After a bit of speculation, the Buffalo Bills managed to secure Ken Dorsey as their new offensive coordinator to replace Brian Daboll.
Dorsey was already working for the team as their quarterbacks coach, but some connected him to jobs elsewhere. Instead, he stays in Buffalo, but the work wasn’t done there.
Someone then had to replace Dorsey and that ended up being Joe Brady.
Brady, 32, spent part of the last two seasons as the Carolina Panthers’ OC. In December, Brady was fired. In 2020, Carolina hired Brady from LSU.
Upon leaving college, Brady was touted as potentially one of the top future head coach prospects.
Just because it didn’t work out with the Panthers, it doesn’t mean Brady doesn’t still have potential. Still the question remained: Why Brady for the Bills?
Prior to coming to Buffalo there were no connections to either head coach Sean McDermott or general manager Brandon Beane.
Beane’s explanation was logical.
“It’s always good to have familiarity, but it’s always good to have challenge and bring in new ideas as well. That was the thought with Joe,” Beane said at the 2022 NFL combine.
The “familiarity” is Dorsey. The “new ideas” is Brady. Checks out.
On Brady, bare minimum with the Bills, he will have some better quarterbacking to work with than he did in Carolina.
Buffalo’s Josh Allen is already in the early MVP conversation for 2022. Brady probably liked the idea of working with such a player.
In terms of the head coach, McDermott and Brady do share alma mater. McDermott loves that.
But in a more serious sense, McDermott has thus far been impressed by Brady’s intangibles.
“You watch what he did at LSU. I knew his name coming through the ranks, what he did at William & Mary,” McDermott said. “You’re talking about, by all accounts, a smart guy that works hard.”