Brady sets a new course while the Indianapolis offensive is in flux

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Brady sets a new course while the Indianapolis offensive is in flux

Marcus Brady takes on an Indianapolis Colts offense in the river.

Quarterback Philip Rivers and longtime left winger Anthony Castonzo have retired. Brady’s predecessor as offensive coordinator, Nick Sirianni, is heading to Philadelphia. Passing specialist Kevin Patullo left another hole in following Sirianni to the Eagles, and general manager Chris Ballard has yet to decide whether to re-sign soon-to-be-free agents TY Hilton and Marlon Mack.

Instead of getting angry, Brady digs deep, works hard, and adjusts to the new reality.

“Every team is going through this, so it’s really nothing new,” he said on an introductory video call Tuesday. “Quarterback is of course a very important position, left tackle is a very important position, so we have to deal with these issues. We will work on that. Chris and his staff are doing a great job. (Coach) Frank (Reich) and I will put our heads together as a whole group and employees and put together the best management team out there. “

It’s a new challenge for Brady.

He has spent 16 years in coaching, with Indianapolis being his only NFL stop. Brady joined Reich’s employees in 2018 as an assistant quarterbacks trainer. A year later he was named the primary quarterbacks coach. Now he will be responsible for the offense even if he doesn’t call plays.

Brady rose quickly through the ranks and even piqued the interest of other teams before Sirianni’s departure. Brady, 41, will become the Black’s third offensive coordinator in the NFL, joining Eric Bienemy of Kansas City and Byron Leftwich of Tampa Bay the same week the other two made the Super Bowl.

“I understand what’s going on in the media because it’s a topic of discussion – the lack of minorities taking advantage of these opportunities,” Brady said after thanking the Colts for believing in him. “I understand I have to go out there and do a great job. Given this opportunity, it is my responsibility to go there and produce so that others may have the same opportunities that I have been blessed with here. “

Fortunately, Brady isn’t starting from scratch.

Indy’s other four starting offensive linemen are set to return, and rookie Jonathan Taylor cemented his role as Mack’s successor by breaking 1,000 yards last season. Zack Pascal, rookie Michael Pittman Jr. and the often injured Parris Campbell lead a reception corps that promises to be solid – with or without Hilton.

Even the quarterback transition seems relatively routine for Brady.

When the long-time Canadian Football League veteran first hired, Andrew Luck was the starter. Luck’s sudden resignation in August 2019 forced the Colts to join Jacoby Brissett. Then Rivers replaced Brissett last season. With Brissett also close to becoming a free agent, and Jacob Eason being the only signed quarterback on Indy’s roster, Brady will likely be pairing up with his fourth starter on opening day in four years.

Ideal? No, but it won’t worry the steadfastly quiet Brady.

“We adapt well to the players, not just the quarterback position, but everyone we have on the offensive,” he said. “Once we have completed this position, which is a very important position, we will adjust the offense and adjust it to its strengths.”

Brady has other strengths.

After Brady retired from college as Head of Career at Cal State Northridge, he played seven seasons in the CFL and learned the nuances of another style of football. At the age of 28, he began coaching receivers with the Montreal Alouettes and serving as the offensive coordinator for a year. In 2012 he took on the job of coordinator for the Toronto Argonauts, where he named plays until he joined the Colts.

Brady was part of three Gray Cup championship teams, and now he’s hoping his experience in Canada will help him put together an offensive creative enough – whoever is on the roster – to get a Super Bowl ring as well win.

“All the moves and movements – there is a bit more variety in that aspect so you can get very creative offensively,” he said, referring to his time in Canada. “There are many aspects of the game that have part of it shut down one way or another and some of the RPOs (run-pass options). I’ve learned a lot from the CFL and can bring it down here, just nuances of the game over there. “

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