The Facts: It didn’t take much for McCaffrey to develop a bond with new OC Joe Brady. “I found out he was a fan of ‘The Office,’" said McCaffrey, referring to the TV series. “He’s got a fresh [hair] cut. That about sold it for me. I was, ‘I think we’re going to get along just fine.’" Brady is set to be the NFL's youngest offensive coordinator at age 30. The general inexperience doesn’t concern McCaffrey. “You see rookies come into the NFL all the time and have great years and they have zero experience in the NFL," McCaffrey told ESPN.com before leaving for the Super Bowl in Miami, where on Friday he will present two game tickets to Sergeant Major Luis Leiva as part of USAA’s Salute to Service program. “It can be the same with a coach."
Diehards Line: New HC Matt Rhule's complete staff hasn’t been announced, but based on names reported, it will be the first year in the league for at least six coaches. The top three spots definitely rank as the league’s least experienced with Rhule, Brady and DC Phil Snow combining for seven years of NFL experience, none as a head coach or coordinator. McCaffrey, 23, doesn’t believe age or experience will hold any of the new staff members back, particularly Brady. “He’s had great people to learn from," McCaffrey said, referring to Brady’s time at New Orleans with head coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees. “This league is changing and developing. It needs new minds to figure out different ways to put players in the best position to succeed. When you look at the guys that have done that over the last year, he’s at the forefront of it." Adaptability also is key. McCaffrey has observed that with Brady. “He’s able to utilize not just me, but everybody," he said. “And put everybody in a position they can best help the team win. That’s something that’s not easy to do. It’s not one system. It’s a constant changing. You look at what he did with the LSU program this year, possibly the greatest college team of all times. It was fun to watch as an outsider before I knew he was our coach. Now that I know he is [the Panthers' coach], I’m extremely excited. ..." We'll be watching for more on Brady's plan for McCaffrey in coming weeks.