It was reported last Saturday that LSU passing game coordinator Tigers Joe Brady had been considered for a position with the Carolina Panthers under first-year head coach Matt Rhule, which Brady severely denied during a one-day press conference media ahead of Monday’s National Football Football Playoff game against the Clemson Tigers.
However, Adam Schefter of ESPN Tuesday reported that Brady plans to leave college and return to the NFL after the dominant LSU victory. After all, he will join Rhule staff.
This is significant for two reasons, mainly that Brady was a New Orleans Saints staff member just a year ago as an offensive assistant. It was his first major coaching gig as a thirty year old who had previously worked at William & Mary, with an assistant graduate of Penn State in the middle. Jordan Rodrigue of Athletic confirmed that Brady will work on Rhuse’s staff as an offensive coordinator, making him the youngest manager at that level in the league.
The other significance of this move is that the Saints will play the Panthers twice a year as rivals of the Southern NFC. This means problems if Brady is able to successfully import the crafty game designs and smart trends he has installed at LSU. At least Payton and his staff know him well and will be better prepared than most to plan against him.