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Search For Joe Brady’s Replacement Continues

Sifting through a few rumors as recruiting hits a dead period.

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Ed Orgeron’s search for another offensive assistant to replace Joe Brady continues, although it doesn’t appear to be one he’s rushing.

LSU’s already got an offense installed, so if a new coach is bringing in some tweaks or new ideas — and the Tiger staff does appear to be looking to try and incorporate some new ideas to what’s already working, which personally, I like — he just needs to be on hand for spring practice. That gives LSU a few more weeks to work with. They’ve been interviewing a few names, and have current or former staff members D.J. Mangus and Jorge Munoz as potential call-ups as well.

Things have been played pretty close to the vest so far, without a ton of names out there — a good thing, as everyone that they’re talking to has a job right now. Here’s a quick rundown of what I’ve heard.

One new name that started to make the rounds last week was Shane Waldron, the passing game coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams. Waldron, 40, has been with Sean McVay since 2017, and followed him to Los Angeles from Washington. He was named to the passing game coordinator role there after Matt LaFleur took the Packers job last year.

Now, I’m not going to claim to know much about Waldron beyond his resume. That said, he comes from a dynamic offensive staff, which should lend him some credibility with recruits and current players for LSU. He doesn’t have Brady’s background in the uptempo spread of a Joe Moorhead, but the potential influence of McVay is interesting on its own (in a purely speculative way).

What’s worked for McVay in Los Angeles (or has prior to the last year, anyway) was that he was able to take a quarterback who’s clearly a very talented passer in Jared Goff, but struggles with reads and decisions, and found ways to emphasize his strengths. The Rams use motions and shifts and a ton of play-action to keep things simple for Goff, and let his arm talent shine. Now, I am NOT saying Myles Brennan is Goff, but to date I’d describe him as a very talented thrower of the ball with some questions to answer in the other aspects of the game. So maybe that’s an avenue for Waldron to offer some influence to what Ensminger has already had working.

From Waldron’s perspective, he may like the idea of spreading his coaching wings away from a dominant personality like McVay. Have success here, and he’s on the fast track to running his own offense elsewhere. I do know that Waldron interviewed, and is up for consideration for the job, I do not know where he sits relative to other candidates.

Two names that have gotten a lot of play that I’m told are not up for any consideration are Saints’ assistants Pete Carmichael and Joe Lombardi. There’s no real interest from Orgeron on dipping back into the Saints well again. And while its easy to see why both coaches might want to show what they can do away from Sean Payton’s umbrella, they’re NFL guys. Not college guys.

Likewise, I’ve seen former Saints’ offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer’s name out there. There’s nothing to that — he’s a lifelong offensive line/running game guy, not a passing game coach.

Another name that’s come up is Joe Bleymaier, an analyst for the Kansas City Chiefs. Bleymaier has only been with the Chiefs for two years, but had previously worked with Andy Reid in his Philadelphia stint. He also spent a few seasons at Colorado as a quality control coach.

Spring practice is slated to start for March 7. I’m sure Orgeron wants to have things up and ready to go in front of that, but that still leaves some lead up time.