Brian Johnson was named the Philadelphia Eagles' quarterbacks coach during the 2021 offseason following a highly successful three-year tenure (2018-20) at the University of Florida.
Brian Johnson was named the Philadelphia Eagles' quarterbacks coach during the 2021 offseason following a highly successful three-year tenure (2018-20) at the University of Florida. As the offensive coordinator, Johnson led the Gators to the most prolific passing offense (378.6 ypg) in the FBS while ranking seventh in total offense (509.8 ypg) and eighth in scoring offense (39.8 ppg) among teams that played at least 10 games during the 2020 season.
Under Johnson's direction in 2020, quarterback Kyle Trask completed 301-of-437 attempts (68.9 pct.) for 4,283 yards, 43 touchdowns, eight interceptions and a 180.0 efficiency rating en route to Heisman Trophy finalist and second-team All-America honors. The senior signal caller led the entire FBS in touchdown passes and ranked second in completions and passing yards, trailing only Alabama's Mac Jones (311 completions and 4,500 passing yards) in each category. Tight end Kyle Pitts thrived in Johnson's offense and collected first-team All-America accolades after pacing all FBS tight ends in receiving yards (770) and receiving touchdowns (12, tied). Wide receiver Kadarius Toney, who led the team in receptions (70) and receiving yards (984) with 10 touchdowns, also garnered second-team All-America recognition.
In 2019, Johnson helped Florida make a seamless transition with Trask under center after Feleipe Franks suffered a season-ending injury during the third game of the year. Taking meaningful snaps for the first time in his career, Trask led the Gators to an 8-2 record in games that he started, including a 36-28 victory over No. 24 Virginia in the Orange Bowl, and went 233-of-349 (66.8 pct.) for 2,901 yards, 25 touchdowns, seven interceptions and a 156.1 efficiency rating.
Florida saw sizeable improvement in the Gators' passing attack during Johnson's first season as the quarterbacks coach in 2018. Johnson mentored Franks to a breakout season as a sophomore, throwing for 2,457 yards, 24 touchdowns, six interceptions and a 143.3 efficiency rating. Franks capped the year with a 41-15 win against No. 8 Michigan in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, earning Offensive MVP honors.
Johnson spent the 2017 season as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Houston and helped the Cougars rank 35th nationally with 436.1 total yards per game.
From 2014-16, Johnson served as the quarterbacks coach at Mississippi State, mentoring two players – Nick Fitzgerald (3,798 yards in 2016) and Dak Prescott (4,435 yards in 2014) – who each led the SEC in total offense. During his first two years with the Bulldogs, Johnson helped Mississippi State produce the two highest single-season passing totals in program history (4,113 yards in 2015; 3,649 yards in 2014).
In 2016, Fitzgerald was one of only three quarterbacks in the FBS with over 2,000 passing yards (2,423) and 1,000 rushing yards (1,385), joining Louisville's Lamar Jackson and South Florida's Quinton Flowers. The trio were also the only FBS quarterbacks with at least 20 passing touchdowns (21) and 15 rushing touchdowns (16).
Johnson played a crucial role in developing Prescott into one of the best quarterbacks in SEC history. A two-time first-team All-SEC honoree, Prescott joined Tim Tebow as the only SEC quarterbacks to pass for 8,500 yards and rush for 2,000 yards. He also shattered 38 school records (15 career, 15 single-season, eight single-game).
Prescott was named a finalist for the Manning and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Awards after setting school records in completions (316), completion percentage (66.2 pct.), passing yards (3,793) and efficiency rating (151.7) in 2015. In 2014, he was named a finalist for the Davey O'Brien Award (nation's top quarterback) and ranked eighth in Heisman Trophy voting after breaking Mississippi State records in total offense, total touchdowns (41) and passing touchdowns (27).
Johnson began his coaching career at his alma mater, Utah, and spent four seasons (2010-13) with the Utes. In 2012, he became the youngest FBS offensive coordinator in the nation at just 24 years old after spending two years coaching Utah's quarterbacks.
A native of Baytown, TX, Johnson was a three-year starter and two-time bowl MVP at Utah and finished with the most wins (26) in school history, including an undefeated 13-0 season in 2008. For his career, Johnson threw for 7,853 yards and 57 touchdowns and ran for 848 yards and 12 scores. He gained even more acclaim when EA Sports put him on the cover of its 2010 NCAA Football video game.
Johnson is married to his wife, Ashley. The couple has three children: Rossi, Harlow and Pierce.