Brady Named Colts Offensive Coordinator
The Indianapolis Colts have named Marcus Brady the new offensive coordinator, effective at the beginning of the 2021 season.
Brady has been serving as quarterbacks coach under head coach Frank Reich but will now have control over the entire offense.
Brady will replace Nick Sirianni, who has been hired by the Philadelphia Eagles as their new head coach.
The Colts hired Brady prior to the 2018 season, and he was serving as an assistant quarterbacks coach at that time. In 2019, he was elevated to head quarterbacks coach and has played a key role in introducing Andrew Luck, Jacoby Brissett, and Philip Rivers to the system of Frank Reich.
Before joining the staff in Indianapolis, Brady spent nearly two decades in the Canadian Football League as a player and offensive coach. He was a quarterback for seven years before becoming a quarterbacks coach or offensive coordinator for nine seasons.
During the 2020 season, Brady helped Rivers improve on his turnover issues as the veteran quarterback threw for over 4,100 yards. The Colts were a top 10 scoring team in 2020, and Brady has been credited with helping the offense post such good numbers.
Brady will be taking over an offense that should look vastly different during the 2021 season. Rivers has announced his retirement, and the Colts also have a number of questions to answer on the offensive side of the ball.
Reich will continue to have a role in the offense, and Brady is likely to continue to run a similar scheme that has been used effectively in the last few seasons. Jacob Eason is the only quarterback currently on the Colts roster, but Indianapolis is expected to be a major player in the free-agent and trade markets this season.
Sirianni Takes Over in Philadelphia
Last week, the Eagles announced that they had chosen Nick Sirianni as the new head coach of their franchise. Sirianni takes over for Doug Pederson, who was fired at the end of the 2020 season.
Sirianni had spent the previous three seasons as offensive coordinator with the Indianapolis Colts, and he was a strong head coach candidate for a number of teams. The Eagles interviewed Sirianni over a period of two days before finally offering him the job.
Josh McDaniels, the offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots, was also a candidate for the Philadelphia job. McDaniels has been one of the biggest potential head coaching candidates in the NFL for years but will likely remain in New England.
The Eagles were looking for a new head coach that could work with Carson Wentz and get him back on track to playing elite football at the quarterback position. Wentz was benched in favor of rookie Jalen Hurts during the 2020 season, but the Eagles believe that he is their long-term solution at that position.
Wentz had the best season of his career in 2017 when Reich was the offensive coordinator in Philadelphia. The Eagles are hoping that hiring Reich’s top offensive assistant will lead to another big year from Wentz.
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