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The Panthers are targeting LSU’s Joe Brady for OC job

Carolina Panthers coach Matt Rhule is considering bringing in LSU’s passing game coordinator Joe Brady for the team’s offensive coordinator job, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

LSU plays the Clemson Tigers in the National Championship game on Monday, so an interview probably wouldn’t take place until that game is completed.

Brady won the 2019 Broyles Award as college football’s top assistant coach. This is Brady’s first year with the Tigers, and he has been a critical part of quarterback Joe Burrow’s development.

There have been rumors swirling the last few weeks about Brady moving to the NFL, but late in December LSU coach Ed Orgeron was confident he would stay in Baton Rouge, rather than go to the Panthers.

“I believe that we’re in good shape, Joe’s happy here at LSU,” Orgeron said Dec. 31 via 247 Sports. “Obviously, things can happen, but I think we’re in great shape. We’re going to discuss his final situation after we finish and I do believe Joe will be an LSU Tiger. Obviously, he’s going to be a head coach one day. He’s a hot ticket. He’s a great young man and I’ve glad we’ve got him as an LSU Tiger.”

Brady was with the New Orleans Saints for two years before he split to Baton Rouge, so he does have some experience in the NFL. Some of Brady’s decision might come down to who he would be working with at quarterback, especially with the Panthers.

Cam Newton is still under contract for one more year with the Panthers, but there have been trade rumors swirling around. If he thinks he can help Newton take the next step forward, maybe the Panthers is where he wants to be.