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Tiger Ree
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Steve Ensminger Q&A, Part Two: LSU’s 2018 X’s and O’s on offense and
how he evaluates quarterbacks

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How far into installing the offense are you, and how much has to wait until the fall?

We’ve probably put in about 50 percent of our offense through the spring. During our vacations during July, I’m going to be there Monday through Thursday. (Offensive line) Coach (James) Cregg is going to be there the first week. We’re going to talk about the new personnel. (Running backs) Coach (Tommie) Robinson’s going to be there the next week. Coach Mickey (Joseph, wide receivers) is going to be there, (Senior offensive assistant and passing game coordinator) Coach (Jerry) Sullivan’s going to be there the next week. We didn’t get a chance to put 20 personnel in. We didn’t get a chance to put a jet (sweep) package in. We’re going to do some jet stuff. We put some empty sets in, but I want to be able to go empty with 12 personnel – two tight ends. There’s a lot we have to get through in July and August.

Probably our number one personnel is three wides. Probably our number two personnel is two tight ends, two wides. But, you can’t be predictable in those sets, in those personnels. I would like to be able to do every formation we have out of three different personnels – out of 20 personnel, out of double personnel, out of three-wide personnel – and out of regular personnel.

You say you’re 50 percent in. How much harder does that make it now that you have to teach Joe Burrow everything on top of also teaching everyone else the rest?

You’re going to tweak the passing game. You go through spring, and you probably have 100 routes in. You can’t run them every game. You say, here are the routes for this game, we’ll tweak this route. We’ll tweak the passing game. But I want to know: can we do it in regular personnel? Can we do it in doubles personnel? Can we make the defense stay on the field with base personnel and get a mismatch, whether it’s with our other tight end or with a wide receiver? We’ve got a long way to go, but we have a frame for it.

What are some of the qualities you’re looking for when you’re recruiting quarterbacks right now?

The number one thing I’m looking for in a quarterback is accuracy. That’s it. We have all these camps. I don’t know how many camps we had this June. At every camp, there’s big, strong-armed guys who can throw it out of sight. They can throw it deep. They can throw. But in this league it’s about completing the pass. So number one, accuracy. Number two, can you lead this football team? Number three, are you a football junkie? Do you want to learn it all, or are you a know it all? Number four is toughness. If you’re going to lead this football team, you’ve got to be a tough kid. You gotta take some shots. When you take some shots, you gotta turn around and tell your line, ‘That’s on me. I held it too long.’ That’s what I’m looking for.

Is the tempo going to be greater? Do you run the risk of going too fast?

When you’re the tight ends coach and you’re on the road, everybody talks to you. I’ve talked to a bunch of different coaches in this league, outside this league. The thing I’ve learned from studying is defensive coaches are pretty comfortable these days with tempo. They’re pretty comfortable nowadays because of substitutions and personnel. What they don’t like is the change up.

Will we use more tempo? No doubt about it. We’re going to huddle. We’re going to do a great job, from Coach Orgeron, Coach Aranda, and myself, to get a feel for the game. It might be, ‘Man, he’s been out there too long, so let’s slow it down.’ Or, ‘We’re in a pretty good deal with our defense right now, let’s go fast and see how they react to it.’

Offensive line, are you feeling good about where things are?

I talk to them every day. I tell them, ‘I want to go fast. You better be in good shape.’ They understand where we’re going. I do know they better be prepared for it.

How much mobility to do you rely on with your quarterbacks?


You’d love the mobility. But some quarterbacks have the knack of moving in the pocket, throwing the football. Some quarterbacks have a knack of anticipating a throw. Two of the best quarterbacks I’ve ever seen at LSU were Tommy Hodson and Jeff Wickersham. I didn’t think either one of them had a very strong arm. But they knew where they were going with the football, they could anticipate and get the ball out of their hands


Steve Ensminger Q&A, Part Two: LSU’s 2018 X’s and O’s on offense and how he evaluates quarterbacks


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As long as that tater salad still hums.


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SouthOfSouth
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re: Steve Ensminger Q&A, Part Two: LSU’s 2018 X’s and O’s on offense and
That's some good stuff right there.

Steve is a smart dude and I hope he really puts it all together.


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The Pirate King
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Good post Ree. Keep em coming. Very interested to see how the rest of the offensive install goes in fall camp. It sounds like the plan is in place, but the teaching is what’s left.


justice
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Good post Ree. Keep em coming
you've come a long way since your days of bashing les at every turn.


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justice
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re: Steve Ensminger Q&A, Part Two: LSU’s 2018 X’s and O’s on offense and
it is a good post Ree.


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Sev09
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Jet sweep ain’t dying, it sounds like!

