Panthers To Hire LSU’s Joe Brady As OC

Joe Burrow‘s transcendent season may well have opened the door to a major opportunity for LSU’s passing-game coordinator and wide receivers coach. Joe Brady has informed people Tuesday he plans to join Matt Rhule‘s Panthers staff, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports (on Twitter). This move will make Brady the Panthers’ new offensive coordinator, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic tweets.

The Panthers were linked to the 30-year-old LSU assistant for their offensive coordinator role recently. Brady agreed to an LSU extension, but that deal will not stand to impede a return to the NFL. This would mark a return to the NFL for Brady, who served as a Saints offensive assistant from 2017-18.

Originally linked to an OC role if Ravens DC Don “Wink” Martindale landed a coaching job, Brady will instead follow Rhule to Charlotte and become the NFL’s youngest active OC. Brady’s stay at LSU produced one of the most dominant seasons in college football history, with Burrow throwing an astounding 60 touchdown passes (against only six interceptions). Not traditionally known for their passing attack despite employing some top-flight receiver prospects, LSU stampeded through a brutal schedule to a national championship.

The Tigers’ wideouts thrived under Brady, with both Ja’Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson eclipsing 1,500 yards. Chase, a potential 2021 first-round pick, caught 20 touchdown passes. Jefferson, who is eligible for the 2020 draft, was not far behind with 18. Neither Odell Beckham Jr. nor Jarvis Landry surpassed 10 TDs in a season with the Tigers. Twelve more than any Division I-FBS quarterback threw this season, Burrow’s 60 TD passes would have ranked second to any LSU quarterback’s career total.

This will represent a big jump for Brady, who has never been a coordinator at any level. Prior to joining Sean Payton‘s staff three years ago, the former William & Mary wide receiver’s highest coaching rank was as a Penn State graduate assistant. He is now expected to be Carolina’s second coordinator from the college ranks, joining former Baylor DC Phil Snow.

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15 comments on “Panthers To Hire LSU’s Joe Brady As OC

  1. JJB0811

    Its refreshing to see 30 something year olds getting good gigs in coaching. It’d be nice to see that in the executive level as well. You don’t need to be 50 to become a good GM.

    • crosseyedlemon

      I agree with you that NFL owners need to engage in more out of the box thinking but there is a difference between college football and the pro game and I expect Rhule and those young guys are about to learn this the hard way.

    • elscorcho the marlin
      elscorcho the marlin

      I’m not familiar with their backup qb, but they might have regressed to that, anyways, after burrow left.

      • downeysoft420

        Yeah that can tend to happen till they get the next youngster some experience unless they landed another star freshman which I don’t believe they did or go after a transfer like burrow was

  2. bryzzo_2016

    Not sure that system will work in the NFL, especially on a team like the Panthers. You need a GREAT O-line and a decisive, accurate and intelligent QB.

  3. HubcapDiamondStarHalo

    Man, if I had been in the Bengals front office, I’d have done just about anything to hire Brady so as to keep him and Burrow paired.

    • crosseyedlemon

      The elevator in Philly might be going below ground if Howie dismantles that OL and unloads his veteran talent. Seems like a strange strategy after having just given Wentz an extension.

  4. mario crosby

    You mean the LSU boosters didn’t match the Carolina offer? Must have decided to put it to better use like giving the players better paying fake jobs.

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