LSU Football: Tigers lose offensive analyst to the NFL

It’s been an active offseason for LSU football.

The Athletic’s Joe Person reported on Thursday that LSU football is losing offensive analyst DJ Mangas to the Carolina Panthers.

Mangas, who will serve as an offensive assistant with the Panthers, will join former Tigers passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach Joe Brady in Carolina.

This move doesn’t come as a surprise. In fact, Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger hinted last month that Mangas was a prime candidate to head to Charlotte with Brady.

Mangas played and coached with Brady at William and Mary, before landing in Baton Rouge last season.

In 2017, Mangas was the second youngest offensive coordinator in the nation (at 27 years old) when he took over control of William and Mary’s offense.

It’s obviously never ideal to lose any assistants — even off the field assistants.

But this is a move that could actually help the Tigers in the long run. Heading to the NFL to learn under Brady will make Mangas a better coach. If new passing game coordinator Scott Linehan makes the jump back to the NFL in the near future (which wouldn’t surprise me, given his previous NFL experience), then Mangas could become a prime candidate to return to LSU as the Tigers’ passing game coordinator.

Of course, that’s looking away ahead. Either way, Joe Brady, and all the coaches that fall under his umbrella, will always be mentioned in the same breath as LSU. And that’s a good thing.

It’ll help the Tigers in recruiting and it’ll help anytime they have a staff position come open.