Sep 8, 2018; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators quarterback coach Brian Johnson prior to the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Former Gators Assistant Coach Brian Johnson Named Eagles Offensive Coordinator

On Tuesday, the Philadelphia Eagles announced that they had promoted quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson to offensive coordinator. Johnson played a key part in the MVP-level performance of quarterback Jalen Hurts this past season. In his new position, he will take over Steichen’s play calling responsibilities.

Johnson at Florida

Before he was hired by the Eagles, Johnson spent three years (2018-2020) with the Gators under former head coach Dan Mullen. The two had a long standing relationship as Mullens recruited and briefly coached Johnson during his 2004 season at Utah. Years later, Mullen brought him to Mississippi State where Johnson served as their quarterbacks coach for three seasons. He then departed for Houston where he was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for one season.

In 2017, Mullen was hired as Florida’s head coach and brought Johnson onto his staff less than a month later. Johnson spent his first two seasons at Florida as their quarterbacks coach before being promoted to offensive coordinator. During his time at Florida, he was able to cobble together one of the most impressive quarterback units at Florida since Tim Tebow. After the 2020 season, he departed for the NFL.

Developing Excellence

Throughout his many years of coaching, Johnson has worked with several quarterbacks who were able to put incredible numbers under his tutelage. During his time at Mississippi State, he coached current Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott. Prescott set school records in completions, passing yards and completion percentage, according to an article from The Athletic. During Johnson’s time at Florida, he helped the Gators offense seamlessly transition from Feleipe Franks to Kyle Trask.

Praise For Johnson

In an article from The Philadelphia Inquirer, Colts head-coach Shane Steichen said Brian was phenomenal.

“The two years I spent with Brian, the way he saw the game, what he did with Jalen the past two years… He just had a natural feel,” Steichen said.

“The conversations we had throughout the week, the way he talked about the game, saw the game, those little details — he was quick to it. He’s very, very smart, saw it well. I think he’s going to do a phenomenal job as OC.”

About Shelby Hickman

Shelby Hickman is a student at the University of Florida studying journalism with a specialization in sports and media.

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