Ed Orgeron reflects on Jake Peetz hire after OC reportedly left practice in frustration last week
Things are weird in Baton Rouge.
First, there was this clip circling on social media wherein broadcasters during LSU’s recent game with Arkansas that offensive coordinator Jake Peetz told his quarterbacks during the week they needed to stay and do some extra work after practice… but he didn’t stay with them.
Here’s the video, Peetz told them to stay extra https://t.co/tuLwCryiuI pic.twitter.com/DwOqwaS6Xr
— T-Bob Hebert (@TBob53) November 15, 2021
“Quarterbacks didn’t have a great week of practice, according to Jake Peetz,” you hear from the booth. “In fact, on Wednesday, (Peetz) was so upset, he left them with the script and said, ‘Practice is over, you guys need to stay out here and keep running things.’ And they did.”
LSU has already lost one quarterback to the transfer portal this month in Myles Brennan, and the play from the two left behind left a lot to be desired during Saturday’s game against Arkansas. Despite not being the starter, Garrett Nussmeier played more snaps, though he went 18-for-31 for 179 yards with 2 interceptions. Max Johnson was 3-for-6 for 21. Nussmeier had a QBR of 27.9, Johnson was at 37.2.
The Tigers (4-6, 2-5 SEC) are 8th in the conference in average yards per pass attempt and boast the 3rd-worst team completion rate in the league. Peetz is in his first season running the offense at LSU, coming over in the offseason after two years with the Carolina Panthers and former OC Joe Brady.
On Monday, coach Ed Orgeron offered up an even stranger tidbit on Peetz.
Ed Orgeron on Jake Peetz: "The one thing I did was trust Joe Brady. I knew there'd be a learning curve. I won't say it was a mistake. It's not like they're not looking, it's just their experience level may not be what I wanted for this job."#LSU
— Glen West (@glenwest21) November 15, 2021
Aside from 1-year pitstops at Alabama as an analyst in 2013 and 2018, Peetz had been an assistant in the NFL since 2012 before coming on board this offseason.
LSU plays UL Monroe on Saturday at home. Kickoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
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