The reason Joe Brady could become an NFL head coach a year too early

Former LSU Football passing game coordinator Joe Brady (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
Former LSU Football passing game coordinator Joe Brady (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /

Former LSU football passing game coordinator Joe Brady, who is currently the Carolina Panthers’ offensive coordinator, has interviewed for several NFL head coaching jobs in recent weeks.

It’s not surprising that Brady is garnering interest as a head coach. He’s widely regarded as the mastermind behind the Tigers’ historic offense in 2019.

But it seems a bit early for Brady to get a head coaching gig — at least in my opinion.

Brady doesn’t have a ton of on-field coaching experience. Prior to joining Ed Orgeron’s staff, Brady was an offensive assistant for the New Orlean Saints. Before that, he spent two years as a graduate assistant on James Franklin’s staff at Penn State.

Teams might not want to miss out on Joe Brady

Brady could very well end up getting a head coaching gig during this current cycle for one key reason.

Teams don’t want to wait a year too long and possibly miss on a coach that some folks feel like could be the next Sean McVay. That could mean a team (maybe the Philadelphia Eagles) will jump the gun and go ahead and hire Brady to be their head coach.

This is a sentiment that former NFL quarterback Dan Orlovsky echoed this month.

“NFL organizations should be very very weary of passing on Joe Brady,” tweeted Orlovsky recently. “He has all the makings of a really good HC—and you’d rather be a year early than a year late. See Sean McVay and Rams.”

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If Brady ends up landing a head coaching gig, it could have a major impact on LSU football. Brady and new Tigers offensive coordinator Jake Peetz are extremely close. If Brady becomes a head coach, he could possibly lure Peetz back to the NFL.

Peetz, by the way, doesn’t owe LSU any buyout money if he takes a job in the NFL.

This is definitely something worthy of monitoring for LSU fans.