LSU’s offense this season has pretty much set every school record, and assistant coach Joe Brady is a big reason why.
Brady is the Tigers’ passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach. He won the Broyles Award this year, which is given to the best assistant coach in college football. Even LSU’s offensive coordinator, Steve Ensminger, is willing to give Brady all of the credit for the offense’s high level of production.
“I don’t give myself any (Getty Images),” Ensminger said at media day. “Well, I knew we had to change. Coach O said, Hey, let’s do this. I said, let’s go. It’s not about me. It really is not. It’s about LSU. I played there, I went to school there, I love that school. Whatever we could do to make LSU great, I’m in. I appreciate Joe Brady, I promise you. He’s brought a lot to the table. I couldn’t be more happy for him.”
LSU recently reached a three-year contract extension with Brady to keep him from leaving for other assistant jobs. According to Sports Illustrated, the deal pays him “more than double his current earnings of $410,000” and “protects LSU from losing Brady to college assistant jobs, but provides him flexibility for a jump to a college head coaching position or the NFL.”
So who is Brady, exactly? Let’s get to know him.
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Is Joe Brady related to Tom Brady?
Despite both of them being named Brady and being offensivly-minded, they are not related.
How does Brady manage the offense with Ensminger?
The title of “passing game coordinator” doesn’t sound like it offers a whole lot, but Brady is very much involved in LSU’s offensive game plan. While speaking to reporters on media day, Ensminger broke down how he manages play-calling duties with his assistant.
We talked about it before the game. I tell him, I know what my strengths are and I know what my weaknesses are. Joe is better with our compact packages. Joe is better at our empty package than I am. So I tell him, we talk about it before the game, Look, when I want to go empty, be ready. If it’s third and whatever, and I have a call, I make it. If not, I tell him. He has it all highlighted. I’m like, Take it.
We can go to empty right now. I said, Joe, I’m going empty. Take it, he’s ready for it.
Compact meaning our bunch packages, a condensed formation, stuff like that. He’s better at that than I am. I know it. I tell him, Hey, I want to go whatever it is, bunch, pack ’em all in here. I said, Call it. He’s ready for it.
Ensminger also added Brady has a close connection with LSU QB Joe Burrow.
“Joe Brady talks to Joe Burrow as much as I do,” Ensminger said. “Putting in this passing system and everything else, like I said, when Joe comes off the field, he’s on the phone with Brady because I’m preparing for the next series. They’re going through the last series.”
Brady has interest from NFL teams
Brady came to LSU from the Saints where he worked as an offensive assistant.
“There wasn’t a job I didn’t have to do there,” Brady said about the role, via CBS Sports.
Reportedly, the team with the most interest in Brady is the Carolina Panthers. Carolina recently hired Baylor coach Matt Rhule as its head coach, and he’s eyeing Brady as the team’s offensive coordinator.
League insiders believe Panthers’ interest in Joe Brady is real. Doesn’t mean it will happen, but I wouldn’t bet on David Tepper being outbid. https://t.co/NTn0w7XHtZ
— Joe Person (@josephperson) January 11, 2020
Brady will have a big decision to make after the national championship game on whether he’d like to stay, or chase an opportunity elsewhere.
Brady helped Burrow set a massive amount of LSU records
- 7,898 total offensive yards, most in school history (single season)
- 5,561 passing yards, most in school history (single season)
- 68 total touchdowns, most in school history (single season)
- 5,208 passing yards from Burrow, most in SEC history (single season)
- 55 passing touchdowns from Burrow, most in SEC history (single season)
- 102 receptions for Justin Jefferson, most in school history (single season)
- 18 receiving touchdowns for Justin Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase, most in school history (single season)
Brady went from unknown to “hot commodity”
In 2014, Brady was a linebackers coach for Williams & Mary. Even just last year, he was an offensive assistant for the Saints. When he was brought on by LSU, there wasn’t a lot of attention placed on the hiring. But after the success of the Tigers’ offense, leading to a Heisman trophy for Burrow, then people started taking notice.
“Not many people knew who I was up until a month or two ago,” Brady said.
Now, he’s gaining interest from NFL and college teams. The Athletic reports, “Multiple NFL teams have reportedly been interested. Tom Herman and Texas reportedly kicked the tires, as well. Objectively, Brady is a hot commodity in the football world.”