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LSU offensive coordinator Canada on his way out?

November 29, 2017 - 6:56 pm
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(WWL.com) -- LSU head football coach Ed Orgeron has said he expects offensive coordinator Matt Canada will seek a head coaching job this off-season. Football analyst Mike Detillier says there appears to be a rift between Coach O and Canada. Detillier said he believes the young play caller has coached his last game at LSU.

"I think just philosophy wise, it hasn't meshed with the boss," said Detillier. "And I think he's looking around, I don't think there's any question about it, and it may not just be as a head coach, it may be just as another offensive coordinator somewhere."

Last Saturday, LSU’s offense had 601 yards of total offense against Texas A&M. But for the season, the Tigers rank 54th nationally in total offense, 72nd in scoring and 84th in passing. Detillier says Orgeron might not be a fan of all the shifting and motion that Canada’s offense displays.

"I think his offensive philosophy does not fit what Coach Orgeron wants to do offensively, to be honest with you," Detillier said. "I think Coach O wants to do this 'USC South,' with the Power I formation with the fullback and running things out of there. I think that's what he prefers."

If Canada leaves before the bowl game, Detillier expects Orgeron will name tight ends coach Steve Ensminger as the offensive coordinator. But he says Coach O would have to find someone to handle the play calling duties for the 2018 season.

"He's got a certain philosophy that he wants, and I think Steve's background is close to that, but I got a feeling that maybe Steve will say, 'you know, coach, I'll do it for that one game, but you get somebody else to handle this full time. I've been under that pressure cooker before.'"

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