It's been an interesting couple of months for the Philadelphia Eagles. Things were looking bright when the Eagles were 10-1 heading into December. Things took a dramatic turn as Philadelphia dropped six of their last seven games, including a Wild Card Round loss to the Tampa Bay Buccanneers.
The offense hit a wall and that led to offensive coordinator Brian Johnson being let go on Jan. 24. Receiver AJ Brown has supported Johnson on multiple occasions and that didn't seem to stop even with the 36-year-old coach no longer in Philly.
Brown jumped on Rob Maaddi's podcast and said he wasn't shocked Johnson was fired because "somebody has to be the bad guy” in the NFL.
In this interview, Brown is essentially saying that Johnson was the scapegoat because of Philly's disappointing end of the season. From Week 13 on, the Eagles scored fewer than 20 points in five games. Philadelphia didn't seem to have much of an identity on offense but Brown hints that it wasn't all on Johnson.
The Ole Miss product then added he doesn't get "attached" to the offensive coordinator because it comes down to the players at the end of the day. Brown is right about the sentiment. The OC can't only do so much. Yeah, he's the one calling the plays but he can't execute it for the players.
The three-time Pro Bowl selection has been one of the best playmakers in the league since coming over to Philadelphia. Over his last two seasons, Brown logged 194 receptions for 2,952 receiving yards, and 18 touchdowns. With Kellen Moore taking over the reins on offense, he's tasked with improving a unit that has all the pieces in place.
The Eagles' offense will need to be firing all cylinders to overcome the odds for next year, which have them ranked eighth in the NFL at +1700 to win the Super Bowl.
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