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LSU's Peetz is Orgeron's attempt at recreating 2019's fireworks

Jake Peetz Panthers
Posted at 9:57 PM, Jan 13, 2021

When Ed Orgeron began searching for a new offensive coaching staff, he probably sounded like an old Chili's commercial: "I want my Brady back, Brady, Brady back."

After Steven Ensminger retired and Scott Linehan was fired, Ed Orgeron looked for the next Joe Brady, so he poached the former LSU's assistant short coaching tree, hiring Carolina Panthers' quarterbacks coach Jake Peetz and offensive assistant DJ Mangas.

Manags will serve as LSU's passing game coordinator. He's a longtime friend of Brady and was an analyst for the Tigers in 2019. Peetz, who was a holdover from Ron Rivera's 2019 Panthers staff, was promoted to quarterbacks coach under Brady and the two formed an instant bond.

"Joe Brady, I've spent more time with him than any other human being, including my wife, last year. He's a guy that I love not only as a football coach, but more as a friend. I wouldn't be here without him," he said Wednesday during an introductory press conference. "He invested a lot in me this last year and I tried to learn from every opportunity I got from him and hopefully he grew from his experiences with me as well."

Thursday Peetz lauded Brady's offensive mind as he did the LSU quarterback room. Peetz compared T.J. Finley's frame to Cam Newton's. He also made an unusual comparison between Finely and Steph Curry.

"The thing about TJ is when he escapes, he can attack you at every level of the field. He’s like Steph Curry hitting threes from the parking lot with where he can reach you with his arm," Peetz said.

After a disappointing season, LSU hit the rest button under Ed Orgeron shuffling offensive and defensive staff. Orgeron is trying to find the same success the Tigers had during the 2019 national championship season when LSU led the country in yards and scoring and quarterback Joe Burrow won the Heisman.

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