|Age (30) nothing but a number for Panthers' coordinator Joe Brady|
|Collegiate offensive wizard brings skills to NFL|
|Published Friday, January 17, 2020 5:18 pm|
|PHOTO | CAROLINA PANTHERS|
|Joe Brady, who orchestrated a national championship-caliber offense at LSU, is the Carolina Panthers' new offensive coordinator. At 30, Brady is the NFL's youngest offensive coordinator.|
Joe Brady reached the pinnacle level of football coaches at an early age.
The Carolina Panthers hired Brady, 30, the NFL’s youngest offensive coordinator a week after introducing former Baylor head coach Matt Rhule as head coach. Brady, who won a college national championship as LSU’s passing game/receivers coach, earned the Broyles Award for the best assistant coach at the collegiate level.
“I never thought of what the next job was while I had one,” Brady said Friday at an introductory press conference at Bank of America Stadium. “I just knew if I could take care of what I took care of in the current job, then the rest would take care of itself. I’m a big believer in how you do anything is how you do everything.”
Brady noted that his approach to LSU focused on implementing a scheme to fit their players. That meant a spread offense for the Tigers, who topped the nation with an average 48.4 points and 568.5 yards per game.
“The approach that you take, it doesn’t matter what level you’re at, whether it’s high school [or] the pros, the manner in which you prepare and that you approach your day shouldn’t change,” he said. “I might be the offensive coordinator right now, but I still work like I’m a graduate assistant. None of that has ever changed. None of that will change. I still wake up at the same time, and I’m still going to put in the same amount of work, no matter [my] role, and I believe that the players will see that.”
Brady has coached in the NFL before, spending two seasons in New Orleans as an offensive assistant. He also spent two years as a graduate assistant at Penn State. However, his coaching journey began in 2013-14 at William & Mary, his alma mater, as linebackers coach. He played receiver for three seasons with the Keydets after a season at Air Force.
“When I was a defensive assistant, I knew if I was going to be the best defensive assistant the rest will take care of itself,” Brady said. “I thought the same way as a graduate assistant, as a wide receiver coach, and all that. I’m grateful for every opportunity I’ve had. They’ve all got me to this point.”
Brady knew from an early age that he enjoyed making football decisions and drawing up schemes.
“When you have some time in the classroom in elementary school, you’re probably drawing up some plays,” he said. “It becomes real in college, and you realize you’re not a very good football player, and you’ve gotta realize that you’re probably not going to play in the NFL, so let’s try to make coaching your career. While I was in college, I started having ideas. Obviously, you become a coach and you start seeing what’s working. You’re a defensive assistant, and you start seeing what’s giving you issues against a defensive perspective, and you start expanding upon that. When you’re a [graduate assistant], you’re like, ‘all right, I might have an opportunity to call plays one day, and I want to start putting together a playbook.’ You’ve always gotta prepare for the next opportunity.”
Brady declined to get into specifics regarding the future of quarterback Cam Newton.
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