Ed Orgeron addresses speculation that Joe Brady could move on to the NFL
LSU continues to remain in the sports headlines even outside of the national championship as the Tigers have seen their passing game coordinator, Joe Brady, come up as a possible candidate for an NFL offensive coordinator position.
Ed Orgeron was asked how he keeps that from being a distraction during a segment on 104.5 ESPN Baton Rouge on the “Off the Bench” program. Orgeron reiterated similar comments he’s made before as he noted that Athletics Director Scott Woodward began discussions about Brady’s future with LSU during the first open week of the season.
“The school made a good plan, and I believe that we’re in great shape,” Orgeron said. “Joe is happy here at LSU and obviously things can happen. But I think we’re in great shape. We’re going to discuss his final situation after we finish. I believe Joe is going to be a LSU Tiger. Obviously he’s going to be a head coach one day, he’s a hot ticket, great young man, but I’m glad we’ve got him as an LSU Tiger.”
A report from the NFL Network earlier this week suggested Brady could be paired with Baltimore defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale if Martindale lands a head coaching job.
Orgeron added that OL Damien Lewis’ early prognosis was more positive that they thought. Lewis was carted off against Oklahoma.
“Maybe we’d have to do some work on him but it looks like we won’t,” Orgeron said. “Obviously he’ll have to have a lot of rehab, we’ll know more next week but he ain’t going to practice this week. We think we may have him for the game but we’ll have to see how far he gets this week.”
Orgeron added that things appear positive about Michael Divinity returning to the team, but a final decision has not been made. Divinity tweeted, “See Y’all Back in My City on January 13th.”
Orgeron was asked about offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger coaching in the Peach Bowl after he learned the news that his daughter-in-law died in a plane crash on the way to the game. Orgeron called Ensminger the “John Wayne of our staff,” and a general leading the offense.
“He was very hurt, very distraught,” Orgeron said. “But he was going to do his job for the Tigers. I’m so proud of Steve and our team.”
Ensminger received the game ball as Orgeron said the coaches told the players after the game.