Genius

Somehow, this story doesn’t surprise me.

One day last summer, an LSU staffer came into Ed Orgeron’s office to ask if the recruits then on campus for a visit were allowed to watch practice. What practice? We don’t hold practice over the summer, Orgeron said.

The practice was being run by the players, he was told. As it turns out, quarterback Joe Burrow had issued an alert to his teammates: practice in the morning. To a man, the roster that would run through an unbeaten, championship-winning season showed up.

Is Coach O’s overnight raging success a matter of being a master delegator, or simply a guy who was in the right place at the right time?  I suspect we’ll find out something about that real soon.

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30 responses to “Genius

  1. I thought coach O was a moron. But he sure got good people. They had a no holds barred attitude, full playbook, with one of the greatest QB seasons in history. They also used tech and leading ideas (VR training for example). Pushed boundaries.

    Where we thought kirby was dumbing down stuff (manball) coach O was all in every play. But he had exceptional people and support.

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  2. Hogbody Spradlin

    Says something good about the players who organized the practices too.

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  3. Bright Idea

    Maybe those guys showed up on their own because O is a master motivator and they want to please him. His confident demeanor in big games has no doubt helped that team even if he’s not the X and O genius. They don’t seem to play uptight because he’s not micromanaging every step. I would never count them out but Burrow will be tough to duplicate.

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  4. RangerRuss

    That’s right Senator. We’ll damn sure find out as he can’t rely on luck to consistently be successful in the SEC. I’ve been guilty of pulling for the guy due to my antipathy towards the crowd that denigrates us Southerners and the opposition LSU faced on their way to the ’19 NC. But you know what? Fuck Ed Orgeron and LSU.

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  5. FlyingPeakDawg

    Question: Star QB is cashing in on NIL rights and chooses to pay teammates to attend summer practices. Legal? Then expected? Slippery slope…

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    • What’s stopping a coach from doing the same, Mr. Slippery Slope?

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      • FlyingPeakDawg

        I’ve seen no proposal that permits coaches to pay players to participate in summer practice…and you know that, so not sure I get your point. Thought mine was clear. If the star QB gets $25k for a car ad, you think a lineman might not “suggest” he buy the beer and pizza after practice and maybe some walking around money to show up?

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        • FlyingPeakDawg

          I’ll take you further down the slope. So star QB goes back to sponsor and says he needs another $10k to run summer practices. Rich alum sponsor wants the boys to get better so he funds the whole thing hiding behind the NIL payments for the QB. I’m all for NIL rights but can only hope some sensible rules are put in place to protect the players, their money and the integrity of the sport…such as it is.

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        • Is there a proposal for players to pay players to participate in summer practice?

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          • FlyingPeakDawg

            Sometimes you just enjoy jacking with us, don’t you? I layed out a scenario related to NIL payments. Is it far fetched to think players not getting paid but being asked to “just do more” by those who are asking for a handout? Don’t know…but when money is sloshing around a lot of hands start sticking out. Look at what was happening on the field after the National Championship game. Point I’m making is that granting NIL payments are fine, but some structure is advisable. Too many NFL players are broke after leaving the league. Those same problems will find their way to college kids earning NIL money. If the pros are robbed by agents and professional wealth advisors, what can we expect will happen to 18 and 19 year olds? I’d at least like to see the schools provide financial education and guidance. I fear they won’t.

            My preference would be that the NIL money be put into a deferred account and insured while overseen by a trustee until the athlete leaves school. A 10% per year withdrawal could be permitted for personal expenses.

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  6. Hogbody Spradlin

    I like the players doing that, but be assured Cajun Ed knows the attendance and the players know Big Brother is watching.

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  7. J-Dawg

    O’s Burrow was the same as Chizik’s Newton. If history repeats itself O will be Chizik 2.0.

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    • RangerRuss

      As a Dawg fan I certainly hope that’s the case. But as a one who faced a bit of ridicule for his “Hillbilly” accent as a yankee Army NCO and Officer I feel for the guy.
      Naaaaw. Fuck LSU and their marble mouth coach.

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    • So Joe Burrow’s father’s church accepted donations as pay for play or did Joe get arrested for a felony theft? I know you mean the comparison as a one hit wonder but I think it’s insulting to Burrow and family’s character.

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  8. ASEF

    Cynic here.

    Maybe some buzz about those practices is reaching the wrong ears, and maybe this is pre-emptive spin control.

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  9. Bigshot

    I remember when Coach O was hired many people were making fun of LSU about how they had to settle for him. I guess the laughs on them now.

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  10. Brian McKnight

    Better to be lucky than good sometimes.

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  11. junkyardawg41

    Since 2000, Bama has 5 NCs. Guess who is 2nd with 3. (and played for a 4th)
    As the Senator has repeatedly pointed out (and I am on that bandwagon), UGA has not been known to historically “do whatever” is necessary to build a championship culture. Alabama has. I would venture to say that LSU has. Whether O can get it done consistently, they have been able to get it done.

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  12. TN Dawg

    Sounds like Burrow was a real team leader that had his team all in.

    Off season work like that can really help you develop timing and consistency with your receivers.

    More so than his athletic ability, this is why the guy is getting drafted first. Great attitude, great team player, able to throw to all parts of the field with accuracy, not afraid to take a hit or two, ability to spread the ball around to all of his receivers, backs and tight ends, and a better than average arm.

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  13. DawgPhan

    Really just makes you wonder what Fromm was doing all summer.

    I dont think that it was practice with his receivers.

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    • junkyardawg41

      Really makes you wonder what UGAs receivers were doing all last summer.

      I don’t think this it was practice with Fromm.

      There, fixed it for you.

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  14. Cosmic Dawg

    Why do I care anyway? What does inserting yourself between two people who want to make a transaction do for you?

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  15. Go Dawgs!

    Call me a skeptic, but I think that coaches know the rule book pretty well and I think that Coach O is aware that he isn’t supposed to be involved with any aspect of player-organized practices, so when a recruit asks about them, he’s going to need to not be aware of them. I’ve certainly been aware of Georgia’s players running their own passing leagues and things of that nature over the years, and I’d be surprised if there’s any team in the SEC not putting in that type of work, and I think the coaches know about it.

    Now, what impresses me about this story isn’t that Joe Burrow organized it (this responsibility has always fallen on the starting QB) but it’s the fact that the entire team was showing up for it. I don’t know how much benefit there is to a team-led practice in terms of what shows up on the field in the fall, but I know that kind of buy-in and team unity definitely shows up on the field. I hope that Georgia has that this year.

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