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Report: LSU preparing to hire Scott Linehan to be new passing game coordinator

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After winning the national championship, LSU head coach Ed Orgeron found himself in need of a new passing game coordinator. Now, he has one.

According to Bruce Feldman of The Athletic, LSU is preparing to hire veteran NFL assistant coach Scott Linehan to be the new passing game coordinator of the Tigers.

Linehan most recently was an offensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys from 2015 through 2018. Prior to that, Linehan was the passing game coordinator for the Cowboys, which came after five seasons as the offensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions. The former head coach of the St. Louis Rams (2006-2008) has also had coaching stops with the Miami Dolphins and Minnesota Vikings at the NFL level.

Linehan does have college experience, however. His first college job came with his alma mater, Idaho, in 1989 as a wide receivers coach. He eventually made stops at UNLV, Washington and Louisville before making his way to the NFL.

Linehan will be replacing Joe Brady, the 2019 Broyles Award winner. Brady left LSU for the NFL as a part of former Baylor head coach Matt Rhule‘s staff with the Carolina Panthers.

Fresh off national title, LSU assistant Joe Brady eyeing return to NFL

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The day after winning a national title, LSU is about to lose one of its top assistant coaches. Joe Brady, who was LSU’s passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach, has made it known he is ready to return to the NFL. And according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, he will do so with the Carolina Panthers.

Schefter reported, via Twitter, Brady will be heading to the Carolina Panthers, where he will likely be the new offensive coordinator.

Brady would join a coaching staff led by former Baylor head coach Matt Rhule, who also cashed in on a shot to coach in the NFL following a wildly successful season in Waco. Rhule left Baylor to become the new head coach of the Panthers earlier this month after Baylor played in the Sugar Bowl. Rhule was previously reported to have an interest in bringing Brady with him to the NFL, and it doesn’t take a genius to figure out why.

Brady previously spent time in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints, where he spent the 2018 and 2018 seasons as an offensive assistant. Brady previously was a linebackers coach at William & Mary and a graduate assistant at Penn State before leaving to join the Saints. Brady was added to the LSU coaching staff last season and his influence on the passing game led to Joe Burrow shattering LSU and SEC passing records and setting a new NCAA record for the most touchdowns thrown in a single season while also collecting the Heisman Trophy and a handful of other awards. Wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase also won the Biletnikoff Award under Brady’s leadership. Brady was named the recipient of the 2019 Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach.

This news also comes just days after it was reported LSU had agreed on a three-year contract to retain Brady in Baton Rouge.

LSU adds New Orleans Saints offensive assistant to staff

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With a need to fill on the staff, LSU head coach Ed Orgeron has a new passing game coordinator. Joe Brady, who had been an offensive assistant for the NFL’s New Orleans Saints, will fill the role previously held by Jerry Sullivan, who retired this offseason.

The addition of Brady will bring a blend of youth and offensive coaching to the staff. Just 28 years old, Brady will be the youngest full-time member of the coaching staff, and he will be coming to LSU from one of the more effective offensive teams in the NFL. Brady’s main focus this past season was working with the quarterbacks.

While working with future hall of famer Drew Brees may be a bit of an easier job to have, LSU will hope Brady can bring a few lessons learned from a quarterback who passed for 3,992 yards and 32 touchdowns with just five interceptions before leading the Saints to the NFC Championship Game. LSU could use a jolt in the passing game. The Tigers ranked 67th in the nation last season in passing offense, averaging 228.1 passing yards per game with 17 touchdowns (88th in the nation).

Brady got his start in coaching with William & Mary in 2013 as a linebackers coach immediately following his playing career with the program. In 2015, Brady joined the Penn State coaching staff as a graduate assistant. After two years with the Nittany Lions, Brady received an opportunity to be an offensive assistant with the Saints in 2017.

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