3. Joe Brady
Joe Brady was one of the hottest names at the beginning of the season but has since cooled off. Personally, I am not as high on Brady as other people are as he is unproven and we have no idea if he can be the guy calling the shots as the head coach.
He would be absolutely stellar as an offensive coordinator but that obviously is not going to happen. He is not leaving the Panthers for a lateral job elsewhere.
But the recent track record is still really good for Brady and it is really exciting to think about the connection he would have with Herbert and what he could do for Herbert’s game.
Brady came in as the passing coordinator of the LSU Tigers during their record-setting National Championship season. Joe Burrow had arguably the best season in college football season and while he had a lot of weapons, Brady does deserve some credit in that huge jump (although I still give most of the credit to Burrow himself).
He then comes to Carolina and Teddy Bridgewater has the best season of his career. Brady took receiving options that have been passed over time and time again and turned them into legitimate weapons. They navigated the loss of Christian McCaffrey by getting decent production from Mike Davis.
I could see Brady actually becoming a head coach in 2-3 years, but maybe a team takes a shot on him this offseason. Regardless, there is no doubt that he would, at the very least, be good for Justin Herbert.