Cameron’s job will be to fix the anemic LSU offense

daniels    As Cam Cameron prepares to coordinate the LSU offense, he need only look at some numbers.
    In 2012, Alabama was 31st in total offense. LSU was 85th.
    In third-down conversions, Alabama was 16th at just under 48 percent. LSU was 60th at 40.2 percent.
    In a loss to Florida, LSU was 1-of-13 on third-down conversions and still lost only 14-6 at The Swamp.
    In passing efficiency, Alabama was tops in the country – No. 1. LSU was 77th.
    LSU allowed 32 sacks, almost 2 ½ quarterback sacks a game. In the two biggest games of the year, LSU either could not protect the quarterback or the quarterback held the ball too long.
    Florida registered four sacks against LSU. Alabama had three sacks in its November win over the Tigers in Baton Rouge.
    An NFL person who watches a lot of tape asked a question of the LSU offense. “Does it have an identity?” asked the NFL source. “When I watch tape, I am not sure.”
    This person also said this about Cam Cameron: “I think he is a great hire by Les Miles.”
    The NFL source said Cameron will clean up problems that continue to plague the LSU offense. Those include poor clock management and inefficiency in the red zone.
    “Les and Cam Cameron are very close. They worked together at Michigan,” the source said.
    Job No. 1 for Cameron will be to coach up quarterback Zach Mettenberger. The quarterback started to come on in November, but he played poorly in the loss to Clemson in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl.
    Mettenberger must make better decisions, and he must mature.
    Frankly, he could learn a thing or two about how to handle his business from watching Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron.
    Cameron also must do something about the breakdowns in protection in the offensive line. In the bowl loss to Clemson, the LSU offensive staff was outcoached and outprepared. Clemson had too many free runs at Mettenberger.
    The source, who knows Cameron well, says he is coming to LSU because he trusts Miles and “he wants to put down some roots and stay awhile.”
    As bad as LSU’s offense was, the Tigers were two red zone “converts” from perhaps having an undefeated regular season.
    At Florida, LSU settled for three points late in the first half despite having the ball first-and-goal on the Gator 7-yard line. The ill-fated third-down call was for a pass to be thrown by running back Terrence Magee, who couldn’t find a receiver and was stopped for no gain.
    Against Alabama, LSU led 17-14 with 2:28 to play. The Tigers called timeout, facing a third-and-10 from the Alabama 32-yard line. A very conservative run was called to Jeremy Hill, who gained four yards.
    Drew Alleman then missed a 45-yard field goal attempt. Bama drove for the winning touchdown.
    The NFL source said LSU will be “better than the other team 10 times out of 12. Cam will make a difference in those other two games,” he said.
    Those who have watched the LSU offense wobble since 2007 can only hope.
    Ed Daniels is sports director of ABC26. He can be reached at

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