Argos offensive coordinator Marcus Brady to leave for NFL job

Toronto is about to lose offensive coordinator Marcus Brady to the NFL, per sources.

Brady is in the process of accepting a position with the Indianapolis Colts.

New Indy head coach Frank Reich was a quarterback at the University of Maryland, the same school where former Argos bench boss and current Jacksonville Jaguars quarterbacks coach Scott Milanovich played. Brady spent eight seasons, from 2009 to 2016, on coaching staffs with Milanovich, first in Montreal and then Toronto. That’s the Colts connection.

After seven seasons as a quarterback in the CFL with Toronto, Hamilton and Montreal, Brady was named the Alouettes receivers coach on Marc Trestman’s staff with the Alouettes in 2009 to begin his coaching career. He was elevated to Als offensive coordinator in 2012 and then took the same job with the Argos in 2013 and has spent the last five seasons in Toronto, winning a Grey Cup with the Argos in 2017.

The Argos may not have to look far for a replacement: Argonauts’ receivers’ coach Tommy Condell was the offensive coordinator for three seasons in Hamilton from 2013 to 2015 before joining Trestman last year. Trestman plays a significant role in offensive game planning as well as calling the plays for the double blue.

It’s the second major departure from Trestman’s Argos staff, in early February 3DownNation reported that defensive coordinator Corey Chamblin was unlikely to return to the club.

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Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.
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Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.

20 Comments on Argos offensive coordinator Marcus Brady to leave for NFL job

  1. RalphInTheCreek // February 22, 2018 at 9:39 am //

    Everybody in the league would leave for the NFL if they had a chance.

    • Wonder if the money has anything to do with that? Nah, probably not.
      What makes football different than any other job. Wouldn’t most people leave their current jobs if they were to receive substantially more pay?

  2. Jeff Garcia's Agent // February 22, 2018 at 10:16 am //

    It’s no different than the players. Coaches salaries are vastly higher in the NFL, even for assistants.

    • This is generally true, but money isn’t everything. An NFL coach is basically married to his job. It consumes all your time for the whole year. And its’ very transient. NFL coaches are always moving from team to team. When Hufnagel was fired for the last time he made a beeline for the CFL and he’s been here, and with the same team, every since. Imagine the improvement in his quality of life, and in his families quality of life.

      Anyway, I’m glad to see this because more players and US coaches will see the CFL as not only a good place to coach, but also a place that would open the door to coaching in the NFL, or US college football, later on if they wanted.

      • So you just skimmed this article and totally missed the connection…nice one troll

        • The connection made no sense. Just because Frank Reich and Scott Milanovich are both grads of Maryland, how is there a connection between Brady and Reich? For starters Reich played at Maryland long before Mailanovich ever did. I think it’s a huge reach to try and connect those dots.

      • Depends on what the coach is looking for … the bright lights of the top league – with everything that comes with it.

        Or the lessor lights – with possibly more stability. Though CFL coaching is pretty transitory as well.

        The main complaint I have is why a player can’t get out of their contract to go to the NFL while a coach can.

        As a fan, I don’t like the turnover but as a working person – I don’t like the differences.

        • I think that’s where the option year clause comes in. If a player has a legitimate shot at making big money in the NFL we should let them go, but only if it’s a legitimate shot. We wouldn’t let a coach go without a firm contract and we shouldn’t let a player go without something roughly equivalent, which in this case should be a healthy signing bonus, imo.

  3. Thank goodness for the CFL – the NFL wannabes need us , and they ‘NEED’ us

    • wow I think its more mutual than your self serving comment but in reality a job in the NFL will get you noticed far more and wider ranging because of the sheer volume of positions available …and thats not even counting the college scene which prob still pays more than the CFL.

      you are a wannabe lol

  4. Well, remember that Anthony Cavillo sitting idle. He gone along very well with Trestman. Don’t be surprised if he becomes OC.

    • AC hasn’t proven that he is a quality coordinator. If he wanted to coach with Trestman I’d assume that he would have to take a lesser role.

    • Calvillo was a great QB, but (a) never wanted to call his own plays, even early in his career when it was still possible, and (b) has had no success in any of his Als’ coaching roles. In my view he’s simply not as good an offensive strategist as a Trestman or Milanovich or Brady.

  5. Dunk should have written how much Brady was making as well as if he was still under contract.

  6. This is a direct result of the miracle Scott Milanovich pulled off this year with Blake Bortles. The NFL is a copycat league … Brady’s worked with great CFL quarterbacks (including AC and Ray) and is a logical grab for a smart guy like Frank Reich. Combined with Steinauer’s success at Fresno State, expect CFL coaches to have more opportunities down south over the next few years.

    This is good news for the CFL. Anything that leads to better coaching salaries to keep talent will also lead to better compensation to recruit coaches.

  7. Good riddance Brady!Maybe now the next O/C can keep Ray off his backside with better Pass protection from the O line! Start with getting rid of Van Zyle!More involved with the O line coach helps!

  8. Paul Smith // February 22, 2018 at 7:48 pm //

    Dunk is Junk

  9. Lindsay Wilcox // February 23, 2018 at 9:22 am //

    …bigger news !!! Orlondo Steinauer has rejoined Ticats’ coaching staff as Assistant Head Coach ! Details at

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