4 things to know about Brian Johnson, the Eagles new QB coach

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The Eagles have a new quarterbacks coach, luring Brian Johnson away from the University of Florida as their offensive coordinator, to work with Carson Wentz and, or Jalen Hurts.

The rising coaching star could be just what the doctor ordered for the Eagles quarterback play.

Here are three things to know about the former Utah Utes star quarterback.

Johnson has restructured some elite QBs

Dec 30, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs quarterback Dak Prescott (15) throws a pass during the first quarter against the North Carolina State Wolfpack in the 2015 Belk Bowl at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Saying Prescott's name here truly should be enough, but the proof is in the pudding and Johnson has all the ingredients. As quarterbacks coach at Mississippi State under Dan Mullen, Johnson helped develop the 2016 NFL Rookie of the Year Dak Prescott and led the Bulldogs to three consecutive bowl games. Depending on what the Eagles do at quarterback, Johnson should be able to help both Wentz and Hurts, who's style of play resembles Prescott's and who the QB coach has known since childhood. At Florida, Johnson turned Kyle Trask from backup to likely first-round pick. Johnson helped lead Houston’s offense to 436.1 yards per game, good enough for 35th nationally during his time there. His trio of quarterbacks: Kyle Allen, D’Eriq King, and Kyle Postma combined for 2,887 passing yards, 539 rushing yards, and 27 total touchdowns, while King could join Allen in the NFL next year.

Johnson played with Alex Smith and for Urban Meyer

Brian Johnson Eagles QB coach

As a true freshman in 2004, Johnson saw action in ten games as back-up to Heisman Trophy finalist Alex Smith. Johnson passed for a touchdown and ran for another, and compiled a 129.7 passer rating. After Meyer departed Utah for Florida, Johnson stepped in and threw for 2,892 yards and 18 touchdowns as a Sophomore. Johnson went 26-7 as a starting quarterback in his career at Utah and finished as the winningest quarterback in school history.[7]

Eagles new QB coach has an EA Sports cover

Aug 24, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Florida Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks (13) talks with quarterback coach Brian Johnson during the first half at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Johnson was featured as the cover athlete of the PlayStation 3 edition of the NCAA Football 10 video game, joining Michal Crabtree (Texas Tech), Brian Orakpo (Texas), and Mark Sanchez (USC).

Johnson became the first black offensive coordinator in UF history

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

On December 10, 2017, Johnson was hired by new Florida Gators Head Coach, Dan Mullen, as an offensive assistant. Prior to the 2020 season, Johnson was promoted to offensive coordinator, making him the first Black offensive coordinator in team history.