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LSU shakes up offensive staff, hires Cam Cameron as coordinator

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The speculation that Cam Cameron would join Les Miles‘ coaching staff at LSU began quietly building two weekends ago and reached a rolling boil by the end of last week.

One week later, and after most of the i’s were dotted and t’s were crossed on the contract, the speculation officially and finally came to fruition.

At a press conference Friday afternoon, Miles introduced Cameron, his long-time friend and coaching contemporary, as his new offensive coordinator.  In addition to coordinator duties, Cameron will also serve as LSU’s quarterbacks coach.

Cameron’s coaching credentials are extensive.  Collegiately, Cameron spent 1997-2001 as Indiana’s head coach as well as a nine-year stint (1985-1993) as an offensive assistant (quarterbacks, wide receivers) at Michigan.  For seven of those seasons with the Wolverines, Miles was on the same Bo Schembechler-led coaching staff.

Especially of late, though, Cameron’s been more well-known for his coaching work at the NFL level.

The past two decades, he has served as the quarterbacks coach for the Washington Redskins (1994-96); offensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers (2002-06); head coach for the Miami Dolphins for a single one-win season in 2007; and the Baltimore Ravens’ offensive coordinator for the past five seasons.

Following Week 14 of the 2012 NFL season, Cameron was dismissed by the Ravens.

Greg Studwara had spent the past two seasons as Miles’ coordinator, but will remain on staff and retain the title of offensive line coach that he’s held for the past six seasons.  Steve Kragthorpe, who was hired as coordinator in January of 2011 but was forced to give up those duties after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s, will step aside as quarterbacks coach and move to an administrative position within the football program.

The fact that Miles decided to shake up his offensive coaching staff is far from surprising as such a move has been a long time coming — especially when viewed in the prism of a woeful passing “attack.”

The Tigers were 106th in passing in 2011 (152.5 yards per game) with the anemic combination of Jordan Jefferson/Jarrett Lee pulling the trigger, although that standing improved slightly to 92nd (200.5 ypg) with Zach Mettenberger under center in 2012.  Scoring, though, took a precipitous drop, going from 17th (35.7 points per game) in Studwara’s first season as coordinator to 58th (29.8 ppg).

Will Cameron be the man to pull the Tigers out of their offensive doldrums?  That’s a question without an answer at the moment, although Miles had no choice but to shake things up on that side of the ball.

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16 Responses to “LSU shakes up offensive staff, hires Cam Cameron as coordinator”
  1. dmvtransplant says: Feb 15, 2013 1:04 PM

    So just to be clear the only way Baltimore could win a Super Bowl was to fire Cam, so natural the response should be to hire him to run an offense full of NFL talent. Hopefully Les fires him in November and wins a National Championship this year. Just remember to keep Jim Caldwell’s number on speed dial once Halloween has passed and like Baltimore send him a championship ring to his house for leaving & proving he was the biggest problem on a championship level team.

  2. alligatorsnapper says: Feb 15, 2013 1:21 PM

    It is about time we get a OC. LSU was the only college team which had its OL coach as the OC. Maybe now Strudawa can do what he does best, the OL, and with a few new good big bruisers set to arrive on the campus soon, it may be the best OL LSU has had in years.

    LSU needed to shake up the offense, which has caused the team, even the defense, most of its problems the past few years. With the signing of some really good QBs as well as OL, and defensive players, LSU should have a good group with whom to go forward.

    Coach Cameron should turn his headset turned off and not hear the steady buzz in his headset all game.

  3. Deb says: Feb 15, 2013 2:13 PM

    Couldn’t help laughing when this was first reported. Have been posting since 2010 that my Steelers’ arch-rivals, the Ravens, wouldn’t succeed until they dumped Cameron. They finally did it … and won the Super Bowl. Now he turns up with Bama’s rivals at LSU.

