Perhaps the biggest move that Ed Orgeron made ahead of the 2019 national championship season was bringing in little-known New Orleans Saints assistant Joe Brady as passing game coordinator. He's dipping back into the NFL ranks to fill that position, with former St. Louis Rams head coach Scott Linehan.
Linehan was most recently with the Dallas Cowboys from 2014-18 as passing game coordinator and then offensive coordinator. Before that tenure, he spent four seasons with the Detroit Lions. Fans may best remember him for his brief tenure with the St. Louis Rams, where he was 11-25 in 2+ seasons as head coach. He was fired after an 0-4 start in 2018.
While he has been an NFL coach since 2002, you can go back far enough to find a decent amount of college experience on Linehan's resume. He was offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach at Louisville from 1999-2001. Before that, he spent a long time at Washington, coaching receivers and then serving as OC from 1994-98. He also had two stints at Idaho and one season as quarterbacks coach at UNLV.
Now, he returns to the college ranks for the first time in nearly two decades. Scott Linehan has been officially announced as Tigers' passing game coordinator, working under Ed Orgeron and with offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger. The job is a much different one than the one Brady left behind. The school caught lightning in a bottle in 2019, with Brady turning Joe Burrow into an all-timer and Heisman winner for one season.
Brady left LSU after one season to take the offensive coordinator job with Matt Rhule and the Carolina Panthers.
One has to imagine that Orgeron will want Linehan to build on the same concepts that Brady put in place. The Tigers turned from a pretty stagnant offense into an absolute powerhouse in one off-season.
LSU football will open the 2020 season on Sept. 5 against UTSA.