Oct. 16, 2016
Ed Orgeron Could Be Blessing LSU Needs
Computer has been in the shop so I did not get a chance to comment on the recent coaching change in Baton Rouge. First of all, I am on record saying that the coaching change was a must. It showed in a big way in the first game of the new era when Missouri came to Death Valley to face the Tigers, but as rumors swirl around Houston coach Tom Herman.... I am not so sure that the best guy for the job isn't the man with it now, Ed Orgeron.
First things first, I have been in favor of a coaching change for years... years... LSU's offense has been horrible pretty much since the Tiger's lost the 2011 BCS National Championship to Alabama 21-0. The issue with the offense has been a lack of creativeness, lack of imagination, lack of pace, and just being downright predictable. LSU has the most active NFL players of any school and many of them offensive stars like, Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, Jeremy Hill, and Zach Mettenberger. With names like that having played on your team, it is unacceptable to have that many offensive stars and always struggle on the offense. The Auburn game, which was the exclamation point of three years of horrible offense (with pretty decently recruited quarterbacks), was a struggle punctuated with a late game clock management issue. In the end, Les Miles just refused to change. Like your grandfather that refuses to get a smart phone. He stuck with his outdated, I formation, run the ball type of offense and watched as more sophisticated schemes caught up to his talent.
Then out goes Les and in comes Coach O. The impact on the team was seen instantly, and not even through any major changes. Their were three philosophical changes and one scheme change. The two philosophical changes were that they played with more tempo and the other was they were throwing to set up the run instead of the way they did vice versa. The play fakes and screens were executed more crisply, the slants and play action kept the defense guessing, and LSU made Missouri look like an inferior team with inferior talent (which they are). It is only one game, but the one game was the best offensive game seen in a long time for the Tigers.
On top of Steve Ensminger seemingly haven jump started the offense, Ed Orgeron is one of the nations best recruiters along with being one of the best defensive line coaches in the business. Not too mention Les Miles left one of the best coaching staffs in the country behind to help Coach O. To show his dedication to his new position, Coach O spent this weekend that was cancelled due Hurricane Matthew out recruiting.
If I am LSU athletic director Joe Alleva, I am strongly considering keeping Coach O in the situation he is in. The future of LSU football would be very bright with the Louisiana Native at the helm.