Eagles Fire Brian Johnson: 5 Offensive Coordinator Candidates to Watch

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – JANUARY 21: Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) looks on during the NFC Championship Game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Philadelphia Eagles on January 21, 2018 at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Minnesota Vikings by the score of 38-7. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire)

The search for a new offensive coordinator is officially on after news leaked of the Philadelphia Eagles handing Brian Johnson his pink slip. Multiple reports indicated that Nick Sirianni will return as head coach and he’ll hold a joint end-of-season press conference on January 24 alongside Howie Roseman.

Nick Sirianni’s dismissal had been rumored following an epic collapse to close out the 2023 campaign, including an embarrassing 32-9 playoff loss. The front office, specifically owner Jeffrey Lurie, appeared to be fuming from the owner’s box as the minutes ticked down in Tampa Bay. A coaching change at the top seemed entirely possible until it wasn’t.

5 possible Offensive Coordinator candidates for the Eagles

Now it’ll be up to Sirianni to fix the broken Eagles on the fly while turning over every stone in his quest to find a new offensive coordinator. Let’s take a look at some of the most intriguing names out there:

Jerrod Johnson

The 35-year-old assistant has been credited for unleashing the presumptive Offensive Rookie of the Year C.J. Stroud on the NFL in 2023. Johnson, who spent three weeks on the Eagles’ roster as a player in 2011, is considered a “rising star” with several teams clamoring for his service. His work with Stroud speaks for itself: 4,108 yards, a 23:5 TD-INT ratio, and a 100.8 passer rating. The question will be whether he can successfully call plays and implement an offensive scheme, two things he has never done in his short NFL coaching career.

Frank Reich

Yes, Nick Sirianni’s mentor remains unemployed despite one grain-of-salt report that the Eagles have reached out to him. Reich would certainly check a lot of boxes — fan-favorite coach, Super Bowl champion, familiarity with the organization, smart offensive play-caller — but does he want to coach in 2024? He has gone on record saying that Carolina was probably “the final chapter of my NFL journey.”

NASHVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 23: Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich coaches during the Tennessee Titans game versus the Indianapolis Colts on October 23, 2022, at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN. (Photo by Bryan Lynn/Icon Sportswire)

Tee Martin

The former college standout at Tennessee is wrapping up his first year as the quarterbacks coach in Baltimore where he helped put Lamar Jackson back in the MVP conversation. Sure, Martin was baking with exceptional ingredients but his ability to keep the three-time Pro Bowler “disciplined in his progressions” is a huge selling point. Another one is his experience in all aspects of the offense, highlighted by his long history of coaching wide receivers. That’s how Nick Sirianni cut his teeth as well.

Nick Foles

You want an off-the-radar, Messiah-like candidate? Here you go. The last anyone heard from the one-time Super Bowl MVP he was (predictably?) winning gold medals in pickleball tournaments. While Foles has talked openly about becoming a pastor, the Eagles legend did once admit he might be interested in coaching: “I love helping young players out, teaching them the game, teaching them about life.” Imagine the architect of the Philly Special designing gameplans and calling the offensive plays. Two words: Big Energy.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – FEBRUARY 04: Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) makes a touchdown catch during Super Bowl LII on February 4, 2018, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)

Mark Brunell

Former quarterbacks and quarterback coaches are the most rumored candidates on this list. That’s just the way it is. Those guys tend to see the game differently and bring a fresh perspective. Quarterbacks know offenses — and Mark Brunell knows how to win. He’s done it at every level. The three-time Pro Bowler is currently quarterbacks coach for the Detroit Lions where he miraculously raised Jared Goff from the dead. Brunell is a football lifer who has backed up immortals (see: Drew Brees, Brett Favre) over almost four decades in the game. Fun fact: the Eagles offered him a contract in 1994.

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