Joe Brady is out of the Panthers’ bunch.
The Panthers stunningly parted ways with offensive coordinator Joe Brady on Dec. 5 (Week 13), after just a year and-a-half at the helm of the Carolina offense.
Brady is less than a year removed from being a red-hot coaching candidate across the league, interviewing for five head-coaching openings across the league. He’s also just a few years removed from his stay at LSU, where he helped orchestrate one of the greatest offense attacks in college football history in 2019.
The Tigers would win the national championship during the Brady-Joe Burrow partnership.
Here’s why the Panthers made the change:
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Why did the Panthers fire Joe Brady?
With the Panthers offense bottom-of-the-barrel in consecutive years under Brady, some reports indicate that the offensive coordinator and head coach Matt Rhule saw a difference in offensive philosophy that caused the schism and led to the firing.
Per ESPN’s David Newman, Brady was unwilling to commit to a more pure running offense, something that Rhule has been clamoring for in recent years.
Matt Rhule wanted the Panthers to rush 30-33 times a game. They had only 16 rushes in their last game before the bye. Now former OC Joe Brady just never found the right balance.
— David Newton (@DNewtonespn) December 5, 2021
Coincidentally, the Panthers currently rank 18th in passing attempts vs. 12th in rushing attempts through 12 weeks.
Last January, Joe Brady had five NFL head coaching interviews. But the #Panthers have been one of the NFL’s least-productive offenses two years in a row and there were signs Brady and Matt Rhule weren’t on the same page. Big changes coming off the bye with Brady out.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) December 5, 2021
While Brady’s offenses never took off, Carolina has also dealt with a quarterback carousel during the Rhule tenure. The team turned to Teddy Bridgewater (15 touchdowns, 11 interceptions) in 2020, before trading for quarterback Sam Darnold in 2021 (seven touchdowns, 11 interceptions). Bridgewater was traded to the Broncos during the offseason, while Darnold offered diminishing returns in 2021 before suffering a shoulder injury.
Darnold’s shoulder gave way to a reunion with quarterback Cam Newton, who was benched in Week 12 following a disastrous 5-of-21 passing performance.
The team has also had a less-than good offensive line and various injuries to highly paid running back Christian McCaffrey, who is now out for the year with an injury.
In Brady’s stead, the Panthers will turn to senior offensive assistant Jeff Nixon as the interim OC.