New LSU OC Matt Canada impressing Ed Orgeron: ‘His offense is kicking our defense’s tail’
LSU has always had talent on offense. Head coach Ed Orgeron needed to find someone to maximize it, and he thinks he has his guy in Matt Canada, the Tigers’ new offensive coordinator.
“His offense is kicking our defense’s tail this spring,” Orgeron told Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated. “It’s causing problems.”
Canada comes to Baton Rouge after one season at Pittsburgh, where James Conner rushed for 1,092 yards, and five different players made at least 20 catches.
Orgeron made it clear to Canada early on that he wanted LSU’s offense, which features plenty of dynamic weapons including returning breakout tailback Derrius Guice, to run similarly.
“Feed the ball to the playmakers in space and let them make plays,” Orgeron said.
Part of the initial offensive success this spring can probably be attributed to a defense trying to replace a lot of future NFL players, including safety Jamal Adams and cornerback Tre’Davious White. But credit still has to go to Canada for spreading the ball around and keeping players engaged.
“I didn’t put anybody in a box,” he says, which should be music to the ears of Tigers supporters who thought the offense stagnated in the ladder part of Les Miles’ tenure.
Canada’s revamped offense will play in front of a crowd for the first time on Saturday in LSU’s spring game, and jet sweeps and other nuances with the fullbacks and tight ends will be prominent. Orgeron and Canada hope that the scrimmage will give a glimpse into what could be a more wide-open Tigers attack in 2017.