Reaching for the Joe Brady coaching tree? LSU reportedly looking at NFL to fill out staff
LSU had a historical season two years ago, and the Tigers may be looking to bring some of that coaching personnel back to Baton Rouge after one member of the staff got a taste of the NFL.
That’s the reporting from Pete Thamel of Yahoo, who has reported that LSU is meeting this week with Panthers QB coach Jake Peetz and offensive assistant DJ Mangas. Peetz is targeted as the OC and Mangas as the pass game coordinator. Both worked under Joe Brady in Carolina, and Mangas was an LSU analyst during 2019 title season.
The moves would fill out the offensive staff after coach Ed Orgeron is trying to replace Steve Ensminger, the offensive coordinator, who retired, and Scott Linehan, who has parted ways with the Tigers.
Peetz was named Carolina’s quarterbacks coach under new head coach Matt Rhule in January 2020, according to his Carolina bio. He spent the 2019 season with the Panthers as running backs coach. Peetz has 10 years of NFL experience, including with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2008-12), Washington Redskins (2014) and Oakland Raiders (2015-17).
Before he was with LSU, Mangas spent two years as the second-youngest offensive coordinator in Division I football at William & Mary College in 2017 and 2018. Before William & Mary, Mangas had a pair of one-year stints at Georgetown and Hampden-Sydney College. He began his coaching career as a student assistant at William & Mary immediately following his playing career.