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LSU coach Ed Orgeron has a lot of cards on Steve Ensminger's table.

Is Steve Ensminger a make-or-break hire for Ed Orgeron?

Alex Hickey

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Question of the Day: Tuesday, Jan. 9

It’s not yet official, but the fact that nobody’s denying it tells you everything you need to know — Steve Ensminger will be the next LSU offensive coordinator. Slightly more under the radar but not insignificant is the addition of Jerry Sullivan to the staff to help in the development of the passing game.

These moves come with no lack of question marks, and David Mitchell got to the heart of it in our Monday night Facebook Live broadcast.

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LSU’s new offensive strategy certainly marks a case of Orgeron turning up the heat underneath his own seat. But don’t think he isn’t aware that is the case. That’s how much confidence Orgeron has that this arrangement is going to work.

Is that confidence misguided? We shall see. It’s not as if he had to fend off Ensminger’s suitors with a stick. The guy is LSU through and through. No one is about to pry him away. But perhaps that promise of stability is something Orgeron wants in this role after dealing with Matt Canada.

This is definitely a crossroads for Orgeron at LSU. But if it flops, he would not be the first one to pay the price. I think Orgeron would get another shot at getting his offensive coordinator right, but athletic director Joe Alleva might have a more difficult time wriggling off that hook. Of course, Alleva’s pedestal never seems to shake, so I could be wrong.

It’s also worth noting that this is almost assured to be more than a one-year experiment. If Derrius Guice declares for the NFL draft, LSU will have to replace 93 percent of its passing production and 92.4 percent of its rushing production next season. Any major improvement for the LSU offense is likely a two-year project. So even if the situation looks grim next season, don’t expect changes before 2019.

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