Report: Eagles fire OC Brian Johnson after a season of struggle

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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)

Just days after the firing of Sean Desai, the Philadelphia Eagles have knocked the next domino of the offseason down. Offensive Coordinator, Brian Johnson, has been let go by the team according to multiple reports.

Eagles fire Brian Johnson

Derrick Gunn first broke the story yesterday, before Jeff McLane confirmed it this morning. One source told me that the Eagles were not interested, and therefore did not make an effort to give Johnson his old QB Coach post back.

Johnson was originally brought on as a QB Coach due to his relationship with Jalen Hurts and wealth of experience at the position. He knew Jalen since a very young age, tried to recruit him to Mississippi State, and once more when Hurts became a graduate transfer.

The growth Hurts showed as a passer last year was absolutelt astronomical. This earned Johnson a promotion to offensive coordinator, but that’s where things started to sour quickly.

The playbook seemed vanilla, the play-calling downright confusing, and the offense seemed to lack any kind of rhythm or direction. This wasn’t a one-time thing. It was visible all year and nothing ever really changed.

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Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni looks on during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Monday, Jan. 15, 2024, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Johnson is still getting interviews for Head Coaching roles at the NFL level, so it’s clearly not all bad, and the league holds him in a higher regard than what Eagles fans do, but the team had to make a change. If that meant giving Sirianni a lifeline, one he’s arguably earned after a solid three-year stint, then it had to include ridding the team of the guys calling the shots on what became a stale team on both sides of the ball.

What next for the Eagles?

The Eagles have been linked to Jim Bob Cooter, formerly of the Detroit Lions and most-recently associated with the Indianpolis Colts. There are a few other names spinning on the rumor mill, and we can expect the team to move swiftly with the interview process.

All we know for now is that the Eagles aren’t hanging around when it comes to putting this right.

Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire