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Jalen Hurts gets a new offensive coordinator for Philadelphia Eagles

Jalen Hurts (#1) attempts a pass for Eagles in 2022 game versus Washington
Geoff Burke - USA Today Sports

He learned a lot under Shane Steichen, but Jalen Hurts could be even better next season.

Steichen accepted a head coaching position for the Indianapolis Colts, but the Philadelphia Eagles hired from within for its new offensive coordinator. Brian Johnson, the Eagles’ quarterbacks coach, is now the play-caller according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

He worked with Steichen to assist Hurts in making a huge leap last season. Johnson’s closeness with Hurts allowed the third-year quarterback to total 3,701 passing yards and 35 touchdowns in the regular season. Hurts carried Philadelphia to 14 wins, an NFC Championship, and a berth in Super Bowl LVII. He dominated the matchup against Kansas City with 304 passing yards, 70 rushing yards, and four scores despite a 35-38 loss. Johnson mentored Hurts to become the NFC’s Offensive Player of the Year.

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The Eagles lose a lot in Steichen’s departure, but Johnson is experienced. He was an offensive coordinator in college at Utah (2012-13), Houston (2017), and Florida (2020). Johnson has a feel for what Hurts likes and does not like. The two should be able to work together and be on the same page. Both guys are confident in each other’s abilities, and Philadelphia’s offense should continue to thrive.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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