Also, I think he kind of tipped his hand that Joe Burrow is the starter, even though it’s a foregone conclusion with the fan base anyway.


VolTiger13
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re: Steve Ensminger Q&A, Part Two: LSU’s 2018 X’s and O’s on offense and
I've known Coach E and his family since his time at WMHS back in the early 2000's. If there's one thing I can tell you without any doubt, it's that there is not a MF on this planet that is more determined to get a top tier offense to LSU. The man bleeds purple and gold just like 90% of this board, and he has been working non-stop since he accepted the gig to not only make our offense better, but to also make himself better. He has had numerous meetings with some of the top offensive minds in the country including the likes of Sean Payton and Pete Carroll. He's all in.


Bucks2TigerFan
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re: Steve Ensminger Q&A, Part Two: LSU’s 2018 X’s and O’s on offense and
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The number one thing I’m looking for in a quarterback is accuracy... So number one, accuracy. Number two, can you lead this football team? Number three, are you a football junkie? Do you want to learn it all, or are you a know it all? Number four is toughness... That’s what I’m looking for.


The answer Ensminger gave to what he looks for in a QB sounds almost exactly what he said earlier when describing Burrow.

So, without actually saying so by name, Ensminger pretty much said that Burrow is his guy.

Good to know. Go Joe!


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TigerLunatik
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re: Steve Ensminger Q&A, Part Two: LSU’s 2018 X’s and O’s on offense and
Thanks for the info. Offensive concepts sound great. Hope it looks great as well. I'm sick of talking these hypotheticals and I'm ready to see the product on the field.


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The Pirate King
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re: Steve Ensminger Q&A, Part Two: LSU’s 2018 X’s and O’s on offense and
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He has had numerous meetings with some of the top offensive minds in the country including the likes of Sean Payton and Pete Carroll. He's all in.


From all accounts, he’s an extremely hard worker. Hopefully all the hard work pays off this year and next.


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George P Burdell
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re: Steve Ensminger Q&A, Part Two: LSU’s 2018 X’s and O’s on offense and
Threads like this are why a lot of us come to this board. Very interesting stuff, can't wait to see it on the field.


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Tiger Ree
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re: Steve Ensminger Q&A, Part Two: LSU’s 2018 X’s and O’s on offense and
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Also, I think he kind of tipped his hand that Joe Burrow is the starter, even though it’s a foregone conclusion with the fan base anyway.


That's what I thought. He just went with the question like it was Burrow and mentioned the changes being done because of having a new QB.


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justice
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re: Steve Ensminger Q&A, Part Two: LSU’s 2018 X’s and O’s on offense and
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He has had numerous meetings with some of the top offensive minds in the country including the likes of Sean Payton and Pete Carroll. He's all in.
Hope it pays off.


voice of no reason
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re: Steve Ensminger Q&A, Part Two: LSU’s 2018 X’s and O’s on offense and
This is the type of information that gets you fired up for the season!!!! Geaux Tigers!!!!!


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SoFresh
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re: Steve Ensminger Q&A, Part Two: LSU’s 2018 X’s and O’s on offense and
Wow this thread is a breath of fresh air. No flaming in the replies. Maybe there is hope for this board after all #MtRGA.

Loved the tidbits. Stuff like this helps me get through June and July.


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Drizzt
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re: Steve Ensminger Q&A, Part Two: LSU’s 2018 X’s and O’s on offense and
Appreciate the info


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monsterballads
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re: Steve Ensminger Q&A, Part Two: LSU’s 2018 X’s and O’s on offense and
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The number one thing I’m looking for in a quarterback is accuracy. That’s it.



Every LSU fan should be happy about this quote.

It's perfectly aligned with Mike Leach's take on the #1 thing you look for in a QB: Accuracy. Everything else is secondary.

Mike Leach: if a QB isn't accurate, you shouldn't recruit him.



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TigerLaw40
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re: Steve Ensminger Q&A, Part Two: LSU’s 2018 X’s and O’s on offense and
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He has had numerous meetings with some of the top offensive minds in the country including the likes of...Pete Carroll.

Isn't he more of a defensive mind? Don't think I've ever heard of him being labeled as an offensive coach.

Not trying to be a dick, as I really like the rest of your post and I appreciate that Ensminger has done a lot to study other offenses. Just saying that I don't think Carroll is who I really want him learning offense from. Hell, his offenses struggle at Seattle when he doesn't have a dominant RB and OL. And his offenses at USC were really good due to talent and OC's he hired, not because of him.


VolTiger13
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re: Steve Ensminger Q&A, Part Two: LSU’s 2018 X’s and O’s on offense and
It wasn't just Pete, but some of his staff, too, but you have a fair point either way.


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