Could LSU football lure Joe Brady away from the Panthers?

Could LSU football lure Carolina Panthers OC Joe Brady? Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports
Could LSU football lure Carolina Panthers OC Joe Brady? Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports /

If LSU football decides to make a coaching change at some point in the near future, could they lure Joe Brady away from the Panthers or the NFL in general?

The LSU football faithful have grown a bit restless since the Tigers’ unbelievable National Championship season in 2019.

Head coach Ed Orgeron deserves a ton of credit for the team’s most recent National Championship and assembling one of the best rosters of players in recent college football history.

Joe Burrow was brought over as a transfer from Ohio State and had arguably the best single-season in college football history for a quarterback. Justin Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase led a star-studded wide receiver group and the offense, in general, was loaded with big-time NFL prospects who are already making noise at the next level.

One of the top “prospects” on that 2019 LSU team was not a player, however. It was passing game coordinator Joe Brady, a young coach who had just spent the previous couple of seasons working under Sean Payton with the New Orleans Saints.

Could LSU football lure Joe Brady away from the Panthers?

After the 2019 season, Brady was hired away from the LSU football program as the offensive coordinator for Matt Rhule’s Carolina Panthers. Rhule, like everyone else, saw the outstanding work Brady had done coordinating LSU’s passing attack (not to mention, working with their wide receivers) and gave Brady a tremendous opportunity at the age of 29 to become an NFL offensive coordinator.

Just a couple of years later, Joe Brady’s name is coming up again, possibly in connection with LSU football.

We’ll have to see what happens with Orgeron, but since the 2019 season, LSU is 8-8 and as I’m writing this out, they are going toe-to-toe with the Florida Gators on their home field in a high-scoring affair.

If, at some point, the LSU football program decides to move on from head coach Ed Orgeron, would they be able to lure Brady away from the Carolina Panthers?

We may be asking the wrong question there.

The better question might be — can the LSU football program lure Joe Brady away from the NFL?

It’s not just the Carolina Panthers that LSU would be competing with.

Early in the 2021 NFL season, there has been plenty of talk that Joe Brady could potentially be a highly sought-after coach on the 2022 NFL head coaching circuit.

Brady can thank guys like Sean McVay if an opportunity like that arises so quickly. Just five years ago, Brady was a graduate assistant at Penn State. Now we’re talking about him as a possible NFL head coach or potentially the head coach of a major college program.

The ties to LSU football are obvious, even though Brady only spent one year there.

If NFL teams are calling Brady about interviews, it could throw a significant wrench into things, but college programs typically make moves on their head coach much quicker than NFL teams do at the end of their regular season.

If the LSU football program wants to hire Joe Brady, they could get a leg up on the NFL simply in terms of timing and try to make Brady an offer he can’t refuse.

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Hiring Joe Brady isn’t going to bring Joe Brady back to LSU. It’s not going to bring Ja’Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson back. But Brady could close some deals in recruiting based on the outstanding work he did with that 2019 unit and the fact that he’s now got a lot of friends in high places in the NFL.