Carolina Picked Up Two of the Hottest Coaching Names in Two Weeks
Fresh off the LSU Tigers defeating the Clemson Tigers 42-25 in the College Football National Championship Game, LSU passing game coordinator Joe Brady is coming back to the NFL and the Panthers in particular.
According to ESPN Senior NFL Reporter Adam Schefter, Brady has been telling people close to him that he plans to return to the NFL as the Panther’s offensive coordinator for new Panthers and former Baylor Bears head coach Matt Rhule.
The Panthers within seven days have become one of the most interesting teams in the NFL, but let us take a look at how the Panthers got to the point of bringing in one of the brightest offensive minds in college football.
Brady Made Joe Burrow A Legitimate NFL Quarterback
Before 2019, Brady was an offensive assistant to the division rival New Orleans Saints from 2017 to 2018 and spent most of his time as an assistant at William & Mary and Penn State.
Brady became the passing game coordinator for LSU in 2019 and inherited former Ohio State quarterback Joe Burrow, who transferred to the Tigers just a season prior. Burrow threw 16 touchdowns, five interceptions, 2894 yards passing and had a completion percentage just under 60 percent.
In the one season, when Brady was passing coordinator for the Tigers, Burrow threw for 60 touchdowns, which broke Colt Brennan’s record of 58 touchdowns in 2006. Burrow also threw for 5871 yards, six interceptions and a completion percentage of 76.3 percent.
Burrow went on to win many awards, including the 2019 Heisman Trophy and is slated to be the no. 1 overall pick to the Cincinnati Bengals during the 2020 NFL Draft in April.
So What Does All This Mean For The Panthers?
This, along with the hiring of Rhule just one week ago can only mean one thing: Owner David Tepper wants the Panthers to become an offensive juggernaut.
It also means that they believe quarterback is an issue that needs to be addressed in the offseason, albeit sticking with Cam Newton, developing Kyle Allen or Will Grier or grabbing one of the plethoras of young quarterbacks in this year’s draft.
The Panthers are sitting at seventh overall in terms of draft position, meaning any chance to get Tua Tagovailoa or Burrow would require the Panthers to trade up, and presumably give up a huge price to do so. If the Panthers do draft a young quarterback in the draft, I would suspect they are going to get Justin Herbert from Oregon, who many people last season considered to be a solid quarterback.
At seven, the Panthers wouldn’t have to trade up to get him, as he is projected to go somewhere between 10-15 in the draft this year. Regardless of what the Panthers do in the offseason at quarterback, the hiring of Brady to handle the offense could mean a changing of the guard in the NFC South.