Carolina Panthers: Five draft targets in the CFP National Championship

Isaiah Simmons of the Clemson Tigers (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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LSU Tigers football team
LSU Tigers football team (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

Joe Brady, Passing Game Coordinator – LSU

He’s not a player, but the Panthers would be just as well to do their homework on Joe Brady on Monday night. In his first season as LSU’s passing game coordinator, Brady has taken an average offense to the nation’s best, all while having the same group of players. Not to mention he transformed Burrow into a Heisman Trophy winner and the likely number-one overall pick in the NFL draft.

Prior to the national championship there have already been reports that the Panthers could be targeting Brady as the team’s next offensive coordinator, despite the Tigers recently handing him a three-year extension worth roughly $1 million per year. The deal bounds him to LSU at the collegiate level, although he could still leave for an NFL job. In just one year, Brady took a LSU offense that ranked outside the top 65 in passing and made them the second-ranked passing attack in the nation. He has led a similar charge in terms of both total and scoring offense.

Brady has been in coaching for less than ten years, but has already worked under James Franklin, Sean Payton, and now Ed Orgeron at LSU. Experience shouldn’t be an issue in the Panthers’ case, and neither should money. David Tepper is the richest owner in the NFL by far, and if Carolina feels it’s right, has plenty of money to bring him to Charlotte. If LSU wins the game and the offense continues to be dynamic and explosive, the Panthers should–and likely will–make a real push to bring him in as the team’s new offensive coordinator.