Indianapolis Colts quarterbacks coach Marcus Brady wants to see more opportunities for minority coaches in the National Football League.
“Hopefully, we’re working in that area. It’s going to be about guys getting opportunities and developing,” Brady told the Indianapolis Star. “I’m not frustrated about it, but I know it’s something that needs to be addressed.”
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 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 spent five seasons there, winning a Grey Cup with the double blue in 2017.
“Being a backup quarterback, you’re always helping out, preparing the game plans, and you kind of see a different perspective from playing,” Brady said. “That’s why I think a lot of good backup quarterbacks become good coaches.”
Colts head coach Frank Reich hired Brady as the assistant quarterbacks coach for the 2018 season. Indianapolis QB Andrew Luck returned to elite form passing for 4,593 yards and 39 touchdowns, second most in the NFL. That earned Brady a promotion to the main quarterbacks coach spot for the 2019 season.
“I’m grateful for my opportunity, but I understand that, obviously, I’ve got to have success, and hopefully it brings opportunity for others,” Brady said.
After Luck suddenly and shockingly retired, four-year pivot Jacoby Brissett took over the starting role last season. He performed beyond expectations passing for 2,942 yards while completing 60.9 percent of his passes with 18 touchdowns against six interceptions. The Colts finished 7-9 and out of the playoffs.
“He grinds his butt off just getting it ready,” offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni said about Brady. “He really puts in endless hours to get that tape ready, putting the plan together and presenting it to us as coaches.”
“That is hard work, that is a lot by him and Marcus Brady. Really Marcus is the primary guy right there helping Jacoby with that,” Reich said.
The NFL instituted the “Rooney Rule” in 2003 which requires teams in the league to interview ethnic minority candidates for head coach and top level football personnel jobs. There is no hiring quota, just the stipulation that one minority person must be interviewed if a position becomes available. There are currently three African-American head coaches in the NFL, the exact same number as in 2003 when the Rooney Rule was put into action.
“You’ve got to develop the young coaches, the young, black coaches. That’s where it starts. It’s where it starts for every coach,” Brady said.
“You start at the bottom, whether it’s quality control or GA, and you work your way up. You just learn.”