Reports: Eagles fire OC Brian Johnson

League: NFL

Posted on: 23 Jan, 2024 at 03:31 PM

Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Offensive coordinator Brian Johnson is out in the latest major change for the Philadelphia Eagles, according to multiple reports.

The Eagles have not yet confirmed the move but head coach Nick Sirianni and general manager Howie Roseman are scheduled for a Wednesday press conference.

Parting with Johnson was expected after a sitdown between owner Jeffrey Lurie and Sirianni last week resulted in firing defensive coordinator Sean Desai. He was relieved of play-calling duties last month, and his replacement in that role, Matt Patricia, also is gone as the Eagles search for the right ingredients to return to the Super Bowl.

Johnson, 36, was in his first year as offensive coordinator, replacing Shane Steichen, who was hired one year ago as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts.

He previously served as quarterbacks coach and was credited in the run-up to Super Bowl LVII for aiding Jalen Hurts' rapid growth.

But Hurts took a step back in 2023 and the offense hit significant speed bumps after a 10-1 start to the regular season.

Desai, 40, was demoted after lopsided defeats to the San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys in December.

Desai took over in February 2023 when defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon left to become the Arizona Cardinals' head coach. He oversaw a defensive unit that allowed 35 passing touchdowns (second in the NFL) and ranked 30th in red zone and third-down defense in 2023.

Desai came to Philadelphia after one season with the Seattle Seahawks as an associate head coach and defensive assistant.

Desai was on the Bears' coaching staff from 2013-21, rising to the position of defensive coordinator in 2021. He was fired after that season when the Bears parted ways with head coach Matt Nagy.

--Field Level Media