According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Philadelphia Eagles have found their man at offensive coordinator. They are promoting Brian Johnson to replace Shane Steichen and become Nick Sirianni’s new right-hand man.
Who is Brian Johnson?
Johnson has been the QB coach for the Philadelphia Eagles since the beginning of the Nick Sirianni era. While his name may fly under the radar, he can absolutely be attributed with some of the sensational growth experienced by Jalen Hurts.
Brian Johnson has been around Jalen Hurts since he was three years old. Once upon a time, he played for Averion Hurts Sr (Jalen’s father) at Baytown Lee High School. The former Utah quarterback found his way back into the Hurts’ football tree a couple of years ago, providing him with some much-needed stability after years of endless coaching changes.
While the Eagles endured a 2-5 start in 2021, Brian Johnson spent his gamedays in the coaches box, communicating with his fellow coaches via headset. Knowing something needed to be done, Nick Sirianni made a change that would forever change the trajectory of his quarterback.
Sirianni asked Johnson to come down to the sidelines and that changed everything for the Eagles. They went on a run fueled by the run game that led them to the playoffs, but in that process, Hurts was finding his comfort zone.
The natural choice
Fast forward another year of familiarity and stability and Jalen Hurts turned into a human rocket ship who was just shy of leading his team to a Super Bowl. His incredible 2022 season needs no introduction by this point, but the fact that Sirianni is ready to double down on Brian Johnson can only mean good things for the dynamic between the two.
Hurts clearly respects his QB coach, and Johnson’s appearance and feedback on the sidelines helped transform the offense when it needed an intervention. It will be exciting to see how Brian Johnson fares in his new role, but this is absolutely a move that will benefit Jalen Hurts even more.
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