On December 3, 2012, Marcus Brady was named the Offensive Coordinator of the Toronto Argonauts. In his seven years of coaching, three with Toronto and four with the Montreal Alouettes, Brady has been part of some of the most prolific offences in the CFL. Prior to joining the Argonauts’ staff, Brady served as both the Offensive Coordinator and Receivers Coach for the Montreal Alouettes. He also spent seven seasons as a quarterback in the CFL playing for the Toronto Argonauts, Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Montreal Alouettes.
2009-11: Receivers Coach, Montreal Alouettes
Brady arrived in Toronto and accelerated an already potent offence. In 2013, his unit scored more than 500 points on the season, which was the most by an Argonauts team since 1998, put up more than 6,900 yards of total offence, Argos quarterbacks combined for more than 5,000 yards passing, and QB Ricky Ray threw just two interceptions on more than 300 attempts and earned East Division Most Outstanding Player honours for the first time in his career. His offence continued to play well in 2014 and 2015, finishing near the top of the League in most significant categories including touchdowns scored (38 in 2014), passing touchdowns (31 in 2014, 37 in 2015), average yards offence per game (354.3 in 2014), average passing yards per game (280.3 in 2014) and highest completion percentage (70.3% in 2015). Under his watch Ricky Ray was honoured as the East Division Most Outstanding Player in back-to-back seasons while receiver Vidal Hazelton was honoured as the East Division Most Outstanding Rookie in 2015.
Brady began his term with the Als in 2009 as their Receivers Coach. That season saw the Alouettes win the first of consecutive Grey Cup championships. Brady has been credited in the development of star receivers SJ Green and Jamel Richardson, both of whom are now elite players in the league. In three years as receivers coach, he put six receivers on the East Division All-Star team and two on the CFL All-Star team. In 2012, he led one of the best quarterbacks in CFL history, Anthony Calvillo, to another all-star campaign. In Brady’s offence, Calvillo finished second among quarterbacks in total yards with 5,082, despite missing two regular season games, and two members of his receiving corps caught for more than 1,000 yards each.
A former quarterback, Brady started 11 games during his seven year CFL stint, completing 246 of 469 passes for 3,321 yards and 15 touchdown passes. He also carried the ball 122 times for 679 yards and scored six touchdowns. He began his career with the Argonauts in 2002, playing in 23 regular season games and four playoff games, before moving to the Tiger-Cats in 2004. He wrapped up his playing career with the Alouettes in 2006.
In college, he started 43-straight games with the Cal State Northridge Matadors between 1998 and 2001 and finished his career as the school’s all-time leader with 1,036 completions, 1,677 attempts, 12,445 yards and 109 touchdowns. He majored in business finance and was born in San Diego, California.