Former LSU football assistant Joe Brady used some interesting methods to help Tigers wide receivers improve in 2019.
By now, everyone knows the impact that Joe Brady had on LSU’s offense from a scheme standpoint in 2019.
Brady, the Tigers’ former passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach, updated LSU’s playbook to include more RPO’s and spread concepts.
But that wasn’t the only way Brady helped LSU’s offense. He wasn’t just an offensive mastermind brought to Baton Rouge to bring the Tigers’ offense to the 21st century. Brady was also a position coach, and he helped LSU’s wide receivers get better in 2019 using some interesting methods.
Tigers offensive lineman Damien Lewis recently spoke with Panthers.com and he specifically pointed out Brady’s work with LSU’s wide receivers as a positive.
“Joe had them wearing black face guards so they could barely see catching passes,” Lewis said. “He had them hiding behind doors catching balls. The receivers love him.”
Brady’s methods obviously worked. Sophomore Ja’Marr Chase finished the season with 84 receptions for 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns. Junior Justin Jefferson caught 111 passes for 1,540 yard and 18 touchdowns.
The Tigers didn’t have a wide receiver catch more than 54 passes or go over 900 yards in 2018.
Sophomore Terrace Marshall Jr was fifth in receptions for LSU in 2019 with 46. Those same numbers would’ve been good enough for second on the team in receptions in 2018.
I think it’s safe to say LSU’s wide receiver group in 2019 was the best in the nation.
And that’s mostly because of the work Brady put in with the group.
The Tigers won’t just be replacing an X’s and O’s guy in Brady, they’ll also be replacing a position coach who was incredibly adept at teaching players how to play the game at a higher level.
It won’t be easy to replace Brady, but Ed Orgeron should have plenty of options to choose from.