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Steve Geller

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Posts from February 2013

Brees mentor comes to LSU
Cam Cameron is LSU's new offensive coordinator.  He and head coach Les Miles have been friends since the '80s when both where assistant coaches at the University of Michigan.  In fact, the two are so close that they've been groomsmen in each others weddings.

Cameron left the Wolverines to go on to the NFL to be the quarterbacks coach for the Washington Redskins from '94-'96 before becoming the head coach at the Indiana University from '97-'01.

Then in 2002 he jumped back to the pros where he had great success with the San Diego Chargers.  That's where he met a young Drew Brees who was just entering his 2nd season in the NFL.

"He was huge. Cam was huge in my career," Brees says in his book. "I was with him for four years. He was the offensive coordinator while I was in San Diego for those last four years. That was a time in my career where during that stretch I got benched three or four times, and they ended up drafting Philip Rivers. Cam was pretty much the one who broke the news to me. My postseason exit meeting with him after the '03 season I went in his office, shut the door and he said, 'I'm just telling you they're either going to go out and get a free agent veteran quarterback to come in here or they're going to draft a rookie high to compete with you. Just get ready for that.' I feel like he was always very honest with me. He always did things to try to get the best out of me. There was a time or two where we would butt heads, but I think that was all part of the process of him trying to mold me into the type of quarterback he knew I could be, the type of person he knew I could be, leader and I appreciate him for that. I love the man. I think he's a great coach and obviously I had a lot of great years with him."

LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger would benefit greatly from that kind of tutelage.  Mett is a kid, that if properly mentor, could emerge as one of the nation's best. So far his career has been marred by a boring and stale offense that was ranked 85th nationally last year with the passing attack coming in at 92nd. UGGGHHHHH!
Now with Cameron on the Bayou Bengals sideline, those snooze-fests could soon become a thing of the past. Mettenberger just might be able to show off his prototypical NFL skills in a prototypical NFL offense.
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Locations: MichiganSan Diego
People: Cam CameronDrew BreesLes MilesPhilip RiversZach Mettenberger

Steve: Rob Ryan more talk than results?
Wait, wait, wait a minute!  The Saints hired Rob Ryan as the new defensive coordinator?  The man who learned from his daddy, Buddy, who just so happens to be the same person who mentored former DC Gregg Williams?  Rob Ryan, the same coach whose defense has NEVER EVER made an appearance in the postseason?
As a matter of fact, let’s pause a second to take a look at Ryan’s track record as a defensive coordinator:
2012: 19th (Dallas) 
2011: 14th (Dallas) 
2010: 22rd (Cleveland) 
2009: 31st (Cleveland) 
2008: 27th (Oakland) 
2007: 22nd (Oakland) 
2006: 3rd (Oakland) 
2005: 27th (Oakland) 
2004: 30th (Oakland)
Not the most glowing resume'.  Like his brother Rex and his dad, Rob has been more talk than results.
Ryan now faces the task of turning around the NFL's 32nd ranked defense in 2012.  (Nowhere to go but up!)
I guess the good news is the Fleur Di Lis D really only needs to be average for this team to be among the NFL’s elite again.  The unit was ranked dead last this past season and the team still managed to win 7 games!  Oh yeah, they also had no head coach for the entire year, and even the interim was suspended for part of it.
I know the hiring of Rob Ryan is not a popular one, but all I can say to the Who Dat Nation is …in Sean Payton we trust, right? 

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Locations: ClevelandDallasOakland
People: BuddyGregg WilliamsRexRob Ryan

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