By Joe Coughlin
On any given Saturday, you can expect the LSU offense to make you wish you were watching the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Cut out four non-conference wipeouts and the Tigers averaged 22.7 points a game, turning in efforts of 12 against Auburn in a win and 6 against Florida in one of three losses.
The quarterback play often was dreadful, causing Les Miles to turn to ol' pal Cam Cameron, who abruptly was fired midseason from the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.
Make no mistake, Cameron was brought in to do one thing: improve the passing game on the Bayou. The Tigers were 92nd in the nation in passing, averaging just 200 yards a game. They were also 10th in the potent SEC in total offense, while young QB Zach Mettenberger was near the bottom of the league.
Cameron helped develop Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco, as well as Antwaan Randle El as head coach of Indiana and Drew Brees and Philip Rivers as offensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers.
During the last seasons, Cameron — a former college quarterback himself — amassed the best record for any O-coordinator as his teams went 58-28. Miles wants his passing game to improve. Expect it to work.
Great examination of the evolution of the game and good use of identifying relevant teams across the country. This was a fun and informative read.