Ed Orgeron introduces new defensive assistants, shares his vision for defense
LSU coach Ed Orgeron introduced his three new defensive assistants at a press conference on Tuesday as Daronte Jones, Blake Baker and Andre Carter publicly joined the staff with a media introduction.
Jones, the defensive coordinator, will also coach safeties, while Baker will coach linebackers and Carter the defensive line. Jones comes from the Minnesota Vikings, while Carter previously coached with the New York Jets and Orgeron said the NFL experience they bring can really help with players, since they all want to go to the NFL. They know what works in the NFL, and there’s credibility there with the players.
Orgeron said Jones came highly recommended by Dave Aranda and Mike Zimmer. Baker, previously the Miami Hurricanes defensive coordinator, has experience recruiting Louisiana and is from the Houston area where he’s familiar with the recruiting areas as well. Orgeron said he tried to recruit Carter to Southern Cal, but he went to Cal and had “the best get off, and was one of the best rushers I’ve ever seen. … Tremendous coach, tremendous young man.”
Orgeron said the defense will be based out of a 4-3 alignment and his vision with the defense is getting back to LSU defense he remembers as a kid. That means making it tough on opponents, and not giving up easy points.
“I grew up watching LSU defense, getting 11 hats to the ball, being physical, being tough,” Orgeron said. “Not giving up big plays and making it tough to score on. That’s the type of defense we want.”
Orgeron said it was important to get minority coaches on staff who can relate to the players, as well as being great coaches. About Jones, Orgeron added he’s a “very impressive young man.” and the critical part of hiring all three coaches is how they were able to connect and communicate with the players.