Indianapolis Colts fire former CFL quarterback, assistant coach Marcus Brady

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The Indianapolis Colts have fired offensive coordinator Marcus Brady, the team announced on Tuesday morning.

The Colts have averaged 16.1 points per game amid a 3-4-1 start to the season, which ranks third-worst in the NFL. The offence is generating 339.4 yards per game, which is close to the middle of the pack, though they have struggled to run the ball after dominating along the ground in 2021.

The 43-year-old was promoted to the role of offensive coordinator last year after spending two seasons as the club’s quarterbacks coach. Indianapolis narrowly missed the postseason with a 9-8 record but finished eighth league-wide in scoring (26.5 points per game) and second league-wide in rushing yards (149.4 per game).

Second-year running back Jonathan Taylor had a breakout season in 2021, rushing 332 times for a league-leading 1,811 yards and 18 touchdowns. This year he has been far less effective with 107 carries for 462 yards and one touchdown through six appearances.

Indianapolis also recently made a quarterback change, benching 37-year-old former MVP Matt Ryan for former sixth-round pick Sam Ehlinger. The second-year passer threw for 201 yards in his first career start this past weekend in a 17-16 loss to the Washington Commanders.

Brady played seven seasons at quarterback in the CFL with the Toronto Argonauts, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and Montreal Alouettes, throwing for 3,321 yards, 15 touchdowns, and 16 interceptions and rushing 122 times for 679 yards and six touchdowns.

He ended his playing career to pursue coaching and served as the receivers coach with Montreal under Marc Trestman for three seasons (2009-2011) before becoming the offensive coordinator in 2012. He left for Toronto in 2013 to join former colleague Scott Milanovich as the team’s offensive coordinator and served five years there before heading south to the NFL.