Eagles hire new QB coach who has longtime relationship with Jalen Hurts


The Eagles have hired University of Florida offensive coordinator Brian Johnson as their new quarterbacks coach, as reported by Ian Rapoport.

What's notable about the hire is Johnson's relationship to Eagles' quarterback Jalen Hurts. Johnson has known Hurts since he was four-years old and recruited him to play at Mississippi State. Hurts’ father, Averion, was a coach at Baytown Lee High School in Baytown, Texas, where Johnson played high school ball.

Hurts obviously went to Alabama instead, but Johnson did coach another notable quarterback in the NFC East: Dak Prescott. Prescott was the Bulldogs starter for three years and Johnson was there his entire tenure.

Johnson, who turns 34 in February, is another young coaching hire by the Eagles, and is just six years older than Carson Wentz. After finishing as the winningest quarterback in Utah school history, Johnson played a year in the Canadian Football League before jumping back to Utah to coach quarterbacks. His stops include Mississippi State, Houston, and Florida.

Johnson joins Shane Steichen, Kevin Patullo and Jeff Stoutland on the offensive coaching staff under new head coach Nick Sirianni. He replaces Press Taylor, who was not retained by the team earlier this week.