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Carolina Panthers hire LSU's Joe Brady as team's offensive coordinator, per report

Alaina Getzenberg, The Charlotte Observer on

Published in Football

Carolina's offense is about to get interesting.

The Panthers have hired LSU's Joe Brady as the team's offensive coordinator, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

After spending the last year as LSU's passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach, Brady takes over the job at 30-years old, 37 years younger than Norv Turner, the team's previous offensive coordinator.

Brady helped revolutionize LSU's offense this past year with quarterback Joe Burrow. The Tigers led FBS in completion percentage (75.1 percent), total offense (568.5 yards per game) and points per game (48.4) and was second in first downs (418) and passing yards per game (401.6).

Burrow won the Heisman Trophy this season with a record 90.7% of first-place votes and was the first LSU player to receive the award since halfback Billy Cannon won it in 1959. The 60-year gap is the largest for any school with multiple wins.

With Cam Newton set to turn 31-years old in May, Brady is just more than five months younger than the Panthers' starting quarterback.

Brady became one of the hottest offense names in football after just one season at LSU. Prior to joining Ed Orgeron's staff, he spent two years as an offensive assistant with the Saints. Before that, he was a graduate assistant at Penn State, where new Panthers coach Matt Rhule played as a walk-on linebacker in college.

 

During his college career, he was a wide receiver at William & Mary for four years (2009-12) and then coached the team's linebackers for two seasons (2013-14) before joining the Nittany Lions. Brady had originally enrolled at the Air Force Academy, but transferred after one year. He grew up in Florida.

The Panthers' offense struggled to be consistent throughout the year with three different quarterbacks starting games for various reasons. The offensive line was a major issue as Carolina allowed 58 sacks, tied with the Dolphins for the most in the NFL. The lone bright spot was Christian McCaffrey, who had a historic season, becoming the third player in NFL history with 1,000 receiving yards and 1,000 rushing yards in a single year.

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