FootballScoop.com has a report out that LSU receivers coach & passing game coordinator Joe Brady has been targeted by the Carolina Panthers for an offensive coordinator job.
It should be noted that Brady and Rhule share the same agent (Trace Armstrong), which only adds to the intrigue. Is Armstrong helping make the right connection between Brady and Rhule, or is Armstrong simply ensuring that his client (Brady) will get the best possible deal from LSU?
Sources tell FootballScoop neither party wishes to explore this before the National Championship game Monday night.
Scoop is, of course, referring to new Panthers head man Matt Rhule, who recently made the jump from Baylor. LSU and Brady have reportedly agreed to terms on a new contract, mostly with the idea that he will not be leaving for any other college job, short of a head coach opportunity. However, a return to the NFL has been cited by many as a different type of temptation.
Money isn’t likely to be a determining factor here. LSU will certainly offer Brady a major raise, and while there’s nothing official, a transition plan to the full-OC job is also in the plans.
In other words, this will just come down to what Brady wants. Back to the NFL? It certainly seems like something he’s open to. On the one hand, it makes all the sense in the world to cash in on being the Flavor of the Week while it lasts. Offensive coordinators at every level are hired to be fired, and the line between hero and villain is comically thin. Yes, there’s pretty much nowhere to go but down in terms of the offense he just led here. But...if you can come somewhere in the ballpark in 2020, without Joe Burrow around? Then you’re talking about putting yourself into the Dave Aranda/Brent Venables class of assistant coaches that can call their own shot.
But only Brady knows if that’s a risk he’s willing to take.