Kanell: Honeymoon Is Over For Ed Orgeron

"I think it's going to be a rough year for LSU," Danny Kanell said. "I really do."

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August 15, 2018 - 12:39 pm

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No. 24 LSU opens the season against No. 8 Miami at AT&T Stadium on Sept. 2, and head coach Ed Orgeron hasn’t named a starting quarterback.

Well, his quarterbacks are making the decision for him.

Redshirt freshman QB Lowell Narcisse announced he was leaving LSU after missing practice Tuesday, while junior Justin McMillan announced his departure Wednesday.

That leaves LSU with two scholarship quarterbacks: Ohio State transfer Joe Burrow and sophomore Myles Brennan.

“I think it’s going to be a rough year for LSU,” Danny Kanell said on The DA Show. “I really do. I look at the way their schedule unfolds. It’s going to be really tough.”

After a neutral-site game with Miami, LSU plays at No. 10 Auburn Sept. 15, while games against No. 4 Georgia (Oct. 13) and No. 1 Alabama (Nov. 3) highlight the home slate.

“I think Ed Orgeron, the honeymoon period is over,” Kanell said. “When you look at Ed Orgeron, he was the perfect hire because he sounds like everybody in the area, he’s passionate about LSU football – and I like Ed Orgeron. But you’ve seen turnover at offensive coordinator with Matt Canada, who, ironically, is now the interim head coach at Maryland. It’s crazy how college football works that way. But the offensive side of the football has been a complete disaster for LSU, and until they figure (that) out, they’re still going to find themselves just fighting an uphill battle.”

Les Miles led LSU to double-digit wins seven times in nine seasons from 2005-13. The last four years, however, haven’t gone as smoothly: 8-5 in 2014, 9-3 in 2015, 8-4 in 2016, and 9-4 in 2017.

Those aren’t sky-is-falling finishes, but given LSU’s talent, fans expect more.

“They have had a major issue at quarterback, but the thing is, they’re still really good,” Kanell said. “That’s pretty crazy. Joe Burrow (transferred) in from Ohio State, Danny Etling was a Purdue transfer – so they’ve been going to the Big Ten.”

LSU, while competitive, hasn’t scored enough points in marquee showdowns. Alabama has won seven straight games in the series – and held LSU to 10.4 points per game in the process.

“Even Bama has adapted to the current college football situation,” Kanell said. “It used to be if you had a dominant defense and an okay offense, you could win. You could win championships that way. But now you’ve got to adapt with the times. You’ve got to be able to put points on the board or else you’re going to find yourself in a tough situation.”