LSU's search for a new defensive coordinator could be coming to an end as Minnesota Vikings defensive back coach Daronte Jones is expected to take the job on Ed Orgeron's staff, according to Bruce Feldman.


Jones has spent the last five seasons in the NFL coaching defensive backs with the Vikings, the Cincinnati Bengals, and the Miami Dolphins.

Before his time in the NFL, the Capital Heights, Maryland native served as defensive backs coach at the University of Wisconsin in 2015 where he worked under Dave Aranda and was the secondary coach at the University of Hawaii from 2012-14.

Jones, 41, has some ties to Louisiana as he coached safeties at Nicholls State in 2002 and was the defensive coordinator at two High Schools in the state — Jeanerette (2004) and Franklin (2003).

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Alabama loses and brings in new coaches all the time yet have been dominate for decades. Why because they win the recruiting battle year in and year out. Having someone who can attract and retain recruits is just as important as coaching. Remember this is college the schemes and prep work is extensive but not at the level of the NFL. They key is to have someone install a good style of defense and I believe this guy will bit more importantly he will also recognize the importance of getting talent to come to LSU.
Reply6 months
I guess LSU is no longer Coach O’s dream job because if this is the DC hire he makes then his dream will likely end this coming December. I hope I’m wrong but I’m afraid I’m not. Bo 2.0 is not the hire to go with after the pitiful season we had last year!
Reply6 months
Horrible.
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9 position coaches promoted to DC in the NFL. 9.
Reply6 months
they will all fail per the Rant !!
6 months
His on field product literally can scarcely be worse than last year, so the odds are high that this will be an improvement.
Reply6 months
If the Players respond well then LSU should be good to go. (I think they will)
Reply6 months
So much negativity here it is not worth a different perspective. You people must have miserable lives and didn't play football beyond HS (if even HS). GEAUX Coach Jones - A warm welcome to LSU!
Reply6 months
??
6 months
I agree with you Bayou Tiga
6 months
Hope he works out for us...would've rathered promote from within with Raymond but I'm not the coach. Good luck!
Reply6 months
This is a very strange hire. I do not feel good about it.
Reply6 months
Noted
6 months
Why are we reporting granular step-by-step interview processes?
Reply6 months
Aranda must really want the LSU head coaching job
Reply6 months
Y’all couldn’t get a better picture?
Reply6 months
Did I miss Aranda trying to hire him as his DC at Baylor when he needed someone or even hire him to his staff? Hope I am wrong.
Reply6 months
Aranda was too busy trying to raid LSU’s staff. Munoz has retuned if you haven’t noticed.
6 months
Great players make great coordinators
Reply6 months
Can’t be worse and I’m hopeful this will be a knockout hire.
Reply6 months
It doesn't matter it is all about players and execution. Aranda was very popular at LSU but his results were not even as good as Chavis.
Reply6 months
Lolwut?
6 months
Youre an idiot
6 months
There's the spin.
6 months
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Not that anyone cares, but I can’t even finish anyone’s post that contains something about lack of experience. Joe Brady in 2019 should be enough of an example to at least give the guy the chance to fail or succeed. Joe spent 2 seasons with Sean Peyton and made a huge difference. Everyone seemed cool with the new OC just bc he spent some time with Brady. The fact that he was with Aranda for a year to go along with his other stops is enough experience to get a shot in my opinion. Good luck coach.
Reply6 months
When you have to rely on the extreme outlier (Brady) to support your argument, you know you're grasping for straws.
6 months
... if he's a Aranda student then doesn't that make him a 3-4 guy?
Reply6 months
Hope so
6 months
He coached DBs for Aranda, not the front 7
6 months
His one stint as a defensive coordinator, you know, the job he's being hired for, was at Bowie St. Yes, you read that correctly. His last 5 years have been coaching DBs with the Vikings, Bengals and Dolphins. Can anyone name one pro bowl DB from any of those teams during that timespan? I'll wait. His resume is less than impressive, but similar to the Pelini hire last year, the sunshine pumpers will blast anyone who questions it. Such is life, as an LSU fan.
Reply6 months
I want it to work because I'm a huge LSU fan and want to win but I have my doubts. I would also add that we have one of the best dB coaches in college football so what skill set does he bring. With on the field coaches being limited who coaches safties lbs and dline?
6 months
I don't like the hire. And, he very well may suck. But your "why" argument is terrible.
6 months
I guess you're calling me a "sunshine pumper" so "Up Yours". The reason that sunshine is uncomfortable is because it's not what's usually pumped into you...
6 months
Can we just wait until the contract is signed before these stories are posted.
Reply6 months
What yard line are we on?
6 months
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