As had been indicated over the weekend, the Carolina Panthers offered LSU’s Joe Brady their offensive coordinator position, which he will accept. News broke this afternoon from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, among others.
LSU’s passing game coordinator Joe Brady has told people today that he is planning to return to the NFL and the Carolina Panthers, per league sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 14, 2020
This isn’t a huge surprise. While LSU was prepared to pay Brady handsomely, the 30-year-old assistant apparently sees himself back in the NFL. LSU can offer money and titles, but NFL coach is something else entirely. While it’s disappointing to lose such the assistant coach of the year after just one amazing year, it’s certainly a worthwhile tradeoff, given the year the Tigers just had.
That year that ended with shattered offensive records, a Heisman Trophy and the national title, in case you forgot.
I would imagine there are still some other coaching dominoes to fall; Steve Ensminger will never have a better chance to retire on top, if he’s decided he’s ready, and Dave Aranda will likely get some attention from the now-open jobs at Baylor and Hawaii. On top of that, it seems a fairly open secret that former LSU assistant and recently fired Texas-San Antonio head coach Frank Wilson looks to be headed back to Baton Rouge as well.
There is an obvious internal replacement for Brady in offensive analyst Jorge Munoz, a former offensive coordinator himself at ULL, as well as receivers and quarterbacks coach at different stops. Munoz worked with LSU’s quarterbacks a ton — Joe Burrow thought enough of him that he invited Munoz to New York for the Heisman ceremony — and has been valuable in 2021 quarterback recruiting as well. He even got some talk for the Oregon OC job, although recent reports indicate former Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead is the choice there.
Elevating Munoz would make a lot of sense with LSU’s offense still returning quite a few pieces next year, plus a quarterback that, while inexperienced, has been with the program a while. But I also imagine Ed Orgeron will have no shortage of options for this, or any other, position that comes open. LSU pays well and will give assistant coaches the chance to work with talented players. That will always attract quality applicants.