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Joe Brady Could Go From LSU to Carolina OC to Head Coach In No Time

Joe Brady is quickly climbing the coaching ranks. Though only 31 years old, the first-year NFL coordinator has garnered interest from around the league for vacant head coaching gigs.

On Monday, Ian Rapoport with the NFL Network shared some of the teams who have requested an interview with him so far. Those teams include the Atlanta Falcons, Houston Texans and Los Angeles Chargers.

For those wondering, this is how far Brady has come in such a short period of time:

  • Linebackers coach – William & Mary (2013-14)
  • Graduate assistant – Penn State (2014-16)
  • Offensive assistant – New Orleans Saints (2017-19)
  • Passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach – LSU (2019-2020)
  • Offensive coordinator – Carolina Panthers (2020-present)

In other words, Brady has gone for an offensive assistant to potential head coach in just four seasons. That is lighting quick, but that is what teams are willing to do nowadays to find that next up-and-coming offensive mind.

We’ve seen the Arizona Cardinals hire a failed college coach in Kliff Kingsbury, and it hasn’t been a terrible hire. We’ve seen the Cincinnati Bengals bring in a 37-year-old Zac Taylor, despite having no coordinator experience at the NFL level.

This is where things are heading, and Brady is the next in line.

Brady has had success at the college level. He may not have been the true offensive coordinator for LSU in Baton Rouge, but he had a huge hand in turning an anemic offense around and putting several Tigers in the NFL.

That success hasn’t quite translated to the Carolina Panthers, but losing star running back Christian McCaffrey limited his options. Regardless, Brady will likely be a head coach sooner rather than later.

Follow Clint Lamb on Twitter @ClintRLamb.

Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and TideSports.com.

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  1. And what experience has Brady had as a “CEO” managing other experienced coaches ?? NFL owners (and Power-5 ADs) are notorious for jumping at “Flavor-Of-The-Month” Hot Shots.

    For every Lincoln Riley that are indeed “special” prodigies … how many others “Peter Principle” when put into CEO positions with zero experience? Oh well … its not my $$$ being around.

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