2. Brian Johnson
It’s never a bad idea to take a talented player or coach from a rival team and right now, the Cowboys’ biggest rival has a lot of talent on their sideline. One name to watch in that regard is Brian Johnson, who is in just his second season as a coach in the NFL after a long career in the NCAA.
Johnson was hired by Nick Sirianni to coach the Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks and has been a major factor in the ascension of Jalen Hurts. He’s also been gaining a lot of traction as a young coach to watch, with Adam Schefter going as far as to say he gets “head coaching vibes” with Johnson.
A former collegiate quarterback at Utah, Johnson began coaching at his alma mater in 2010 and became the offensive coordinator in 2012. He then left in 2014 and took a position at Mississippi State as the quarterback coach. During the first two of those three seasons, he worked with Dak Prescott, the Cowboys current starter.
Prescott had a huge leap in production once Johnson joined the staff. He had 7,242 yards passing with 56 touchdowns and 16 picks during those two years. He became a more refined passer and saw his completion percentage grow each year and relied less on his legs. Even so, he still had 24 rushing touchdowns in that span as well.
Adding Johnson would mean Prescott would have familiarity with the coach and Johnson has shown he can help an NFL quarterback take a step forward. That’s why he would make a lot of sense as a potential replacement if needed.