LSU has had to replace twice as many assistant coaches since the start of this season, and Ed Orgeron has taken a different approach to rebuilding his coaching staff.
“When I was interviewing,” Orgeron said Monday at the SEC Kickoff in Hoover, Alabama, “I was pretending to be one of our players. I want to see how they will communicate with them.
“I did my research. I want to know how they interact with the players. Everyone can be in a way with an interview; I want to know what they are like every day. “
Offensive coordinator Jake Peetz and defensive coordinator Daronte Jones are both first-time coordinators.
“One thing I was impressed with was their leadership,” said Orgeron. “I think they are excellent leaders.”
Peetz worked for Joe Brady last year with the Carolina Panthers, while Jones spent a season under Dave Aranda at Wisconsin before moving to the NFL.
“Relying on former coordinators that I trust is very important,” says Orgeron. “That’s about 80 percent of it.”
Other freshman assistants on the Tigers staff are coordinator DJ Mangas, attack coach Brad Davis, attack coach Blake Baker and defense coach Andre Carter. Only four out of 10 field assistants are from 2020 or later.
While the majority of those at the top of the meetings will be newcomers, those in the front row will be familiar faces.
“(Picture) Austin Deculus was instrumental in getting our entire offensive line back,” said Orgeron.
Jones is switching the Tigers’ defense to a 4-3 this season, but it’s not just the formation that needs to change this fall.
“We have to get rid of explosive plays,” said Orgeron. “We had too many explosive games, too many missed missions. We will simplify things. We’ll let our boys play… and make plays. “
Orgeron said Myles Brennan and Max Johnson go into pre-season camp as the battle for quarterbacks begins.
“I think it’s healthy for our team,” he said. “I believe in both midfielders. Both are major championships. “
While neither Brennan nor Johnson are expected to perform as Joe Burrow did during the 2019 national championship season, Orgeron is looking for similar attributes for offense, especially when Peetz is involved. and Mangam led the way.
“I want to see the same kinds of plays, the same kinds of adjustments (like 2019).
Orgeron favors the same-name-image rules that were in place this summer.
“Anything we can legally give players, I think they deserve it,” said Orgeron, noting that his program has an off-court staff. crowding grass to help their efforts. “A lot of our people are self-employed. I hope when we get into the dressing room the focus is on football.
“I will turn 60 this summer. Football has changed and I will change with it. “
After a season of all conference games because of COVID-19, LSU will open with two non-conference games in 2021 – first trip to the Rose Bowl to play UCLA September 4th before opening score next Saturday against the McNeese team backed by Orgeron’s son, Cody.
“I’m so excited to be playing UCLA,” said Orgeron. “I’m happy to play my son.”
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