LSU Football: Tigers reportedly lose offensive assistant to NFL

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LSU football will be without one of its assistants when the season opens on September 4 against UCLA.

According to a report from Football Scoop, Tigers offensive analyst Kyle Caskey is returning to the NFL to join Urban Meyer and the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Caskey was hired by LSU back in May. He’s a former NFL assistant who spent the 2019 and 2020 seasons as the running backs coach for the Detroit Lions.

Before joining the Lions’ staff, Caskey served in a variety of roles for the Cincinnati Bengals, including running backs coach.

Losing an analyst obviously isn’t a huge deal. But we’ve seen in recent years that analysts can provide a lot of value for programs. Nick Saban has a long list of analysts at Alabama. Most of those analysts are ex-head coaches or ex-NFL coaches.

Typically, an analyst helps break down film and game plan. They basically free up the on-field coaches to do more actual coaching. Hiring fired coaches reduces the learning curve for an analyst.

Who should LSU football hire next as an analyst?

LSU will likely replace Caskey before the Tigers’ season-opener against UCLA.

But who should they replace him with?

That’s a good question. There aren’t any obvious fired coaches on the market at the moment.

I think a good choice would be to raid the Carolina Panthers’ offensive office.

LSU’s offense is basically the brainchild of Panthers offensive coordinator Joe Brady. Tigers offensive coordinator Jake Peetz and passing game coordinator DJ Mangas both have strong Brady connections (which is why Ed Orgeron hired them to run LSU’s offense).

Finding someone in Carolina to take over as an analyst would provide some continuity for the coaching staff. Essentially, they could right to work without going through a lengthy orientation.

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Maybe someone like Panthers coaching assistant Garrett McGuire, a former Baylor quarterback who is from Cedar Hill, TX. McGuire could be a promising up-and-coming coach who could provide some nice value for LSU’s coaching staff.