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Eagles fans left furious after OC Brian Johnson struggles early on TNF in guiding Jalen Hurts’ offense - "This play calling is fu**ing embarrassing”
Modified Sep 15, 2023 08:50 GMT
Brian Johnson took over as Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator after the Indianapolis Colts hired Shane Steichen as head coach. Johnson joined the team as a quarterbacks coach in 2021, putting him at work with Jalen Hurts.
Unfortunately, his first game as a play-caller on offense didn’t start well. Johnson’s decisions received boos from the passionate Philadelphia crowd. However, the criticism wasn’t limited to the fans at Lincoln Financial Field because the football world is taking note online.

Brian Johnson is getting failing marks for his early play-calling

The Eagles struggled on offense after their first drive ended with a Jake Elliott field goal. Their second drive was a three-and-out wherein Jalen Hurts scrambled on third down. Their succeeding drive ended with an interception by safety Theo Jackson.

Football fans are disgusted with Johnson’s decision, leading to one Twitter user commenting:

"Hey Brian Johnson can you figure it the F out, this play calling is f***ing embarrassing!”

Another one said:

"I think Sirianni should take play calling from Brian Johnson. Which is a concern. Because I he had to give it up to Shane Steichen”
Here are other reactions to Johnson’s problematic play-calling by Brian Johnson in their Week 2 game against the Minnesota Vikings:

After the early struggles, the Philadelphia Eagles stuck to their power running scheme. They dialed 13 rushing plays featuring D’Andre Swift and Boston Scott in their succeeding drive. The 16-play drive ended with a Hurts quarterback sneak touchdown.

The floodgates opened for the Eagles from that moment. Elliott converted a 61-yard field goal to stretch their lead to six, 13-7. Philadelphia then scored two touchdowns in the first four minutes of the third quarter to blow the game wide open.

Brian Johnson understands Jalen Hurts’ mindset

Johnson knows what Jalen Hurts is thinking in-game because he was a quarterback during his playing days. He was coached by Hurts’ father, Averion, in high school. Therefore, he has known the younger Hurts since he was a child.

He also tried to recruit Hurts at Mississippi State. Instead, he went with Nick Saban to the University of Alabama. Johnson had another chance to recruit Hurts when he became a graduate transfer. But instead of joining him with the Florida Gators, Hurts transferred to Oklahoma.

Johnson did not mention that he knew Hurts when he was interviewed for the Eagles quarterbacks coach role. When he got the job, he surprised Hurts about the good news through a phone call. Johnson’s guidance has helped Hurts earn a five-year, $255 million contract extension.

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Johnson is a very inexperienced OC and it shows. It's also not a good experience level to be at when you're responsible for developing the franchise QB. He likely has to develop himself first and Jalen shouldn't have to wait around for Johnson to be ready to make Jalen better. Calling a bunch of QB runs is Moronic. I hope Johnson isn't just a family friend who got a good paying job because he knows Jalen. I really hope he isn't a moron. Time will tell and it won't take much time at all to find out what kind of coach Johnson is on the continuum from terrible to great. I suspect we'll all be paying attention.

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Whilst the play calling hasn’t been great I do think some of that needs to go on Hurts and Sirianni. Hurts has not played well and through 2 games I think there’s a little bit of cause for concern that he’s regressed from last year. And the game planning hasn’t been great either.

 Johnson is not blameless but at least he changed things up and went heavy run.

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Every year, our offensive line gets better as the season progresses. They had a terrible start in week 1. If your line isn't playing well, your offense isn't either. Not all of the play-calling was bad. Sometimes it was just the execution. 

Early in game 2, the offense was deservingly hearing boos. It wasn't just one person that deserved it. 

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