Cam Cameron is six games into his first-year as the offensive coordinator of the No. 10 LSU Tigers and his presence has already paid immediate dividends as the team is averaging the ninth most points in the nation at 45.5. However, with all the success he is having developing Zach Mettenberger it stands to reason if other college and even NFL teams will inquire about his interest in becoming a head coach again.
Cameron was the head coach at his alma mater with the Indiana Hoosiers where he complied an 18-37 record over five seasons where he never won more than four games in the Big Ten in a season. He also coached the Miami Dolphins during their woeful 1-15 season in 2007.
“I think he’d be a great head coach in the college game or for that matter the pro game,” Miles said. “Again, right now he’s in college. I think he sees his opportunities in college, and I think he’ll have them.”
Despite his less than glowing record as a head coach some team may want to bring him in because of his ability to develop quarterbacks as he has turned Mettenberger into a dark horse Heisman candidate and dramatically raised his NFL draft stock from late round pick to potential second rounder.
In addition to Mettenberger, Cameron has coached Joe Flacco, Philip Rivers, Drew Brees and even made Gus Frerotte a pro bowler. At the college level he has developed future NFL players Jim Harbaugh, Todd Collins, Elvis Grbac and Antwaan Randle El.
Cameron’s toughest test will come this Saturday against the vaunted Florida Gators defense, so if the Tigers continue their offensive assault behind a masterful game plan by Cameron his stock will continue to rise just as quickly as his quarterback’s draft stock.
“He’s somebody that is committed to, in my mind, making LSU the best they can be,” Miles tells NOLA.com. “His short-term goals are to win and win very big.”
The short-term is clear, but the long-term goal is yet to be determined. He could thank his good friend for the opportunity to get back to the NFL and back in the role of a head coach, or he could stick around with his close friend who asked him to be a groomsman in his wedding and establish roots in Baton Rogue.
That’s what I’m betting on. Cameron has been a blessing for LSU, Mettenberger and the rest of the Tiger offense and I can’t see him leaving after one season, but he will get offers.