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What’s Next For Joe Brady?

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Nov 29, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) celebrates with wide receiver D.J. Moore (12) after scoring a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings during the second quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Could the former Carolina Panthers Offensive Coordinator Joe Brady find himself back on a college football coaching staff? Or will another NFL team take a chance on the young play-caller?

Two years ago, Joe Brady was atop college football’s highest mountain. The LSU Tigers won their fourth National Championship. Brady was serving as passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach, under head coach Ed Orgeron. The wunderkind’s offense included a slew of current NFL talent: quarterback Joe Burrow, wide receivers Ja’Marr Chase, Justin Jefferson, and Terrance Marshall Jr., running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, and centered by Lloyd Cushenberry. Many analysts consider this high-scoring group to be an all-time great team. If nothing else, it was enough to peak the interest of a few NFL teams. The Carolina Panthers, who were hoping Brady would breathe life into a lifeless team, took a chance on him.

Hindsight Is 20/20

Now, after barely two years on the job, Brady finds himself looking for his next opportunity. After a promising 3-0 start to the season, the Carolina Panthers soon began a downward slide. Many factors went into this- injuries, bad play calling, personnel issues- but many teams deal with this throughout the course of a 17 game season. There has been speculation as to why Brady was fired; perhaps he and head coach Matt Rhule didn’t get along or they had fundamentally different strategies. Or perhaps, Rhule was trying to save his own skin as he is reportedly on the hot seat. The team currently sits at 5-7.

Potential Landing Spots

Where might Brady end up? There are reports coming from Miami that their new Athletic Director wants to go “all in” with the football program. It is rumored that new head coach Mario Cristobal will have the largest coaching staff salary in the country. Could that alone be enough to bring Brady down south? Perhaps. Or, could he land at Miami rival Florida State? FSU’s current offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham is receiving calls from his former employer Auburn. This would be a lateral move, and an unlikely one at that, but stranger things have happened.

Prior to joining LSU’s staff, Brady served as an offensive assistant for Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints. Maybe a reunion is in order there. He could find himself on Urban Meyer’s staff in Jacksonville to help develop rookie QB Trevor Lawrence (who Brady’s Tigers beat in the 2019 CFP Championship).

Despite some early struggle in the professional ranks, Brady is still in the beginning stages of what could be a long and successful coaching career. Undeniably, he has a niche for creating explosive offenses. Any team, college or NFL, in search of a spark should at least pick up the phone and begin the conversation.

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