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.
#Panthers OC Joe Brady, a bright up-and-coming offensive mind, received requests from the #Falcons, #Texans, and #Chargers to interview for their vacant head coach jobs, source said. A new name into the HC mix.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 5, 2021
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.
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