LSU Football: Tigers lose offensive assistant; how long will he be gone?

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LSU football‘s offensive staff will look a lot different in 2021 than it did in 2020.

The Tigers have a new offensive coordinator in Jake Peetz and a new passing game coordinator in DJ Mangas (replacing Steve Ensminger and Scott Linehan).

On Monday, it was reported by that LSU is losing another key offensive staff member.

Offensive analyst Russ Callaway, a favorite of Ed Orgeron, is reportedly joining the New York Giants as an offensive assistant.

How long will Russ Callaway be away from LSU football?

Callaway, who is the son of former Alabama offensive coordinator Neil Callaway, joined LSU’s staff after serving as Samford’s offensive coordinator for four years.

During his 13 months in Baton Rouge, Callaway became an assistant that Coach O spoke highly about.

“He is tremendous,” said Orgeron last summer to ESPN’s Off the Bench (via 247Sports). “I think Russ is going to be a great coach in college football. He already proved himself at Samford and had one of the best offenses in the country.”

Joining the Giants’ staff is too good of an opportunity for Callaway to pass up.

But I have a feeling he won’t be gone long.

If LSU has a solid offensive season in 2021, Peetz will be a highly sought-after coordinator in the NFL.

(In fact, if former LSU passing game coordinator Joe Brady becomes a head coach after the 2021 season, then I could see Peetz joining him as an offensive coordinator.)

If the Tigers lose Peetz, then the logical choice would be to promote DJ Mangas to offensive coordinator and bring in Russ Callaway as the passing game coordinator.

Or if Peetz and Mangas both leave, then I could see a situation where Callaway lands of the offensive coordinator job in Baton Rouge.

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Either way, it seems likely that Callaway will eventually be part of LSU’s coaching staff again.