Is Joe Brady the NY Jets’ most intriguing OC candidate?

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By: Michael Nania

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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