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Report: LSU Hires Joe Brady to Football Staff

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Ed Orgeron hires Jerry Sullivan’s replacement from the New Orleans’ Saints staff.

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LSU will be hiring New Orleans Saints’ offensive assistant Joe Brady to replace Jerry Sullivan as the program’s passing game coordinator/receivers coach, per The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman:

I know, I was shocked as the rest of y’all that Bruce broke the story.

Anyways, as mentioned, Brady had previously worked on James Franklin’s Penn State staff along with Joe Moorhead, and chose to join Sean Payton’s staff rather than follow Moorhead to Mississippi State last year.

Per a source, Brady was somebody Orgeron and Steve Ensminger identified for Jerry Sullivan’s position quickly. The LSU coaching staff spent time meeting with the Saints’ staff last offseason, and were very impressed with Brady in their discussions. He becomes the youngest member of the Tigers’ coaching staff, beating defensive line coach Dennis Johnson by two years (28 years old as compared to 30).

From a coaching standpoint, Ensminger and Co. were very impressed with Brady’s acumen in Moorhead’s West Coast Offense-oriented version of the spread, which is heavy on run-pass options. He also came with a ringing endorsement from Payton for his contributions to the Saints’ gameplans last season. From a recruiting standpoint he’s an unknown, although I’m told he is originally from the South Florida region.

Some will speculate on Brady as a potential “offensive coordinator in waiting” deal with Ensminger due to the ages of the two, but I’m told that was not part of this hiring discussion. Although it would stand to reason that it could happen down the road if all parties are happy with Brady’s work. But that’s wildly speculative at this point.

Overall, there’s a lot to like here in terms of LSU adding another young, smart offensive mind to its coaching staff.