According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Indianapolis Colts quarterbacks coach Marcus Brady is being promoted to the team’s vacant offensive coordinator position—after Nick Sirianni was hired earlier on Thursday to become the Philadelphia Eagles new head coach:
Testing you all!— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 21, 2021
MARCUS BRADY is being promoted from QB coach to OC for @Colts.
Rising star will replace Nick Sirianni who become Eagles head coach.
The 41 year old Brady is considered an up-and-comer as an offensive minded coach, as the Jacksonville Jaguars requested to interview him earlier in the day for their own offensive coordinator position—before the Colts promoted him for themselves:
We mentioned the likelihood of this earlier—Brady's flown under the radar, but the guys in Indy will tell you how good he is. Well-deserved promotion, and a potential future head coach. https://t.co/U5OKCjLaDR— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 22, 2021
He was a former quarterback for Cal State Northridge before playing professionally in the CFL for the Toronto Argonauts (2002-03), Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2004-05), and Montreal Alouettes (2006-08).
Brady later became the Alouettes wide receivers coach (2009-11) and their offensive coordinator (2012), and then was the offensive coordinator for the Argonauts (2013-17).
Brady joined the Colts as their assistant quarterbacks coach in 2018 and was later promoted to their actual quarterbacks coach—where he has served for the past two seasons before his latest promotion on Thursday.
As Colts quarterbacks coach, Brady worked with the likes of Andrew Luck, Jacoby Brissett, Philip Rivers, and Jacob Eason.
While Brady does have offensive coordinator experience from his time coaching in the CFL, it’s expected that Colts head coach Frank Reich will continue to primarily handle the offensive play-calling duties again—as Sirianni did not have that role either previously.
That being said, Brady will have input on those play-calls, situational football, and ensuring that Colts players are properly lined up in the right formations—with correct personnel.
Brady was an internal candidate, who already knew Reich’s offensive system, the playbook, and the majority of the players—although he and the rest of the Colts offensive coaching staff will be tasked with getting a new starting quarterback acclimated in Indianapolis, as well as a left tackle—with big offseason retirements at both positions.