CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Panthers are taking a risk.
Just a month after owner David Tepper acknowledged the "difficulty of the transition" from the college to professional level, the Panthers will have at least five coaches with mostly collegiate experience leading the team.
With the hiring of head coach Matt Rhule, offensive coordinator Joe Brady and likely defensive coordinator Phil Snow, the Panthers have invested in leadership that has never coached in the NFL at that level. Rhule is also adding Frisman Jackson (wide receivers) and Jeremy Scott (strength and conditioning) to his staff, two coaches who are joining him from Baylor.
But perhaps no risk is greater than the one they are taking with Brady. Ignoring the age of the 30-year-old, Brady has never been an offensive coordinator before or been responsible for calling all of the plays for an offense.
He comes from LSU where he was the passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach for just one season after spending two years with the Saints as an assistant. Brady was responsible for calling plays in the red zone, third downs and a couple of other packages with the Tigers.
Hiring him could be a genius move, adding a coach on the rise onto a team in a time of transition.
But what should be expected from a Brady offense?
At LSU, he helped implement a unit filled with run-pass options that relied on taking advantage of the skill-position players' strengths and abilities. A lot of what he absorbed from his time with the Saints translated on the field with the Tigers.
Prior to Brady's arrival in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, LSU relied on first establishing a running game and using play-action passes to get the ball downfield in 2018. In that offense, 2019 Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow wasn't highlighted and didn't benefit from the scheme.
But Brady adapted the offense to what fit Burrow -- more deep throws, more run-pass options.