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NFL eyeing two LSU coordinators, including Cam Cameron

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Les Miles could find himself with an unexpected hole or two to fill on his LSU coaching staff if reports and speculation come to fruition.

First off, the New York Daily News reported Saturday that Thomas McGaughey is “the leading candidate” for a position with the New York Jets.  The NFL club is looking at McGaughey for special teams coordinator.

McGaughey has spent the past three seasons in the same role with the Tigers.  He also serves as a defensive assistant.

Prior to coming to Baton Rouge, McGaughey had spent the vast majority of the previous 13 years at the professional level.  He’s never served as a special teams coordinator in the NFL.

Losing McGaughey might be the least of Miles’ worries, however, as rumors are making the rounds that the Cleveland Browns are eyeing offensive coordinator Cam Cameron for the same position.  While Cameron spent the 2013 season at LSU, the previous 19 years of his coaching career had been spent as an assistant/coordinator/head coach at the NFL level.

If Cameron were to decide to jump back to the NFL after just one season at LSU, it would be a rather significant blow to the Tigers’ offense.

In the year prior to Cameron’s arrival, the Tigers were 58th in the country in scoring offense (29.8 points per game), 85th in total offense (374.2 yards per game) and 92nd in passing offense (200.5 ypg).  In just one season under Cameron, the Tigers bumped those numbers to T-23rd (35.8 ppg), 35th (453.3 ypg) and 44th (251 ypg), respectively.  Cameron also helped turn starting quarterback Zach Mettenberger into a possible first-round pick in the upcoming NFL draft.  Additionally, the Tigers became the first team in SEC history with a 3,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard rusher and a pair of 1,000-yard receivers.

Money likely wouldn’t play a major role in any decision Cameron would have to make.  After earning $600,000 in 2013, Cameron’s three-year contract calls for total pay in the amounts of $1.3 million in 2014 and $1.5 million in 2015.

Maybe, though, there’s nothing to the speculation, at least based on a tweet from the sport information director at LSU:

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7 Responses to “NFL eyeing two LSU coordinators, including Cam Cameron”
  1. suprmous says: Jan 26, 2014 4:56 PM

    If this doesn’t beat all: national press covers LSU’s coachin success and I just can’t help but to wonder how the naysayers are goin to pickup their tongues and stick their eyeballs back in their sockets now? Or as a good friend put it in song: “How Do You Like Me Now”. Seems that for all the trash talk naysayers do re LSU there’s always some success that flows from the mighty Bayou and the Camp da Miles. I can’t help but to be proud to be among the LSU Faithful and Geaux Tigers, Coaching Staff included.

  2. normtide says: Jan 26, 2014 8:19 PM

    LSU is a much better job than the Browns. Ownership in Cleveland better get their act together. I’ve never seen a pro team have so much trouble hiring a HC. If they fire this guy after one year, the owner may have to coach them. LSU is a great job and possible strong stone to a great NFL job, or maybe a HC job at a top tier college program.

  3. bigdinla says: Jan 26, 2014 9:53 PM

    Suprmous do you just lay around practicing your martyr speeches? You are such a stereotype it’s ridiculous.

  4. dhardy8207 says: Jan 27, 2014 9:01 AM

    Raise anyone?…This could prove to be favorable to Cameron’s wallet if LSU insist on keeping him on board.

    I agree with Normtide, the Browns are starting to look desperate with the HC situation still lingering, that can’t be good for the draft coming up….

  5. Deb says: Jan 27, 2014 1:02 PM

    Don’t know enough about McGaughey to comment there, but Cam needs to stay put. He’s exactly where he belongs right now. Cameron’s tenure as head coach with the Dolphins was a disaster. And he seemed to struggle with control issues as offensive coordinator with the Ravens. That’s not a problem when you’re working with college QBs who need to be directed and molded. The Browns are perennially in disarray, while Cam has a good working relationship with Miles.

    From the tweet, it sounds as though Cameron has figured this out himself, but better for him to stay with LSU for the foreseeable future.

  6. suprmous says: Jan 28, 2014 12:42 AM

    biginla, I got 4 words for ya Pal: Nanny Nanny Boo Boo.

  7. suprmous says: Jan 28, 2014 12:45 AM

    biginla, you sure as hell can dish it out but can’t take it very well can you? Awwwwwwwwww, cheer up maybe your team will have some good news later.

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