News coming out of LSU today is that the Tigers have hired former Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron to be their new offensive coordinator. Details are still be finalized, but it is said to be all but finished as they iron out the terms of the contract.
LSU was working essentially with an interim offensive coordinator, Greg Studrawa as he took over when former offensive coordinator Steve Kragthorpe was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease shortly after being hired in 2011. The Tigers have used the current staff for the past two seasons, and with good success, but it was understood that head coach Les Miles wanted to bring in a new offensive coordinator on a permanent basis, and allow Studrawa to return to his full time duties as offensive line coach.
Cameron seems to be the perfect fit for what Miles wants to do on offense. He loves to run the football and that plays to the strength of this LSU offense. He also limits the risks the quarterback takes, which also fits with the talent on this current LSU roster. Cameron was relieved of his duties as offensive coordinator of the Ravens mid-season and the Ravens went on to win Super Bowl XLVII. While he was well liked by the Ravens players, they really rallied after Cameron left and the scheme was opened up so it will be very interesting to see if Cameron sticks to the philosophy that ultimately cost him his job in 2012, or will be grow from it and open up his gameplan to better account for the passing game?
My take-I think this is an excellent hire for the Tigers. Cameron understands how to prepare players for the NFL and will implement an NFL style scheme. He’s going to maximize that talented LSU offensive line and that deep stable of running backs. He has college and coaching experience that he brings to the table and will also be a nice selling point for future recruits. The LSU offense was where this team fell short of being elite in 2012, so Cameron was brought in to change that.