Doug Nussmeier has another SEC job, though a bit more low-profile than his last one.
Various media reports, including one from The Advocate of Baton Rouge, say Nussmeier, whose three-year tenure as Florida’s offensive coordinator did not go well, has been hired as an offensive analyst for LSU. He will work for new LSU coordinator Steve Ensminger, who was promoted from tight ends coach when Matt Canada was pushed out following the 2017 season. Ensminger’s promotion was somewhat of an eye-opener because he hasn’t been a full-time OC since 1998.
Nussmeier and Ensminger have a combined 22 seasons of SEC coaching experience.
Nussmeier’s time at Florida was underwhelming. The Gators never averaged more than 344.0 yards nor more than 23.9 points per game while he was coordinator. The passing attacks were especially anemic, with the Gators never averaging more than 215.8 yards per game in the air.
But LSU’s pass offense has been even worse the past four seasons, with three seasons under 200 yards per game and the high mark at 203.5 yards per game.
As an analyst, Nussmeier won’t be allowed to be an on-field coach. Presumably, most of his time will be spent watching film and helping Ensminger in his game-planning. Nussmeier actually gets OK marks in that aspect, but his in-game adjustments at Florida were … well, they basically were non-existent.
Nussmeier has worked extensively with quarterbacks throughout his career, and can help Ensminger in that regard, too. Ensminger was Auburn’s quarterbacks coach in 2003, but that was the last time he went a full season overseeing that position.
Hiring a former Power Five coordinator as an analyst is a coup of sorts for a head coach. At the same time, Nussmeier taking an analyst job — and under a coordinator who is on the hot seat before calling his first play in his new role — shows that the job market for him was not robust. Recent Alabama analysts Mike Locksley and Steve Sarkisian now are coordinators at Alabama and with the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, respectively, but it’s hard to see Nussmeier following that same path and being hired for a prominent coordinator job again. His work as OC at Michigan in 2014 and at UF the past three seasons would seem to preclude that.
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