Update (1/16/20): The Panthers have officially announced Brady as their new offensive coordinator.
While no official news has been announced, reports indicate that LSU passing coordinator Joe Brady is set to become the Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator on new head coach Matt Rhule’s first staff.
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
Brady is most recently famous for being part of the NCAA Championship winning LSU Tigers team and has received much of the credit for Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Joe Burrow’s record breaking season.
He is in his seventh year of coaching, having previously spent time with William & Mary, Penn State, and the New Orleans Saints before making the jump to the position of passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach with LSU.
Brady was connected to the Panthers as early as last week, when his name surfaced in the rumor mill just days after Rhule’s hiring. Having spent time learning under Sean Payton and Drew Brees, Brady has plenty of experience with competent NFL offenses and should bring a fresh perspective to what that means to the Carolinas.
Despite the fact that he is so recently linked with one of the top prospects in the 2020 draft in Burrow, this hiring should not be taken at this time as an indication of the Panthers intention or even willingness to mortgage multiple futures on moving up to draft a specific quarterback this year. Anything and everything remains possible, but the Panthers likely would be unwilling to part with the king’s ransom that the Cincinnati Bengals would require to move off their spot at the top of the draft.