5 things on Marty Hurney’s to-do list during the bye week

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Form a contingency plan for Joe Brady

It might come down to this, but the Carolina Panthers need to be ready in the event Joe Brady ends up with a head coaching job in 2021. The offensive coordinator has made an eye-catching start to life at the next level and although his play-calling in certain situations could use improvement, teams are always on the lookout for the next great young coach to lead them back to prominence.

This would be a blow to the Panthers, who brought Brady into the fold after he guided LSU’s historic passing attack during their historic National Championship triumph in 2019.

Brady’s departure would damage the continuity of Carolina’s offense if the play-caller departed after just one season. But one that they’d be foolish not to have considered before offering him the job in the first place.

These discussions don’t have to involve Brady as it’s unlikely Carolina will stand in his way despite their desire to keep him around. Head coaching offers don’t come around every day and although it might appear a little too soon for him, that might not factor in his eventual decision.

Putting together a shortlist of possible replacements ahead of time would be a shrewd move and might result in a quick appointment that would get extra time to build relationships with prominent playmakers on offense.