LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron teases offensive changes

There’s no guarantee that LSU’s offense will immediately become explosive after the departure of coach Les Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. But given interim coach Ed Orgeron’s comments Monday, the offense will sure look different going forward.

Orgeron, speaking to the media for the first time since he was named interim coach after Miles was fired on Sunday, made it clear that LSU would be spreading the field more starting with Saturday’s game vs. Missouri.

“Without giving out a scouting report for our next opponent, we’re going to spread the ball around a little bit. Gonna change the style of play. There’s a lot of things on offense we’ve done well; running the football. We’re going to have a different passing game. Be more creative. Find ways the quarterback can get the ball down the field.”

With Cameron gone, LSU’s new offensive coordinator is Steve Ensminger. Orgeron also mentioned LSU staffer Steve Kragthorpe when it came to changing the offense, though he noted that Kragthorpe wouldn’t be in an official coaching capacity. The former Louisville coach was named LSU’s offensive coordinator before taking a non-coaching capacity job after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

LSU has run for 767 yards in four games this season while throwing for just 591 yards. Quarterbacks Brandon Harris and Danny Etling have gone 54-of-99 passing with three interceptions and four touchdowns. And if those stats weren’t bad enough when it came to the passing game, the Tigers are averaging almost as many yards per carry (5.6) as they are per pass (6.0).

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Ed Orgeron was USC's interim coach in 2013 after Lane Kiffin was fired (Getty).
Ed Orgeron was USC’s interim coach in 2013 after Lane Kiffin was fired (Getty).

Orgeron also mentioned that the team would have someone devoted to game-management situations. Poor clock management meant LSU’s final drive vs. Auburn fell short on Saturday, dropping the Tigers to 2-2.

“We are going to work very hard on clock management,” Orgeron said. “Going to have someone specifically in charge of clock management and game management and that’s all they’re going to do. Hopefully we can do a better job.”

Orgeron, a former head coach at Ole Miss, was USC’s interim coach in 2013 after Lane Kiffin was fired following a 3-2 start. USC finished the season 7-2, though Orgeron left the team before the bowl game because he wasn’t seriously considered for the permanent head coaching gig. With the talent LSU has, it doesn’t take much to think that LSU will have a similar finish to the 2016 season that the Trojans did three years ago.

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