Someday, the meteoric rise of play calling ace Joe Brady is going to make for a heck of a movie script.
After starting in the coaching profession coaching the linebackers at William & Mary (FCS - VA) in 2013-14, Brady got a break at the FBS level as a graduate assistant at Penn State in 2015-16. After that, Brady landed with the New Orleans Saints as an offensive assistant. That's where most people have picked up his impressive rise in the profession.
Looking for a new offensive coordinator after a disappointing year filled with friction with Matt Canada at the helm, Ed Orgeron was looking to modernize his offense and fully utilize the talents they had recruited to Baton Rouge to work in tandem with newly appointed offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger. Orgeron's search for that passing game coordinator led him to Brady, who was certainly an unconventional pick at the time to come into the SEC with no play calling experience, and really no experience
It was a big gamble, and one that Saints head coach Sean Payton publicly shared that he thought Brady would be making a mistake in taking. However, as we know now, it paid off huge for LSU and the future of Joe Brady.
Much has been written about Joe Brady in the last 18 months or so, and his meteoric rise to the position of Panthers offensive coordinator after a year in Baton Rouge deserves every bit of the attention it has gotten. But at least one NFL insider believes there's more in store for Brady...and in quick order.
“I think Joe Brady is going to have a really good chance to get a head coaching job after this year,” former Browns, Eagles and Ravens scout turned NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah shared on Sports Radio WFNZ in Charlotte via 247.
“I think it's more likely that Joe Brady gets a head coaching job next season than he doesn't.”
From graduate assistant in 2015 to NFL head coach in 2021? It's certainly possible for Joe Brady, and that should spark confidence in a lot of young coaches out there hoping for a similar career trajectory - as wild as that sounds.
With an opening with the Texans already on the books, and seats heating up in Detroit, Atlanta, and with the New York Jets (just to name a few), there will be some situations that will seem like a good fit for Brady to come into and put his stamp on as a young coach.
He joins veteran offensive coordinators like Kansas City's Eric Bieniemy and Baltimore's Greg Roman who seem primed to attract plenty of attention this next coaching cycle as well.
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