Former OC, Assistant O-Line Coach Find New Team
Brian Johnson is staying in the NFC East following his unceremonious exit from the Philadelphia Eagles.
The former Birds offensive coordinator is set to be hired to the Washington Commanders’ offensive staff, per ESPN.
The #Commanders are expected to hire former Eagles offensive coordinator Brian Johnson to a prominent offensive staff role, per source.
Johnson, who guided Philly’s offense last year, interviewed for several head coaching jobs this cycle. pic.twitter.com/iNsR8TMkEE
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) February 8, 2024
The 36-year-old joins a new Commanders regime under Head Coach Dan Quinn and OC Kliff Kingsbury.
While Johnson did not impress as the playcaller of Nick Sirianni’s offense in his only season as coordinator in 2023, he was an essential piece to the development of Jalen Hurts to an MVP candidate as his quarterback coach from 2021-22.
Now, Johnson will likely have a substantial role in developing a rookie QB that Washington will spend the number two pick of the draft on.
Johnson is not the only former Eagles assistant to find his new team.
Assistant offensive line coach Roy Istvan is set to join the Cleveland Browns in a similar position, per the Associated Press.
Browns are hiring Roy Istvan, Eagles assistant offensive line to work with Andy Dickerson.
Istvan spent past 5 seasons with Philly, working with center Jason Kelce, among others.
Dickerson is replacing Bill Callahan, who left to join his son Brian’s staff in Tennessee.
— Tom Withers (@twithersAP) February 8, 2024
Istvan served as Jeff Stoutland’s right hand man for five seasons, helping the Eagles o-line consistently maintain their status as the top unit in the NFL.
He now becomes the team’s third offensive coach along with Johnson and Alex Tanney to find a new home in 2024.
– Benjamin Paul is a staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.