    But Cam’s disastrous season with Miami and ultimate failure in Baltimore has no bearing on how he’ll perform with the Tigers. He had a great working relationship with Harbaugh–the problem was his obsessive over-control of Flacco. I expect he’ll work well with Miles, and his discipline might be just what Mettenberger needs. This could turn out to be a great hire for LSU.

  4. jason1214 says: Feb 15, 2013 4:13 PM

    Great hire for LSU
    RTR

  5. Deb says: Feb 15, 2013 5:20 PM

    @jason1214 …

    Have you noticed that when Alabama fans congratulate LSU on making a good hire, we still get thumbs down from all the LSU fans? Great sportsmanship there :roll:

  6. saintsfan34 says: Feb 15, 2013 6:48 PM

    I’ll just speak for myself when I say its disgusting to see these so called LSU fans talking crap to BAMA fans. It’s not their fault Saban left. That’s what this is about. I thank Saban for giving us a NC. @Deb is right its a great hire. Cam will be working with great talent. And we just signed the #2 QB in the country. For all of you idiots wannabe LSU fans giving Deb and Jason a thumbs down. Grow up kids. Stay Classy. I respect u Deb I love reading your posts. I don’t post much but I read this site religiously.

  7. Deb says: Feb 15, 2013 7:09 PM

    @saintsfan34 …

    Thanks!! :)

  8. bamasleeper13 says: Feb 15, 2013 7:54 PM

    Great hire for LSU, I wish them well. I always thought Cameron was a good coach. I agree about Saban. Why do LSU fans hate him? He left for a shot in the Pros, realized it wasn’t for him. If he left Bama I would forever love him for what he has done for our program.

  9. jason1214 says: Feb 15, 2013 10:31 PM

    @Deb
    I’m so used to getting the thumbs down…I no longer notice. Most comments posted on this site make me embarrassed to be human

  10. cranespy says: Feb 16, 2013 8:25 AM

    excellent hire….could be the equalizer in the arms race against Bama…….

  11. kdbroom says: Feb 16, 2013 12:49 PM

    bamasleeper13,

    Would you still love him if he left Bama, went to Auburn, and stood directly in your path to success every year? Would you still love him if every step he took to build success at Auburn came at Bama’s expense? That’s why most LSU fans don’t like him. Leaving for the NFL was hard to swallow, but we understood why. However, his returning to one of our biggest rivals, taking credit for LSU’s success in the years after he left, talking smack about some Louisiana residents, fighting with us for recruits, etc., resulting in burned bridges that will never be rebuilt.

  12. jason1214 says: Feb 16, 2013 3:07 PM

    @kdbroom
    Asst coaches change sides all the time in conf, rivalries, etc. It good for college football.

  13. kdbroom says: Feb 16, 2013 5:42 PM

    @jason1214,

    Nick Saban wasn’t an assistant coach. HUGE difference.

  14. jason1214 says: Feb 16, 2013 8:19 PM

    @kdbroom
    You are correct but you have to move on. Miles is pretty damm good coach. CC will help LSU’s Offense.

  15. suprmous says: Feb 17, 2013 2:50 AM

    Where in the hell do some of you get off talkin bout LSU when you’ve got enuff worries at Bama to be concerned with? There WILL come a day when the Almighty One will ditch Bama just like he did LSU and the others and when he does lets see how long it takes you to start your tiraide. And tryin to tell others to stay classy, pleeeeeeease. If a frog had wings he sure as hell wouldn’t bump his ass when he jumps. Then again dependin on how far he has to go may dictate how far he has to jump. But no matter how close or how far at least he doesn’t sit back rollin his eyes at every decision [that] he makes.

  16. foreverlsu says: Feb 20, 2013 10:06 PM

    Deb says:
    Feb 15, 2013 5:20 PM

    Have you noticed that when Alabama fans congratulate LSU on making a good hire, we still get thumbs down from all the LSU fans? Great sportsmanship there
    ————

    Drop it, Deb and don’t get your panties in a wad over a few thumbs down; I’m sure you’re used to it by now. There are plenty of idiotic Bama fans on this board, especially the ones defending the suspended Bama thugs the past few days.

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