The Atlanta Falcons confirmed on Thursday that they interviewed Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Joe Brady for their vacant head coaching position.
At 31 years old, Brady would be a half decade younger than Falcons quarterback Matt Ryam who turns 36 in May. To say Brady’s rise has been meteoric would be an understatement.
He was hired as an assistant at New Orleans in 2017 before serving one season as offensive coordinator at LSU in 2019. The Panthers hired him a year ago to be offensive coordinator, and now he’s getting head coach interviews.
Talent is talent though. Sean McVay was 30 when he was hired by the Rams, and the Atlanta native is seen as one of the brightest coaches in the game; not just one of the brightest young coaches.
On the flip side, Lane Kiffin was also 31 when he was hired to be the head coach of the Raiders, and he clearly wasn’t ready for such a gig.
The Panthers ranked 21st in total offense in 2020, three spots below the Falcons. The Panthers ranked 19th in total offense in 2019 before Brady arrived.
Brady may be a future star as a head coach, but this seems too early in his career to take on a rebuilding job as big as the Falcons.