Eagles QB Coach Brian Johnson Credits Kyle Whittingham For Coaching Start

Nov 11, 2022, 3:31 PM


Kyle Whittingham, left, and Brian Johnson watch during University of Utah football practice in Salt Lake City, Thursday, April 18, 2013. (Courtesy of Deseret News)

(Courtesy of Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITYFormer University of Utah standout and current Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson credits Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham for getting him into coaching.

Johnson recently discussed his coaching career during an interview with ESPN‘s Adam Schefter.

“I really didn’t know what I wanted to do, you know, once I finished school,” Johnson told the NFL insider. “Luckily Coach Whittingham gave me an opportunity and I jumped right into coaching, and I’ve never looked back. It’s been a huge blessing and I’ve been fortunate enough to be around some some great coaches who were also great men who taught me so much about this game and so much about life.”

Schefter asked the former Utah star what lessons he’s learned from the coaching he’s been around, including Whittingham.

“The biggest thing that I’ve learned is that you can be successful in a bunch of different ways,” Johnson replied. “Being able to adapt to situations that are beyond your control. That’s a really, really important quality to have. But I think that the biggest thing in coaching, really, is you have to be adaptable. You have to be willing to learn, continue to learn and grow, no matter how long you’ve been in it.”

The former Ute plans to take the lessons he’s learned and share them with others.

“Hopefully I can just pass those lessons down to the younger guys that are coming up,” Johnson said.

Before the start of the interview, Schefter highlighted Johnson’s rise in the profession and praised him as a future NFL head coach.

Schefter believes the Eagles QB coach will become a head coach whether its during the upcoming cycle or another season in the near future.

During their conversation, Johnson and Schefter also discussed the Utah standout’s relationship with fellow former Ute, Alex Smith, and the success of Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts. To hear their entire conversation, listen to the episode of The Adam Schefter podcast found above.

About Brian Johnson

Prior to his coaching career, the Barrett Station, Texas native was a standout player for the Utes. Johnson played at Utah from 2004-08.

During his four seasons in Salt Lake City, the former quarterback threw for 7,853 yards, 57 touchdowns, and 27 interceptions with a 66.2 percent completion rate.

Johnson had a program-best 26-7 record as Utah’s starting quarterback. His career was highlighted by a special undefeated senior season that was capped with a Sugar Bowl victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Following his playing career, Johnson returned to Utah in 2010 as the Utes’ quarterbacks coach. In 2012, Whittingham promoted Johnson to offensive coordinator.

Two years later, Johnson was hired as Mississippi State’s quarterbacks coach. He was with the Bulldogs through the 2016 season. In 2017, the former Ute spent one season as Houston’s offensive coordinator and QBs coach before taking a coach with Florida. Former Mississippi State and Florida head coach Dan Mullen hired Johnson as his quarterbacks coach for the second time, this time with the Gators.

After two seasons, Mullen promoted Johnson to Florida’s offensive coordinator. Johnson held that position for one season. IN 2021, the former Utah star jumped to the NFL. First-year Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni hired Johnson as Philadelphia’s quarterbacks coach.

During his two seasons in the NFL, Johnson has coached former Alabama and Oklahoma star Jalen Hurts. Johnson told Pelissero that he’s known Hurts since the Eagles QB was about four years old.

This season under Johnson’s coaching, Hurts has thrown for 2,042 yards, 12 touchdowns, and two interceptions with a 68.2 completion percentage. He’s also run for 326 yards and six touchdowns. The Eagles are currently the NFL’s only undefeated team with an 8-0 record.

Philadelphia’s next game is at home against the Washington Commanders on Monday, November 14 at 6:15 p.m. (MDT). The game will be broadcast on ESPN.

Kyle Ireland is a Locals in the NFL Insider for KSLSports.com and co-host of the Yards After College Podcast. Follow him on Twitter (@kyleireland) and Instagram (@kyleirelandksl).

  • Utah Utes Scoreboard

  • Utah Utes Team Leaders

  • Utah Utes Standings

Locals In the NFL

Roger Goodell NFL Commisioner Schedule Every Day Of Week...

TERESA M. WALKER AP Pro Football Writer

NFL Closer To Playing On Every Day Of Week As League’s Reach Keeps Growing

The NFL hasn't scheduled a game for every day of the week. Yet. It's all part of the NFL's plan to keep growing the game and the league.

5 hours ago


Chandler Holt

2024 NFL Schedule Release: Best Local Player Matchups

The NFL released its schedule for the upcoming 2024 season and most weeks feature matchups between players with ties to the state of Utah.

21 hours ago


Michelle Bodkin

Best Trips To Double Dip On Utah Football, NFL Games

Utah football starts their inaugural season in the Big 12 which conveniently opens some doors to double dip on an NFL game as well.

8 days ago

Zack Moss former Utah Utes RB Cincinatti Bengals Reds first pitch...

Chandler Holt

Former Utah RB Zack Moss Throws First Pitch At Cincinnati Reds Game

Bengals RB and former Utah star Zack Moss threw the first pitch at the Cincinnati Reds game against the Diamondbacks.

15 days ago


Kyle Ireland

Report: Zach Wilson Switches Jersey Number For Broncos’ Rookie QB

Zach Wilson switched his jersey number with his team after the Denver Broncos drafted Bo Nix, according to Mike Klis of 9 News.

15 days ago


Kyle Ireland

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce Praises New Teammate Kingsley Suamataia

Kansas City Chiefs star Travis Kelce praised his new teammate and former BYU Cougars offensive tackle Kingsley Suamataia.

22 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Follow @kslsports...

KSL Give-A-Thon

The KSL Sports Zone, KSL 5 TV, FM100.3, 103.5 The Arrow, and KSL NewsRadio have teamed up to raise money for the kids being served by Primary Children’s Care!


KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.


KSL Sports

Jazz Notes Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the Jazz Notes newsletter. Get insider analysis, game recaps and opportunities to win tickets!

Follow @kslsports...

The Road Home Mediathon 2023

The KSL Sports Zone and KSLSports.com are proud to support the all-day Mediathon 2023 at the Road Home, an annual tradition to raise money and other essential items for the Road Home, a Homeless Shelter.

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.

Eagles QB Coach Brian Johnson Credits Kyle Whittingham For Coaching Start