Ed Orgeron was a member of Les Miles's staff when he took over as the head coach of LSU in 2016, after Miles stepped down at mid-season. That makes new comments by the national championship-winning coach very interesting.
Ahead of LSU's April spring game, Orgeron preached patience, especially with the offense. That side of the ball has been an issue for the talent-rich Tigers for years, and was probably the main reason why Miles' tenure came to an end.
From The Advocate, a week before that scrimmage:
“We don’t have the whole offense in. This thing is going to go throughout the summer, throughout camp,” the coach said. “We want to look good next Saturday. I want the quarterbacks to look good. We want to throw the ball. Want all that to happen. I believe some of that is going to happen, but we’re not there yet. I ask the fans to be patient. We’re not where we need to be, but we’re going to get there.”
Les Miles was on The Josh Innes Show this week to discuss his former program.
The appearance featured what certainly seems like a subtweet of Orgeron.
Miles specifically shoots down the notion of LSU fans needing "patience" It's pretty easy to connect that to Orgeron's comments from two months ago. The Advocate transcribed Miles's comments.
"I never accepted the feeling of, 'Hey, you need to have patience.' When you say you need to have patience aren't you just really saying to your team you're not good enough," Miles said. "Because I want you to know something, I never took the field with the Tigers where I didn't think I wasn't going to absolutely kick somebody's tail ... Period ... I never asked, 'Hey, give me a break here.'"
"Certain people need to have a safety net," Miles went on to say, unprompted, in the interview. "If you need a safety net you need not coach for the Tigers because the Tigers are your safety net. They are the winningest, toughest, most committed group of men that I have been around."
The timing of the comments is a bit peculiar. It'd be different if Orgeron was covering for a poor performance at mid-season. However, entering his second full year at the helm of LSU, he definitely has some heat on him. If the offense doesn't get turned around, and LSU is mired in another middling campaign, it isn't crazy to think that his seat could get hot.