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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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02/15/2013 9:18AM
Brees mentor comes to LSU
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02/15/2013 12:28PM
Houma Man
Cam is a great addition to LSU .... if Miles lets him run the offense. Cam has to have full authority to get LSU back in high gear and make opponents respect them offensively. You can't win EVERY game with defense and special teams.
02/15/2013 1:19PM
Long Overdue!
LSU's offense problems have troubled the Tigers the past few seasons. Changes are long overdue, but here's hoping Cam Cameron can take control and provide the much-needed spark on offense to match the quality defense and special teams effort.I have no doubt in my mind that we could have won both bowl games the past two seasons if we had better offensive playcalling and a sound game plan.
02/15/2013 2:32PM
Do not Jerry Jones this Les.
Let the man coach the offense. You manage the team, Les Miles. None of the nonsense during big games, Les. Put the ego in the back pocket and go out and win a couple of National Championships with Cam Cameron on your staff.
02/15/2013 4:31PM
Coach Jake
I can understand Indiana. Some coaches are excellent assistants but nor good head coaches. Besides, Basketball is the only thing that matters in Indiana. BUT, what happened in Baltimore that was so bad a change had to be made during the season? Was it football related or personal?
02/15/2013 5:23PM
big fan
Step back les and let a true offensive guru take the rope put the ego down and lets win some games
02/18/2013 5:15PM
Wise decision - I think Zach, like Drew, will benefit greatly from Cam as he will help him develop his natural talent and booster his self-confidence! Cam's friendship with Les Miles will definitely help the team - I am looking forward to LSU 2013season - a better coached Offense and another great Defense.
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