LSU sets offensive philosophy in bid to restore cohesive running game – Crescent City Sports

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Seems like a pretty good plan to me.

Here’s what new LSU offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock said when asked to describe the offense he plans to set up in Baton Rouge.

“We’re going to be a physically strong team,” Denbrock said.

“We are going to run the game efficiently and stretch the pitch vertically and create explosive plays.”

If you want a glimpse of what the LSU offense might look like, check out the University of Cincinnati in 2021.

The Bearcats were tied for fifth in the nation in turnover margin at plus-12.

Quarterback Desmond Ridder had just eight interceptions to 30 touchdown passes.

But here is the number that jumps out at you.

Ridder is averaging 8.6 yards per attempt. Ridder’s yards per attempt were just 0.3 percentage points shy of Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young of Alabama.

So it looks like a very friendly offense from the quarterback.

Spread out the defense, direct the football behind a huge and talented offensive line, then shoot down the pitch.

It’s a winning philosophy.

The LSU offense may not be the 2019 version with Joe Burrow’s 60 touchdown passes, but there will be enough big plays for everyone.

It’s also clear that Tigers head coach Brian Kelly will not tolerate the inability to lead football successfully in a short.

LSU’s inability to run the game, often against inferior defenses in 2021, was troubling. The Tigers averaged just 3.3 yards per carry and 114 total yards per game.

Only Mississippi State was worse in the Southeastern Conference.

When you can’t manage football effectively, teams can gang up on the short pass.

LSU quarterback Max Johnson, who has since moved to Texas A&M, saw an inordinate amount of rushing at three and eight covers in the 2021 campaign.

When you can’t run, the third try becomes problematic.

The Tigers were 88th in the Football Bowl Subdivision in third conversions at 37%.

Alabama and runner-up and national champion Georgia were .520 and .448 respectively on third down.

So, leave it to Denbrock to come up with the best line from Thursday’s press conference to announce the offensive coaches.

“We’re going to be able to run the ball, even if they know you’re doing it,” Denbrock said. “To the point where you point the attacking point and say we’re going to rule the football here.”

“Good luck to you.”

Denbrock then explained the mission of the LSU football franchise. He said the program’s “rightful place” was at the top of the college football world.

The way to get back to the top is to accentuate something that has always been a big part of LSU football’s winning DNA.

Go straight to them.

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