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Jalen Hurts: Eagles QB Coach Brian Johnson ‘Going To Be A Star One Day’

Feb 11, 2023, 5:11 PM

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Quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson of the Philadelphia Eagles talks to Jalen Hurts #1 prior to the game against the New Orleans Saints at Lincoln Financial Field on November 21, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

(Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – NFL MVP runner-up Jalen Hurts praised former Utah Utes standout and current Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson as a future coaching star in the league.

Hurts talked about Johnson ahead of Super Bowl LVII in Arizona.

“He’s going to be a star one day,” Hurts said of Johnson. “I have no doubt in my mind.”

Johnson and Hurts have had a relationship for a long time. The Utah legend has known the Eagles QB since he was about four years old.

In recent months, Johnson has become more well-known in NFL circles and has been discussed as a potential head coach, sooner rather than later.

In October 2022, NFL Network highlighted Johnson’s path from a standout college player at Utah to his coaching in the league. A couple of weeks later, ESPN’s Adam Schefter hosted Johnson on his podcast.

RELATED: Eagles QB Coach Brian Johnson Credits Kyle Whittingham For Coaching Start

Since then, Johnson, Hurts, and the Eagles clinched a spot in the postseason as the NFC’s No. 1 seed. Following a couple of playoff victories, Philadelphia earned the title of NFC Champions and will play the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl.

With this continued success, Johnson will likely be a hot candidate for a promotion as an offensive coordinator or head coach in the next year or two.

“Hopefully, we can keep him here as long as we possibly can,” Hurts continued about his QB coach. “Nonetheless, I’m proud of him, and it’s definitely just the beginning for both of us.”

During the regular season, Johnson helped Hurts throw for 3,701 yards, 22 touchdowns, and only six interceptions with a 66.5 percent completion rate.

This postseason, Hurts has thrown for 275 yards and scored four total touchdowns.

RELATED: NFL Network Highlights Coaching Path Of Former Utah QB

Super Bowl LVII will feature the Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs. The big game is scheduled to start on Sunday, February 12 at 4:30 p.m. (MDT) on FOX.

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, Utah head coach Kyle 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 quarterbacks coach before taking another job. 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. Then first-year Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni hired Johnson as Philadelphia’s quarterbacks coach.

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).

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