INDIANAPOLIS – Quarterbacks trainer Marcus Brady has been named Indianapolis Colts Offensive Coordinator, according to multiple reports.
The promotion was first reported by Mike Chappell of FOX-59.
Brady becomes the NFL’s third black offensive coordinator. He replaces Nick Sirianni, who was reportedly hired as the Philadelphia Eagles head coach on Thursday. Neither the Colts nor the Eagles announced the decisions.
Brady’s rise comes just two days after the Jacksonville Jaguars asked permission to interview him for their offensive coordinator job.
Brady, 41, joined Colts when head coach Frank Reich was hired in 2018. After a season as assistant quarterbacks coach, Brady became a quarterbacks coach.
The native Californian played quarterback in Cal State Northridge, where he became the school’s leading passerby. His seven year playing career was in the Canadian Football League, where he won three Gray Cups. Brady made an immediate move to the CFL after retiring as a player. He coached broadband receivers in the Montreal Alouettes for three years before becoming offensive coordinator in 2012. From 2013-17 he held the same position with the Toronto Argonauts.
Brady has big shoes to fill, Sirianni, who worked with the chargers under Reich before joining Colts staff in 2018. Although Reich named the pieces, Sirianni was a trustworthy assistant with extensive offensive inputs. The Colts’ 451 points in 2020 ranked third in franchise history.
Brady is credited with helping Andrew Luck return to the 2018 NFL Comeback Player of the Year after injury.
The Colts have had three different quarterbacks in Luck, Jacoby Brissett and Philip Rivers in so many seasons – and they’re probably looking for another new passerby for 2021 after Rivers retired Tuesday. Brissett, who started 2017 and 2019 with mixed results, is expected to become a free agent.
General Manager Chris Ballard mentioned Brady is part of the inner circle and has influence on the quarterback position when he recently discussed what the Colts would do if Rivers decided to retire. Quarterback Jacob Eason, who was voted fourth round in 2020, just ended his rookie year without snapping a snap, and Ballard said he needed to see more of Eason before deciding if he could be the backup.
The Colts have the money to sign or purchase a free agent quarterback. Her estimated salary cap of $ 68.8 million is among the highest in the NFL. Ballard was skeptical about drafting a quarterback with the selection of the team’s first round in 21st place overall.
The Colts improved four wins to 11: 5 and reached the playoffs for the second time in three seasons last year. They lost 27-24 to the Buffalo Bills in an AFC wild card playoff game.