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Reports: Eagles QB Coach Brian Johnson Expected To Be Promoted To Offensive Coordinator

Feb 12, 2023, 1:37 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 – Former Utah Utes quarterbacks and current Philadelphia Eagles QBs coach Brian Johnson is one of the “most sought-after assistant coaches” in the NFL and is expected to be promoted to offensive coordinator, according to multiple reports.

Hours before the kickoff of Super Bowl LVII between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Eagles, multiple reports surfaced involving Johnson’s promotion to becoming an NFL offensive coordinator in the not-too-distant future.

According to ESPN and NFL Network, current Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen is in line to be hired as the next head coach of the Indianapolis Colts following the conclusion of the Super Bowl.

With those reports, NFL insiders Adam Schefter and Ian Rapoport both reported that Johnson was a hot OC candidate with multiple requests to interview around the league but is expected to be promoted in Philadelphia pending Steichen’s departure to Indianapolis.

“#Eagles QB coach Brian Johnson is in demand as an offensive coordinator but with Shane Steichen primed to leave for Indy… Johnson figures to stay in Philly with a promotion,” Rapoport tweeted.

“If Steichen and the Colts reach a deal, the Eagles would be expected to have his replacement already on their coaching staff, according to sources,” Shefter reporter for ESPN.com. “Quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson, one of the NFL’s most sought-after assistant coaches, who has received multiple requests to interview for offensive coordinator positions, is expected to replace Steichen as Philadelphia’s offensive coordinator, sources told ESPN.

Earlier in the week, NFL MVP runner-up Jalen Hurts praised his quarterbacks coach as a future coaching star in the league.

“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.

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, Schefter hosted Johnson on his podcast.

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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 head coach candidate in the future.

“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 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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