The Philadelphia Eagles are hiring Florida Gators offensive coordinator Brian Johnson as their new quarterbacks coach, according to reports from Ian Rapoport and Pete Thamel.
So, who is this guy, exactly?
Johnson played 41 games as the University of Utah’s quarterback from 2004 through 2008 before failing to get in the NFL. He then began his coaching career a couple of years later.
His coaching career includes:
2011-2012 — Utah quarterbacks coach
2012-2013 — Utah offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach
2014-2016 — Mississippi State quarterbacks coach
2017 — Houston offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach
2018-2019 — Florida quarterbacks coach
2020 — Florida offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach
Johnson has notably worked with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott during his final two years at Mississippi State. But more recently, he coached 2021 NFL Draft prospect Kyle Trask.
Johnson, 33, is not much older than former Eagles passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach Press Taylor, who Johnson is replacing.
Johnson’s youth and lack of NFL experience is quite alarming to say the least.
If Jalen Hurts were to ever go in as QB for the Eagle, there are some connections between Hurts and Johnson, per NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark.
When the Eagles talked about getting younger, they clearly weren’t just talking about the roster. New head coach Nick Sirianni is 39, new pass game coordinator Kevin Patullo is also 39, new defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon is 37an new offensive coordinator Shane Steichen is 35. Sirianni continues to add some more young guys, or as I like to call them, the new kids on the block.
We can only hope he’s able to coach Carson Wentz, or whoever’s starting at quarterback for the Birds, harder and more effectively than Taylor did.