LSU and head coach Ed Orgeron are showing interest in several possible offensive coordinators that run an innovative offense that the Tigers have been missing in years past.
The one knock on LSU over the past several years has been its offense and lack of creativity with getting the ball into playmakers’ hands.
New head coach Ed Orgeron is making it a priority to fix that. According to USA Today, Orgeron and his staff are focusing on offensive coordinators that will rejuvenate the Tigers, and appease a fan base that has grown tired of seeing defensive efforts being wasted due to ineffective offenses.
Former Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich, former Texas offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert, and Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Matt Canada are all reportedly being targeted by Orgeron as men that can bring in a new style and take advantage of the overwhelming talent that the Tigers have on the offensive side of the ball. Of course, this is if Orgeron does not get his main target, Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, whom he has worked with at both Tennessee and USC in the past.
The number one responsibility for whoever accepts the position will be to find a quarterback that is both consistent and a threat down the field, something that LSU has not had since Zach Mettenberger. The Tigers struggled mightily this season, finishing No. 101 in the nation in passing offense, averaging 187.6 yards per game through the air. Pure ineffectiveness cost Brandon Harris his starting job after three games, and backup Danny Etling was not much better. It was the same story with Anthony Jennings before them.
After LSU fired Les Miles in late September along with offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, Steve Ensminger assumed the role of offensive play-caller for the rest of the season.