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Can it get better for LSU Football? Coach O says yes


By: Mark Menard

LSU is your reigning college football national champion. But that is soooo 2019. So what’s next for the Purple and Gold? Tigers Coach Ed Orgeron checked in during Monday night’s Second Guess Show on WWL Radio to talk about moving his championship program forward without outgoing Heisman-winning quarterback Joe Burrow.

Orgeron says he believes the Tigers will be just fine under center with Myles Brennan taking the reins of the Bayou Bengal offense.

“I do believe it’s gonna be a process with Myles,” Orgeron said. “I think he’s gonna be a great quarterback for us. We can’t expect anybody to be Joe Burrow. I think that would be very unfair to anybody. We just want him to be the best Myles Brennan. If we have the best Myles Brennan out there, we’re gonna have us one outstanding quarterback.”

Orgeron said the 2019 offensive makeover was just a part of the championship equation for LSU.

“Obviously going to the spread was a big decision,” Orgeron said. “Obviously having Joe Burrow for a second year was huge for us. Obviously hiring Joe Brady… him and Steve Ensminger, the way they put that spread offense together and the plays that they called… and having a dominant year by our offensive line.”

As for 2020, the Tiger coaching staff will have some new faces, and Orgeron says he’s excited about his new hires.

“We want to get better,” Orgeron said. “And those guys bring a different part of the game that we want to get better. [Offensive assistant] Russ Callaway did a great job at Samford. He knows the spread. He knows game management.”

About once and future LSU defensive coordinator Bo Pelini, Orgeron said he “wants to bring his defensive coordinator with him from Youngstown State. Obviously him being familiar with Bo Pelini is gonna help Bo Pelini go from A to Z. We’ve got several other guys that are coming in, and they’re all experts at their area. What we want to do is bring more information to our program to get us better.”

If LSU indeed improves on their 2019 season for the ages, 2020 might find a dynasty in the making in Baton Rouge.

To hear the full audio of Orgeron’s interview with Bobby Hebert and Mike Detillier, click on the podcast link.

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