The LSU Tigers just completed one of the best seasons we have ever seen in the history College Football, going a perfect 15-0 and beating countless top-10 opponents along the way.
While their defense came around by the end of the season, it was Joe Burrow and the Tigers offense that buoying the team all year, putting up historic numbers in the process.
Passing game coordinator Joe Brady was given a lot of credit for being the architect of the offense, as the 30-year-old wunderkind helped make Burrow the best quarterback in the nation.
Now Brady is taking his talents back to the NFL, as reports are that he will take over as the Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator.
Brady was a wide receiver at the College of William & Mary from 2009 through 2012. He remained with the school as a linebackers coach for two years after graduating before taking a job as a graduate assistant at Penn State.
After two years in that position, Brady moved on to the NFL where he worked on Sean Payton’s staff as an offensive assistant. Brady remained with the Saints for two seasons before moving on to LSU.
LSU head coach Ed Orgeron gave Brady his big break by making him the passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach for this season. Brady was so excellent in his role, that he was awarded the Broyles Award for being the top assistant in the nation.
LSU definitely had plans to keep Brady on their staff, as they awarded him a three-year contract extension that doubled his $410,000 salary not to long ago.
While the numbers have yet to be reported, Brady surely got more money to become the offensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers, as money has proven to be no obstacle for Panthers owner David Tepper.
Tepper already spent a great deal on his coaching staff, when he blew all other interested team out of the water in his pursuit to hire Matt Rhule to be his new head coach.
Rhule is a first-time head coach, getting paid more than most other coaches in the sport, after signing a seven-year deal worth at least $60 million.
Brady surely got a big pay raise as well and also gets to take on the position of running his own offense in the NFL at a very young age.
If the Panthers offense takes off in the same way that LSU did this year, Brady may just find himself on the fast-track to joining guys like Sean McVay for being the youngest head coach in the NFL.
NFL May Play Games on Saturday if College Football is Cancelled
Of all the professional sports leagues impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the NFL has been the one best positioned to keep operations going as planned up to this point.
Due to timing, the NFL has been able to take advantage of their calendar by continuing their offseason as planned, through the use of virtual technology. Free agency took place on time, as did last week’s NFL Draft.
The league has had the luxury of time on their hands to plan for their season and plan to play games on schedule when the time comes. However the actual scheduling of the games could be different than ever before.
The chances of packing NFL stadiums with upwards of 60,000 screaming fans this fall appears to be a pipe-dream at this point. Instead the league is going to be playing games without fans and will instead need to profit solely off their television contracts.
One way to make more money through television would be to schedule games for both Saturday and Sunday, leaving more primetime slots available to be filled on networks with NFL games.
The NFL will usually hold off on scheduling any Saturday games until the end of the season, when College Football is no longer being played.
But since there is a good chance that the NCAA simply postpones this season, that opens the door for the NFL to take advantage of the hole in Saturday programming.
While the difference in playing an NFL and a college game may not seem to be that stark, the NFL is better positioned to play a season than the NCAA. The reason being that their players are adults that are getting paid, rather then kids who could be put at risk.
Also the NCAA relies more heavily on their gate at the games than the NFL does, especially when you consider the operation costs for well over 100 teams that play in college compared to the 32 in the NFL.
At this point, everyone is just trying to figure out how to get sports to resume during these uncertain times. With that being said, the NFL is sure to get a ton of viewers if they can air games all weekend starting this fall, without college to compete with.
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Superstar RB Travis Etienne Announces Return to Clemson for Senior Season
Coming into this season, many thought it was a foregone conclusion that Clemson running back Travis Etienne was going to enter the NFL after he became eligible this year.
Etienne has been one of the best running backs in the nation over his three years at Clemson, making him a surefire top pick in the NFL Draft.
So when Etienne posted a statement to Twitter, many assumed it would be to announce the end of his Clemson career.
Instead Etienne has decided to stay at Clemson for his senior season and try to win another national championship with the Tigers.
Etienne, 20, came to Clemson in 2017 and rushed for 766 yards and 13 touchdowns. Then as a sophomore, Etienne had a breakout season that saw him rush for 1,658 yards and 24 touchdowns.
This season, Etienne added another dimension to his game, becoming a reliable pass-catcher out of the backfield for Trevor Lawrence. Etienne had 37 catches for 432 yards, while still rushing for 1,614 yards on the ground.
Many thought that Etienne would be considered the top running back prospect in the draft, as Pro Football Focus College had him ranked as the top back in the nation this year.
Now Etienne returns to Clemson, where he hopes to win his second championship in three years, but also risks a lot in that pursuit.
As high as his stock was, there really isn’t anything Etienne can do to raise his profile more heading into next year’s draft. He is also risking injury by playing another season in college before the guaranteed money in the NFL.
Hopefully Etienne has a healthy and productive year and can still hold that level of ranking when it is time to enter the 2021 NFL Draft next year.
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