Nick Sirianni discusses passing off certain in-game responsibilities to Brian Johnson
One recent change for the Eagles that has been of enormous help has been the addition of quarterback coach Brian Johnson to the sideline. Johnson has been in the booth for most of the season, but Nick Sirianni brought him down ahead of their game against Detroit.
“So, I think he’s been a great influence on Jalen on the sideline. And then, yeah, I mean, Brian just brings a wealth of knowledge in a lot of different areas; blitz protection, quarterback play, different styles of quarterbacks. So, yeah, Brian’s a major, major key. And I just think we have a really good offensive staff. Can’t say enough about our offensive staff and who we have in that room.”
Johnson’s presence has helped the Eagles manage in-game situations far better. Usually, one of Nick Sirianni or Shane Steichen would come over and discuss what’s going on with Hurts between drives. While this is far from a bad thing, it took away their ability to speak with the remainder of the team, leading to poor communication.
“And so, for the first couple weeks, Shane was — again, we adjust things to make it work, the best process. Shane would be spending time with Jalen on the sideline, looking at the pictures, and was, you know — we weren’t able to get to some talks every time, like, if it was a quicker three and out or whatever it was.
And so, now Brian can look at the pictures with him, Brian can talk to him about things they talked about all week. And Shane and I are in every quarterback meeting, too.”
By having Brian Johnson with them, Nick Sirianni and Steichen can focus on the remainder of the roster. Alongside that, Hurts now has his own exclusive coach to work through problems that the other two might not have time to solve.
A young coach has enough on his plate during the game, so Nick Sirianni passing off some responsibilities should make things go far more smoothly for everyone. The Eagles are back in action in Denver this Sunday, facing the 5-4 Broncos.
Mandatory Credit: Philadelphia Inquirer