BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - But can he walk the walk?
The Tigers' interim head coach Ed Orgeron said all of the right things, but executing them will be the tricky part.
He promised a more open offense that will spread the ball out more, but still one that won't neglect their strength of running the ball. Everyone knows the talent LSU has all over the field, but how much will they be able to change the philosophy already four games into the season? From what it sounds like, at the very least, Orgeron is willing to give change a try. Whether Danny Etling is the answer at quarterback for that change is yet to be really known.
Coach O and his players also put a big emphasis on the energy and emotion that he'll bring. His loud voice on the practice field with the defensive line has become a staple at LSU, and now he's tasked with bringing that get up and go attitude to the whole team.
One of the main things we've heard from every LSU player we talked to in regard to Miles is how much of a players' coach that he is. The personality and energy that Orgeron brings, that athletic director Joe Alleva calls contagious, could lead him to win the players over in similar fashion.
None of them seemed completely OK with Miles' departure, but in the same breath, they refused to accept any notion that the season is over. The belief that the Tigers can turn it around is there from head coach to his staff to his players, but it will certainly be easier said than done.