LSU's Orgeron on Brees' injury: 'I know how much he means to all of us'

Tigers head coach said he feels for the Saints QB

Amos Morale III
September 16, 2019 - 3:02 pm

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees could be out for an extended period of time after injuring his thumb in Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron said he “felt bad” when he heard the news about Brees’ injury.

“I felt bad for him, his family, the Saints, and the state of Louisiana because I know how much he means to all of us,” Orgeron said. “I was talking to some quarterback recruits last night, and to remind them how much that they mean to their team -- not in a selfish way, but the quarterback is the man, especially when he's a great one.”

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Naturally, his attention turned to his own starting quarterback, Joe Burrow, who is in the midst of a record breaking season with the Tigers. Orgeron said it will be important for the Tigers to try and keep Burrow healthy.

“I’m still going to have to remind Joe to run out of bounds,” Orgeron said. “He ain't going to want to run out of bounds. I'll have to remind him to do it. Joe means a lot to our football team. Joe is becoming an elite quarterback, and I've been a part of three Heisman Trophy winners, Gino Torretta, Carson Palmer, and Matt Leinart -- and I've seen a lot of similarities or maybe some things even better that I remember those guys doing.

“So he could become that quarterback. Still has a ways to go, but he's going to have to protect himself.”

Orgeron said the Tigers also trying to find as many reps as they can for their backup quarterback Myles Brennan and that he’s confident in the sophomore if Burrow were unable to play.

“We feel, if something were to happen with Joe, then Myles would do fine,” Orgeron said. “Is he Joe yet? No. Does he have a chance to be that good? We think he does.”

Orgeron said the Tigers coaching staff was particularly impress with Burrow who completed nearly 86 percent of his passes in the Tigers’ 65-14 win against Northwestern State Saturday. Orgeron said Wednesday that Burrow is playing with a lot of confidence. 

“Last year, when he came in, I think he was unsure of the offense. So he wasn't letting the ball go as quick as he wanted to,” Orgeron said. “He's improved his arm strength. He's in better condition this year. 

“I think he's able to extend plays with his feet, as you saw last week, and that's when he's really dangerous. Again, the receivers that we have are not dropping the football. They're catching everything that you could possibly imagine. I think it's a combination of all those things.”

The Tigers have an early kickoff Saturday with the matchup against set to start at 11 a.m. CST and Orgeron said he expects LSU to be ready to play.  

“We're going to bed early at 9 p.m.,” he said. “We're going to get up, have a call out meeting at 7 a.m., wake them up. We're going through the same itinerary that we did against Louisville. We got our work cut out for us to get the guys going, get them going early in the morning, but we'll get it done.”

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