Eagles OC Brian Johnson gives confusing response when asked about THAT series in loss to Cardinals

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – JANUARY 29: Philadelphia Eagles coach Brian Johnson looks on during the NFC Championship Game between the San Fransisco 49ers and the Philadelphia Eagles on January 29, 2023 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire)

The finger-pointing when it comes to the Eagles’ offense this season has been never-ending. Is it Brian Johnson’s fault, or does blame fall on the shoulders of Nick Sirianni. While we’re no closer to finding an answer, the offensive coordinator did give a puzzling response when asked about a key series in the loss to the Cardinals.

What happened to the Eagles on THAT drive?

With around 3 minutes left to go in the game and the score tied at 28-28, the Philadelphia Eagles took the field. What followed was one of the most ridiculous drives you’ll ever see in a professional football game…or any level for that matter.

After an early penalty, the Eagles used a QB run on 1st and 20, before doubling down on it one play later, undoing the 4-yard gain they’d just achieved. They then end up burning a timeout because of this and find themselves scheming something up from 3rd & 20 with a Field Goal being just out of easy reach.

Wide. Receiver. Screen.

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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts pushes off New York Giants linebacker Micah McFadden during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Dec. 25, 2023, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

When asked about this frankly remarkable chain of plays, Brian Johnson had the following to say:

The timeout:

‘We had a miscommunication on a personnel grouping. It never should’ve happened. It’s not great, we end up getting to the play that we wanted to

The screen:

‘You want to put yourself in a position to score points. With the way the wind was, we had to get to the FG line. It has multiple options. If you get a pressure call, that’s what you go to. If you didn’t, you go to something else.

So the Eagles’ offensive coordinator’s counter to a blitz….is to call a screen on 3rd and 20.

You have Dallas Goedert on the field. You have two of the best receivers in the NFL. And the call is a wide receiver screen to try and ‘catch them off guard’?!

I don’t know why I’m particularly surprised by this response, having been overly critical of Johnson’s lack of offensive rhythm/identity all year. However, after a tough loss to a then-3-win team, perhaps hinting that your lone counter to a blitz from that look was something so pitiful, isn’t a wise decision…

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