Up until his latest endeavor was announced this morning, Brees was last seen on NBC as one of their premier analysts.
Drew Brees, the former NFL quarterback, is being hired as an interim assistant coach at Purdue, source tells @SINow.
He wanted to help during the coaching transition. He’ll assist team in prep for the Citrus Bowl and coach in the game. He can also recruit via an NCAA waiver.
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) December 15, 2022
Brees is a brilliant football mind, and he will likely be a great fit within the Purdue organization.
He knows the building well, considering he spent four years as their starting quarterback from 1997-2000.
After Brees left Purdue, the team experienced 12 losing seasons but turned the program around.
In the past two seasons, Purdue has a combined record of 17-9.
Brees should be a key contributor to this coaching staff, especially if he is eventually given the keys to the offense.
Brees’ Coaching Credentials
Although Brees played for four years at the collegiate level, and another 20 years in the NFL, he does not have any notable coaching experiences.
At the time of this publication, we do not believe that Brees has coached at any level, certainly not at the professional or collegiate levels.
How productive can a coach with no experience truly be?
The Indianapolis Colts recently hired former NFL player Jeff Saturday to be their interim head coach.
Similarly to Brees, Saturday had played for years at the collegiate and NFL levels but only had coached at a local high school.
While the jury is still out on Saturday, the good news for Brees is that he won’t be Purdue’s head coach, at least right away.
By being an assistant, he can learn the ropes of collegiate coaching and see where this new adventure leads him.