Brian Johnson gives an honest assessment of his 1st game as Eagles offensive play-caller: ' It was too sloppy'

Eagles offensive coordinator Brian Johnson hung out with the Philly media ahead of Thursday's game versus the Vikings. He was very open and honest about his opinion of how he did in Week 1.
Brian Johnson (L), Jalen Hurts (R), Philadelphia Eagles
Brian Johnson (L), Jalen Hurts (R), Philadelphia Eagles / Mitchell Leff/GettyImages

Ever since the time ran out on the Philadelphia Eagles' first win of the regular season, a 25-20 triumph over the New England Patriots, fans and members of the media have been sharing their thoughts on what went wrong, what went right, and their confidence level following a game that shouldn't have been nearly as difficult as it was. Let's just say the opinions have been all over the place, and it hasn't been difficult to find several that vary.

Some say this was one of those performances that we can chalk up to rust. Others believe the emotional roller-coaster ride was the result of having one of the greatest football minds in NFL history on the other sideline, the one belonging to long-time Pats head coach Bill Belichick. Here's where we all can agree.

The coaching on Philly's sideline has to be better.

Philly burned two timeouts on special teams. That falls on the shoulders of Michael Clay. The defense made huge plays, but they were also inconsistent in pass coverage. That's ultimately the fault of new defensive coordinator Sean Desai.

The offensive coordinator is also new, and that's where our story begins. It's time to talk about Brian Johnson.

Eagles offensive coordinator Brian Johnson gives a brutally honest assessment of his Week 1 performance as Philly's offensive play caller.

It's a short week. With a little over two days remaining until the Eagles kick off their second regular season game in the span of five days, defensive coordinator Sean Desai, offensive coordinator Brian Johnson, and QB1 Jalen Hurts all met with the Philly media.

Johnson, as you might expect, was asked to give an honest assessment of his Week 1 performance. To his credit, he was candid and accepted full responsibility. Here's some of what he had to say on the topic.

"It was too sloppy. Just (from) the standpoint of... I think, for me, the thing that was really most frustrating is we had an opportunity, up 16-0 with the ball in minus territory three possessions in a row, and we couldn't get much going. So, we just have to continue to clean up (and make) corrections and put ourselves in the best position to go out there and have some success."

Brian also added that the team operated well in terms of managing different scenarios and making second-half adjustments. He's frustrated. You can tell, but at the same time, he has been around this organization for a while now. He is committed to getting everyone involved in the offensive attack and putting his players in the best position to ensure their success. It sounds cliche, but it works.

As rough as some of Sunday's game looked, fans and the media should rest easy. Most of what we're bothered by currently is fixable. The answers might be wight in front of us.

Shane Steichen, more often than not, excelled where Johnson recently failed. If Jalen Hurts was out of rhythm, Shane was excellent at helping QB1 complete a few throws to get him back in a groove. Coach Johnson will figure that out. He has known Jalen for quite a while. There is without question some football chemistry that they share between them.

Think of it this way. Coach Johnson knew Jalen's family since before Jalen knew Jalen's family. This is a structure that will work. We simply need to give it time. The rust will fall off, and thankfully, the Birds won't be playing Bill Belichick again unless they meet New England in the Super Bowl.

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