Joe Brady, NY Jets, OC Candidate, Search
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Joe Brady is a unique character in New York Jets’ offensive coordinator search

Some of the New York Jets‘ offensive coordinator candidates have experience at the position. Some of the candidates are young, unproven guys with upside.

Joe Brady is a combination of both.

According to Albert Breer, the 33-year-old Brady is a name to watch in the Jets’ OC search.

Brady, 33, was set to be the NFL’s next great wunderkind when the Carolina Panthers hired him to be their offensive coordinator at just 30 years old in 2020. Brady rose to prominence as the passing game coordinator for LSU’s 2019-20 National Championship team, and he made the meteoric rise straight from there to an NFL offensive coordinator.

Brady’s first season in Carolina was a mixed bag. The team’s final offensive numbers were not great (17th in DVOA and 24th in scoring), but quarterback Teddy Bridgewater had one of his better seasons in the NFL while four different Carolina players eclipsed 1,000 scrimmage yards.

Despite the shaky results, the NFL seemed to like Brady’s work in 2020, as he was getting head coach interviews in the 2021 circuit. Even the Jets interviewed him for their head coach vacancy.

Brady did not land a head coach job and returned as the Panthers’ OC in 2021. After a hot start behind Sam Darnold, the Panthers quickly cooled off. Carolina fired Brady during its Week 13 bye.

The next offseason, Brady landed in Buffalo as the Bills’ quarterbacks coach, which is the role he holds today.

Brady is an intriguing wild card in this search due to his unique blend of experience and upside. He is the youngest candidate to be mentioned as an option for the Jets, and yet, he already has experience calling plays in the NFL.

Perhaps Brady will improve in his second go-around. Now that he has had some seasoning along with some time away from the OC position to reflect and self-scout, Brady might be more prepared for an OC role, allowing him to fulfill his potential. Experience is the best teacher. Brady didn’t have it back in Carolina, but he does now – and he is still young enough to provide the modern mindset that you won’t get in an older coordinator.

Is this all wishful thinking? Or does Brady truly have what it takes to learn from his past and become a great coordinator in the NFL?

To find out, we brought Panthers film expert Aaron Duncan onto the Cool Your Jets podcast to tell us everything about Brady’s two-year stint in Carolina. Aaron went into great detail about Brady’s scheme, philosophies, play-calling tendencies, overall strengths, and overall weaknesses.

Was Brady scapegoated in Carolina or was he the problem? Aaron lets us know.

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Jets71
Jets71
10 days ago

Josh Allen is as sloppy as ever and he keeps the other team in it way too much for a guy with his talent. The offense and QB situation in Carolina was an unmitigated disaster while he was there, and I even recall Aikman (who I respect) questioning his ability as a Pro OC/play caller. That’s enough for me to not want Brady. I don’t understand why they would move on from LaFleur to another guy JUST LIKE HIM. Guys like Brady, Patullo, the guy from NE (I refuse to use his name) and Brian Johnson are basically the same guy as LaFleur. I don’t understand the search so far, of course we don’t know everybody, but Saleh said they are bringing in a Sr. offensive assistant. Where is the guy? Darrell Bevell? Is that that guy? I for one hope this search adds more candidates.

Also, been thinking more and more about the change, lots of chatter about Woody pushing for the move, and I think it was Joe. I think he’s looking at the talent and saying “I can’t do better than this brining in guys” (outside the QB of course), and none of them are really taking steps forward. Remember now, he calls the shots, Saleh reports to him, not directly to Woody. I think Joe hashed it out with Saleh and they decided to make move. My feeling is Woody is happy with Joe, as am I. People kill him for missing on Zach, that was the best possible decision at that time. I don’t think Joe is going anywhere, and I think he’s the one that pushed for the staff changes.

Why does Calabrese still have a job?

Mike Palazzo
Mike Palazzo
9 days ago
Reply to  Jets71

I agree about Calabrese. He needs to go.

mlesko73
mlesko73
9 days ago
Reply to  Jets71

Jets 71 I agree w/ your comments. I think of Frank Reich or Gary Kubiak as a “senior offensive mind”. Hire one of these less experienced guys to tutor under them and keep the pipeline going.

As a long-time Jets fan (season tix in the 70’s) I think that I’ve earned the right to say “be patient”. Joe D has his head on straight and priorities in order; O Line first. Did he miss on Zach and maybe Mekhi? Of course. Show me the perfect GM who has never missed.
This year, which was by all accounts progress, was hampered by injuries and the Zach situation. We are on the right track.
If Saleh needed to be pushed to make the move, so be it. I’m not naive, but I do believe that there could be more “mutual parting” then most give credit. If you were MLF would you want to stay given the Zach situation (moreso about the team accepting him)?

There should be no foolish “playoff mandate” for next year, for Joe or Saleh. It’s arbitrary and short-sighted. Saleh is learning as anyone in any profession continues to learn. Ask Mike Tomlin and he’ll say he’s still learning. Saleh will be a great coach in this league. With the new generation of players, being liked isn’t everything, but it is necessary.