Ed Orgeron introduces his offensive staff hires, direction of offense
As LSU coach Ed Orgeron has revamped his offense with a pair of staff hires in new offensive coordinator Jake Peetz, and passing game coordinator D.J. Mangas, both hired from the Carolina Panthers, the offense will have a different look in 2021.
At a press conference on Wednesday, Orgeron explained how LSU wants to get back to the offensive success it produced during the 2019 national championship season. He discussed how Peetz and Mangas each bring new blood and younger energy to the staff to run the spread offense.
Orgeron said Steve Ensminger was a pro-style coach who learned the spread in 2019 while Joe Brady was at LSU. With Peetz and Mangas, Orgeron wanted to return to that philosophy, and he said he’s excited about the offense.
“I think of empty package, look overs, guys wide open running down the field,” Orgeron said of what he remembers from the 2019 offense. “Making tremendous explosive plays, but also a short passing game. I think Joe Burrow making some tremendous calls at the line of scrimmage. I think of Steve Ensminger and Joe Brady making some tremendous calls in championship games. Giving the balls to our playmakers in space and letting them play.”
Orgeron explained what needed to change on offense, and why he did it.
“I’m very appreciative of the job Steve Ensminger did, I love Steve, played here, great Tiger, great friend of mine, he helped me out when I needed a change,” Orgeron said. “When I needed to change the culture in that offensive room, and he did it. He brought tremendous leadership, like I said he was like John Wayne every day. But he was getting older and I knew it was time for him to retire. I could feel it, he’s getting tired. He gets in the offense in the morning at 5:00, gets out at 10:00. It was just time, I felt it. I wanted to go back to the things that we were doing. But Steve was a pro style coach and he learned the spread under Joe. … I wanted to bring the guys that were experts in the spread offense and I got both them and I’m so excited about it.”