LSU looks to Cameron to save their struggling offense

Kyle Riviere @kyleR_sports
Cam Cameron will take over an LSU offense that ranked only No. 59 in scoring offense and ranked No. 94 through the air. Photo from LSUsports.net.

It's not a big secret; LSU needs some serious help on offense. Well, head coach Les Miles did his best to give the Tigers that help on Friday as he introduced their new offensive coordinator, Cam Cameron.

Cameron was a long-time play-caller in the NFL. In his 12 NFL years, he has served as offensive coordinator for both the Chargers and the Ravens and was head coach of the Dolphins back in 2007.

In his time in San Diego, Cameron got to coach both Drew Brees and Philip Riviers and helped the Chargers score a league-high 492 points in 2006--a year where they finished 14-2.

After a failed one-year campaign as the Dolphins' head coach, he went back to being an offensive coordinator in 2008--this time with the Ravens.

Coaching now Super-winning quarterback Joe Flacco, he called plays for Baltimore for five years. The Ravens made the playoffs all five of those years.

Cameron was fired mid-way through this past season after Baltimore's offense began to struggle and it looked like they were in danger of missing the playoffs. Former Colts head coach Jim Caldwell took over the play-calling duties. The Ravens eventually got back on track and won the Super Bowl.

Cameron now makes a return to college football for the first time since 2001 when he was the head coach at Indiana for five years.

He and Miles have a history. They served together on the Michigan coaching staff for seven years back in the late '80s and early '90s. During that times, Miles coached the offensive line, and Cameron coached the quarterbacks and receivers.

Now, they have been reunited as Cameron takes over the reigns as the Tiger offensive coordinator. Greg Studrawa--who had been serving as the play-caller--will go back to being solely the offensive line coach.

Cameron will have his work cut out for him. LSU has ranked in the bottom half of offense in the SEC for the past five seasons.

Last year, they only finished ranked No. 59 in scoring offense, No. 51 in rush offense and a mediocre No. 94 through the air.

The Tigers' inefficiencies on offense have never been more glaring than in their last two bowl games. In the 2012 BCS Championship Game, they were shut out and held to a pathetic 97 total yards against Alabama.

In this year's Chic-fil-A Bowl, they were held to only 24 points and 219 total yards against a very average Clemson defense that was ranked No. 60 against the run and No. 81 against the pass.

With LSU losing seven defensive starters, this will be a rare year where the Tigers will be depending on their offense to carry them. With such a young, inexperienced defensive unit, they'll have to put up points if they have any chance of competing in the stacked SEC West.

Cameron does have some talent to work with. Most of the offensive line returns, and they'll have a big-time backfield with Jeremy Hill, Kenny Hilliard and Alfred Blue. The receiving core is intact, and quarterback Zach Mettenberger will likely be improved after having a year of experience under his belt.

It will be interesting to see how Mettenberger plays now in a pro-style offense under the tutelage of Cameron. Cameron has helped develop two Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks in Brees and Flacco and another perennial Pro Bowler in Rivers.