one that looks like a career staff, they're happy being assistants at a great program) like this it is incredible. We have DOMINATED everyone the last two years, except for Alabama obviously, and we split with them.
You know what it reminds me of a little bit? Alabama-Florida a couple of years ago. They CRUSHED everyone else, were head and shoulders above, and then would have a one-game season against each other. Sometimes it would be close, sometimes it wouldn't, but the level of domination outside of themselves was unbelievable.
This has been kind of a rant, but it brings me to my main and final point: The stage this program is at right now is incredible. Whether it lasts another year or another decade, this is amazing. The level of dominance LSU has displayed is matched by only a few other programs this decade: USC under Carroll (the Palmer-Leinart/Bush years), Florida with Tebow and Meyer, and Alabama under Saban. It's time to recognize and appreciate Miles for what he is: a truly ELITE coach.