3 reasons Panthers OC Joe Brady is the answer to Eagles’ prayers

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Joe Brady’s success in transforming quarterbacks

While the Eagles’ current quarterback situation is currently anything but certain, one thing that appears likely is that Carson Wentz will stick around for at least 2021.

The quarterback’s contract extension combined with the expected drop in salary cap will make it nearly impossible to move on from the former first-round pick, even by trade. With that being said, it’s likely that he will be given another shot in the new year, regardless of who is the head coach.

If the new head coach is indeed Joe Brady, then he could potentially be just the man Wentz needs to put his career back in the right direction. In just the past four years he has transformed Joe Burrow, helped Teddy Bridgewater to the best statistical season of his career, and has experience working with one of the best signal-callers of all time in Drew Brees.

The most notable of Brady’s quarterback accomplishments is undoubtedly the success he had with Burrow.

Prior to Brady’s arrival at LSU, Burrow passed for just over 3,000 yards and 18 touchdowns in 23 games at the collegiate level. With Brady overseeing the passing game in 2019, the Tigers had one of the best aerial attacks in college football history en route to a national championship, and Burrow’s numbers were off the charts.

In just 15 games, Brady turned a so-called “average” quarterback into a Heisman Trophy winner who accounted for more than 6,000 yards of offense and 65 total touchdowns. If he could do that with Burrow, then there’s evidence to suggest he can work his magic with Wentz as well.

Wentz certainly struggled during 2020, but he’s just three years removed from an MVP-like season in 2017 and posted very respectable campaigns in 2018 and 2019 before regressing this time around. Assuming the Eagles bring in some offensive weapons this offseason, there’s no reason to think that Brady can’t help direct the former first-round pick back to Pro Bowl form if he is offered a route out of the Carolina Panthers after just one season.