LSU Football: Tigers' Offense Will Greatly Improve Under New OC Cam Cameron

Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterFebruary 11, 2013

Former Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron
Former Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Cam CameronRob Carr/Getty Images

LSU's coaching staff could be getting a late addition for the 2013 season, and it's one that could put the Tigers' offense back on track.

According to's Bruce Feldman, the Tigers are on the verge of naming former Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron as their new offensive coordinator. The move should be announced this week and would shift current offensive coordinator Greg Studrawa back to offensive line coach, sources told

Considering Cameron made headlines for being let go by the eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens during their run to the Vince Lombardi Trophy, it should come as no surprise if the move is ridiculed by some should it come to fruition. 

But let's be honest, LSU's offense hasn't improved all that much since Gary Crowton left shortly after the 2010 season. 

The Tigers averaged 343.2 yards per game in Crowton's last season and improved to 355.1 YPG and 374.2 YPG under Studrawa in 2011 and 2012, respectively.

Good but not great.

Considering LSU has a few more holes to fill this season on defense after six players on that side of the ball declared early for the NFL draft, the offense needs to pick up the slack a little bit.

Cameron can lead that charge.

The biggest issue facing the Tigers ever since they hoisted the crystal football following the 2007 season has been an inability to develop a downfield threat in the passing game. Cameron may be the brunt of jokes after Ravens' quarterback Joe Flacco thrived after Cameron was canned, but he has a long track record of developing quarterbacks.

Cameron, the former head coach at Indiana, has worked with several notable quarterbacks during his coaching career, including Jim Harbaugh, Trent Green, Gus Frerotte, Drew Brees and Philip Rivers. His San Diego Chargers offenses finished in the top five in scoring offense each year from 2004-06.

That bodes well for Tigers quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who has a big-time arm and plenty of weapons around him to be a star. Mettenberger struggled early during the 2012 season but closed strong throwing for more than 215 yards in four of his final five games. 

The LSU coaching staff seemed like they tried to hide Mettenberger during the first three games of the season. When the Tigers got into a bind once SEC play started, it seemed like he was hesitant to make decisions and not playing with the confidence needed to be successful in the SEC.

With a fresh start, the return of a three-headed monster at running back, four contributors along the offensive line and essentially his entire receiving corps back save for Russell Shepard; it will be up to Mettenberger to take the Tigers to the next level.

A lot of the LSU talk this offseason will center around all of the roster turnover, but the Tigers have been reloading at an elite level for nearly a decade. Unproven players can be inconsistent at times, which means that the margin for error on the offensive side of the ball isn't as big as it has been in previous years.

Cameron's arrival, coupled with plenty of experience returning on offense, could transform the Tigers offense from punchline to power.