Sources: Eagles to promote QB coach Brian Johnson to OC

ByTim McManus ESPN Staff Writer ESPN logo
Tuesday, February 28, 2023
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The Eagles are promoting quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson to offensive coordinator, sources tell ESPN's Adam Schefter.

He'll replace Shane Steichen, the new head coach of the Indianapolis Colts.

Philadelphia Eagles' Brian Johnson walks off the field before the NFC Championship game between the Eagles and the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023, in Philadelphia.
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Jalen Hurts' growth under Johnson has been evident. Hurts had an MVP-level campaign in 2022, completing 66.5% of his passes for 3,701 yards with 22 touchdowns to six interception while rushing for 760 yards and 13 scores, and went 14-1 as the starter during the regular season.

Johnson's relationship with Hurts dates back to when Hurts was four or five years old as Hurts' dad, Averion, coached Johnson at Baytown (TX) Robert E. Lee High School. The two remained tight throughout the years, and Johnson even recruited him to join him at Mississippi State when Hurts was coming out of high school and, later, Florida when Hurts decided to transfer from Alabama.

"The relationship means a lot and the trust was automatically there," coach Nick Sirianni said after the season. "Brian's great with not just Jalen, with everybody. He can adapt and be able to connect with anybody on our roster."

Johnson is expected to call the offensive plays, as Steichen did for the last year-plus. Sirianni prefers that set-up so he can focus on other in-game responsibilities.

Johnson was with the University of Florida before joining the Eagles, first as a quarterbacks coach (2018-19) and then as offensive coordinator (2020), where he oversaw the top passing attack in the FBS (378.6 yards per game) while guiding three All-American picks that year: quarterback Kyle Trask, tight end Kyle Pitts and receiver Kadarius Toney. During his time as quarterbacks coach for Mississippi State (2014-16), he was credited with helping develop Dak Prescott, a two-time first-team All-SEC selection.