Brian Johnson Is Doing Way Better Than You Think He Is
Brian Johnson has gotten a lot of heat from Eagles fans this season. People have not loved his playcalling at times, and have been ignored by a couple of bad halves of offensive football. But if we all take a step back, and look at the full picture, this Eagles offense is very good.
In the last 3 weeks, they have played the Bills, Chiefs, and Cowboys. And at different times in all 3 of those games, the offense had some issues. And if you ignored all context, and just looked at their production, you could find some issue in their performances vs those teams. But what is being left out of that conversation, is how good each of those defenses are.
The Cowboys, Chiefs, and Bills are 4th, 3rd, and 6th in the league in terms of points allowed. Going into week 13, the Cowboys defense gives up on average 16.8 points per game, the Chiefs give up 16.5, and the Bills give up 18.9. But the Eagles scored at least 21 on all 3 of them, and 37 on the Bills. Only the Eagles have scored 3 TDs in one game against this Chiefs defense. Only 1 team has scored more than they did against the Cowboys. And they are the only team to put up 30+ points on the Bills.
Are things perfect? No. Do some of these WR screens drive me crazy? Yes. But Brian Johnson has this offense playing better against these defenses than any other team in the league. 6 of their 11 games have come against defenses in the top half of the league in terms of points allowed. They have outpaced their opponent’s average points allowed in 9 of their 11 games. The only exceptions are the Patriots in week 1, and the Jets.
And while we get frustrated by the questionable play calls, we have to also give him credit when it goes well. That Jalen Hurts walk-off TD was a great play call. The scheme got Jalen Hurts into the End Zone untouched.
Next time you get frustrated by some play call Brian Johnson makes, just keep this context in mind. The Eagles have a tougher schedule than anyone to this point. Despite that, they average the 3rd most points per game in the NFL. And while there have been some hiccups, the Eagles offense is still playing at an elite level. And while a lot of that is attributed to their talent, you can’t just ignore the role Johnson plays when things go well. The stats don’t lie, and he is doing a great job running this offense despite playing some great defenses.