LSU Tigers head coach Brian Kelly may have made a big mistake this week ahead of his team’s matchup with the Tennessee Vols.
Kelly met with reporters earlier this week to discuss LSU’s upcoming game against Tennessee.
The first-year Tigers head coach told reporters that he’s urged LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels to be more aggressive in the passing game.
Daniels, like Vols quarterback Hendon Hooker, hasn’t thrown an interception this season.
Not turning the ball over almost always makes head coaches happy, but Daniels’ conservative approach has resulted in a lack of big plays for the Tigers.
Kelly wants to see that change. And while he doesn’t want to see a ton of turnovers from Daniels, he’s alright if he throws some interceptions as long as he’s making splash plays, too.
“We’re way too conservative right now,” said Kelly earlier this week. “I don’t want to throw interceptions or turn the ball over. We haven’t thrown any. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but if you’re looking to be aggressive, you’re going to throw an interception because somebody made a great play. You trust that you’re going to throw it in there and we need Jayden [Daniels] to be a little more on that edge and be a little more aggressive.”
Part of the reason LSU has won four games this season is because they haven’t turned the ball over.
And now that could be changing with Kelly wanting Daniels to change his approach. While I understand his frustration with a lack of big plays, I think Kelly is probably overestimating Daniels’ abilities to consistently make those big plays. Daniels doesn’t seem to trust himself when it comes to making those plays.
Essentially, if Daniels follows his head coach’s advice this weekend against Tennessee, there’s a good chance we see the Vols’ defensive backs have a breakout game.
I’m not sure Kelly telling his quarterback to be more aggressive and not to worry about an interception or two was the best idea before the grind of the SEC schedule hits.
Tennessee could end up being the benefactor of Kelly’s misstep this week.
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