In yesterday’s post about Smart not having to address a question about how much autonomy is being granted to Todd Monken to run the offense, I had a commenter state that Orgeron kept his offensive changes last season under wraps, too.
That’s actually not the case. LSU’s head coach was talking about the playbook being opened up before the spring game.
Orgeron said Thursday (March 7) it’s a “new offense” in 2019 that will see LSU spread the ball around more and use different formations.
That was also the plan in 2018, and LSU spread the ball the most it has in years, but injuries and pass protection issues limited its ability to fully commit to it. Mix a healthier, more experienced offense with the addition of Brady, and there will be more changes.
“We’re implementing the run-pass options that Joe brought in,” Orgeron said. “We’re implementing the Saints’ passing game that Joe brought in.”
He said it. It’s just that nobody believed him at the time.
Now, I don’t believe Kirby Smart is going to be nearly that open this spring, but I also wonder how long they can keep changes to the offensive playbook — assuming there are any, of course — hidden from view. When you’ve only got about 40 practices to implement a new design, that’s not a huge amount of reps to use to get your players ready, especially when you’re breaking in a new starting quarterback. You almost have to show some of your hand in the spring game, don’t you?