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Is Joe Brady A Good Hire For Bills QB Coach?

  • Justin Melo
  • February 2, 2022
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According to multiple reports, the Buffalo Bills have appointed Joe Brady as their new quarterbacks coach. Brady replaces Ken Dorsey, who was recently promoted to Buffalo's offensive coordinator position following the departure of Brian Daboll, who accepted an offer to become the new head coach of the New York Giants. Brady had previously interviewed for a spot on Matt Eberflus' new coaching staff in Chicago before agreeing to terms with Buffalo. There's a lot to unpack here. On the surface, it represents a metaphorical fall from grace for Brady, who was on the fast track to landing a head coaching position just two short years ago. The 32-year-old Brady built an excellent reputation for himself as LSU's passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach throughout the 2019 campaign. The Tigers flourished offensively under Brady's watchful eye en route to securing LSU's fourth national title in school history, the second undefeated champion in the College Football Playoff era, and the second 15–0 season among any collegiate team in the modern era.  The Tigers led the nation by averaging an astounding 48.4 points per game while being powered forward by the likes of Joe Brady, Justin Jefferson, Ja'Marr Chase, and Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Brady was swiftly recognized as the top assistant coach during the 2019 college football season, and was promptly honored with the 24th annual Broyles Award. It was all downhill from there. Brady rode his newfound reputation to the NFL, accepting an offer to become the next offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers on Matt Rhule's staff ahead of the 2020 campaign. Brady failed to encounter the type of offensive talent in Carolina he previously coached in Baton Rouge and his coaching deficiencies were exposed.  The Panthers experienced an abysmal season in 2020 offensively, averaging just 349.5 yards and 21.9 points per contest en route to a 5-11 record. The Panthers switched things up ahead of the 2021 campaign, swapping Teddy Bridgewater for Sam Darnold, but the desired improvements never revealed themselves. The Panthers were every bit as bad offensively in 2021, and Rhule relieved Brady of his offensive coordinator duties in late December prior to the conclusion of the regular season. There's no denying that Carolina's offensive failures extended well beyond Brady's reach, as the organization failed to secure adequate quarterback play throughout his tenure. Brady deserves blame, but there's plenty of it to go around.  Brady will now land in an ideal environment to heal his damaged reputation. Brady will get to work hands-on with Bills starting quarterback Josh Allen on a daily basis, a ritual that will likely reflect well on Brady's coaching capabilities. He joins a strong offensive staff with an excellent, proven, and effective offensive scheme and an elite signal-caller already in place. Getting out of the play-calling limelight while working behind the scenes in a stable situation alongside an MVP-caliber talent like Allen will serve Brady’s soul well. Head coach Sean McDermott also deserves considerable praise for making such a shrewd hire. The defensive-minded McDermott is always at risk of losing quality offensive assistants in today's pass-happy league, and that's exactly what happened when Daboll departed to East Rutherford. McDermott responded in ideal fashion by retaining Dorsey and promoting him to offensive coordinator, defeating the Giants' advances in the process.  Filling Dorsey's vacant quarterbacks coaching position with a young up-and-comer that requires some polishing such as Brady qualifies as a resounding success for all parties involved.

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