Ed Orgeron details how staff will handle special teams without a coordinator
On Ed Orgeron’s LSU staff, every unit and position group has a designated on-field coach, except one – special teams. Orgeron had hoped to add a 10th assistant to his staff, but the NCAA’s implementation of that policy appears to be coming in December instead of April, as previously rumored.
At his spring practice press conference, Orgeron revealed that his current staff will be taking an all-hands-on-deck approach to special teams. The LSU coach listed several assistant coaches as all having a hand in special teams coaching duties.
“On special teams, we will split up the duties between each assistant coach, and our guys are excited,” Orgeron said Tuesday during his press conference. “Tommie Robinson will lead one, Dennis Johnson will lead a couple of them, Corey Raymond will lead some, Mickey Joseph will lead some, Jeff Grimes will lead some. It will be an outstanding, cohesive effort between our staff.
“I want to say this to you: we have Greg McMahon as our special teams analyst, and Greg can only coach the coaches. He will not coach on the field. He will not coach in the meeting room. But he has done a tremendous job. It’s amazing to see a guy with 11 years of experience as special teams coordinator – the knowledge and technical expertise that he has brought to our special teams. I expect a tremendous, tremendous improvement in our special teams.”
Of course, the plan for the special teams unit will likely change if the NCAA approves the addition of an additional full-time, on-the-field assistant for each FBS program. If the NCAA approves the move, McMahon could become the team’s special teams coordinator.
Orgeron was asked what will happen if the 10th assistant is not approved by the NCAA.
“The formula we have now is what I plan to go with throughout the season (in that scenario),” Orgeron answered.
In order to learn how to coach special teams, Orgeron’s staff will be learning from analyst Greg McMahon. The former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator joined the staff in February. Orgeron let go of former special teams coordinator Bradley Dale Peveto soon after being named the full-time head coach.