“The #Eagles are hiring OC Brian Johnson from the University of Florida as their new QB coach,” a source said, “said Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. tweeted. “The former Utah QB has impressed in the college ranks, including at Mississippi State where he coached Dak Prescott’s QB.”
Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel also reported Hiring Johnson.
Johnson, 33, has been in Florida since 2018 when he was hired as quarterback coach under Dan Mullen, and he became offensive coordinator in 2020. With Johnson as coach and offensive coordinator, Gators quarterback Kyle Trask threw for 4,283 yards and 43 touchdowns on eight interceptions while completing 68.9% of his passes.
Johnson’s background includes extensive experience with an impressive array of varsity coaches, and he has had the opportunity to work with some of the best coaches.
Johnson, a native of Baytown, Texas, was drafted in Utah by new Jaguars coach Urban Meyer, with whom he played for a season. Then Johnson played for Kyle Whittingham for the next four years. Johnson threw for 7,853 yards and 57 touchdowns with 27 interceptions in his career.
In 2008, Johnson helped lead Utah to a 13-0 record and a second place finish in the latest AP poll after the Utes upset Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.
Johnson’s coaching career began as Utah quarterbacks coach in 2010, and he spent four seasons there, including two as offensive coordinator in 2012-13. He reunited with Dan Mullen, who was his quarterbacks coach in Utah, Mississippi State as quarterbacks coach from 2014 to 2016. There, Johnson helped make Cowboys star Dak Prescott one of the top players. college football.
Johnson spent 2017 as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in Houston under Dana Holgorsen before returning to Mullen in Florida as quarterbacks coach in 2018.
According to Yahoo Sports, Johnson has been interviewed for coaching positions in South Carolina and Boise State, and is considered a newcomer to coaching circles.
Johnson would replace Press Taylor as quarterbacks coach in Philadelphia. Reports earlier this week indicated Sirianni had no intention of retaining Taylor on its staff. Johnson has an interesting job with the Eagles trying to get Carson Wentz back on track while developing Jalen Hurts. Wentz was seen as close to Taylor, so this relationship will be important.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Johnson has known Hurts since Hurts was 4 and tried to recruit him in the state of Mississippi. Hurts’ father, Averion, was also an assistant coach at Johnson’s High School in Baytown, Texas.
Johnson is the latest reported hiring for Sirianni, who has spent the past three seasons as the Colts’ offensive coordinator. The Eagles would hire Shane Steichen as offensive coordinator and Kevin Patullo as coordinator of the passing game while maintaining Jeff Stoutland as the offensive line coach.
Johnson is the first external offensive rookie who hasn’t worked with Sirianni at some point in his coaching career.
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