INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The time is now for Marcus Brady.
A quick rise through the coaching ranks landed the 41-year-old the gig of Colts offensive coordinator.
“Surprised, no, I’ve been coaching now, going into my 13th year now. It’s a different league obviously, but it’s still coaching football. I’ve been playing and coaching football for many years now. It’s really just about the opportunity,” Brady said.
Brady began his coaching career in the Canadian Football League with Montreal in 2009 as the wide receivers’ coach. He then transitioned into the offensive coordinator role for one season before joining Toronto’s staff as OC for four seasons.
“It’s a different game up there,” Brady said. “All the movements and the motions – there is a little bit more variety there in that aspect, so you can get very creative offensively.”
Since then, he’s been with the Colts serving as assistant quarterback coach in 2018 and then being promoted to quarterback coach for the last two seasons.
“I’ve been around great people that have groomed me and brought me here; under Marc Trestman, under Scott Milanovich and now here under Frank and the coaching staff that is here. Like I said before, we have a great staff. I’ve learned from all of them.”
However, the biggest challenge for Brady hasn’t been re-adjusting to the states. It has been planning an offense around four different quarterbacks in the four years he has been with the Colts.
“We adapt well to the players,” Brady said. “Not just the quarterback position but everybody that we have. I had a great year with Philip, learned a lot from him, developed a good relationship with Philip and he’s at peace. I know he’s excited about his next step and I think we all are ready to move on and start our next chapter here in Indy.”
While Frank Reich will be calling plays for the Colts this season, Brady still has a new mix of responsibilities. Arguably the most important one is the role he will play in pushing the league’s leadership forward by becoming the third Black coordinator in the NFL.
“I understand that I have to go out there and do a great job,” Brady said. “It is my responsibility given this opportunity to go out there and produce, so that others get the same opportunities that I have been blessed with here.”
Now that the Colts have a new offensive coordinator, Indianapolis patiently awaits who the next quarterback will be.
“You could go young, you could go with a veteran and we have to put our minds together and figure out who is out there, who can we get to put in this situation,” Brady said. “Until we know who we can get, you really can’t make that decision yet.”