Are Bucs Waiting For Kyle Trask’s Old Offensive Coordinator?

February 10th, 2023

Eagles QB coach Brian Johnson.

A guy with a pipeline to shot-callers high up the Bucs’ food chain tossed out a very, very intriguing scenario last night on Twitter.

Joe’s not going to give away the man’s contacts at One Buc Palace, but trust Joe, they would know what the Bucs’ plans are.

A casual observer might see the Bucs as dragging their tails trying to fill the opening at offensive coordinator, the void left by failed former playcaller Byron Leftwich. But a delay often signals that a team wants to have a formal interview with a coach whose team is still alive in the postseason.

Joe is confident one reason the offensive coordinator gig remains open is that this job is not attractive. Who will be the Bucs quarterback? And how does a candidate know he’s not going to work for a lame-duck coach facing a one-and-done season if he loses in 2023?

The delay also could be because no candidate to date has blown the Bucs’ socks off.

JC Cornell, the founder of, Twittered something very, very interesting last night about the Bucs’ potential offensive coordinator. He suggested fans should not be surprised if, immediately after the Super Bowl, the Bucs interview Eagles quarterback coach Brian Johnson.

(No, not that Brian Johnson. This Johnson doesn’t live in Sarasota and sing for AC/DC.)

Why is that? Well, Johnson was the offensive coordinator for current Bucs backup quarterback Kyle Trask at the University of Florida.

Joe took a peek at Johnson’s bio from the Eagles’ official website and here’s a very telling excerpt.

As the offensive coordinator [at Florida], Johnson led the Gators to the most prolific passing offense (387.6 ypg) in the FBS while ranking seventh in total offense (509.8 ypg) and eighth in scoring offense (39.8 ppg).

Under Johnson’s direction in 2020, quarterback Kyle Trask completed 301-of-437 attempts (68.9 pct.) for 4,283 yards, 43 touchdowns, eight interceptions and a 180.0 efficiency rating en route to Heisman Trophy finalist and second-team All-America honors. The senior signal caller led the entire FBS in touchdown passes and ranked second in completions and passing yards.

So if the Bucs plan to start Trask this fall, wouldn’t it be smart to bring in a guy who was successful and comfortable with Trask? And the transition to Johnson’s offense probably would be minimal since Trask would know elements of it.

Johnson did a helluva job helping turn Air Raid quarterback Jalen Hurts from a pass-heavy player under Lincoln Riley in college into sort of a top-shelf hybrid Oklahoma/NFL offense QB with the Eagles.

Johnson, 36, already had talks with the Jets and Rams this offseason for their open offensive coordinator gigs.

76 Responses to “Are Bucs Waiting For Kyle Trask’s Old Offensive Coordinator?”

  1. ModHairKen Says:

    I’d rather have Brian Johnson from AC-DC. He wrote all of the lyrics to Back in Black while in the Bahamas a month after getting hired. I think he can draw up a play.

    Even if he can’t, he’d be an upgrade over Leftwich.

  2. SB~LV Says:

    QB coach to OC
    Who knows
    Who really cares with this ownership

  3. ClwJB Says:

    Sounds good to me – we dont have the cap space to go sign someone and keep Dean, LVD etc

    The TE was a huge part of his O also, Kyle Pitts went off

  4. SlyPirate Says:

    This is the best OC candidate we’ve discussed so far

  5. Beej Says:

    I’ve always been suspicious that Back in Black was pretty much created with Bon Scott, then they just had new guy sing the songs. They never had anything remotely as good since

  6. Mark2001 Says:

    USa today said Ronde made HOF class. Hope I’m reading it right.

  7. Joe in Michigan Says:

    I have no idea if the “slow learner” tag is true for Trask (see Tweet above), but if it is that’s 3 strikes against him, along lack of mobility and an unimpressive arm.

  8. ATLBuc Says:

    Perhaps not only for Trask but also AR15!!

  9. YucsBall Says:

    Do we get a comp pick because he’s black? Why didn’t we get one when Bowles was made HC?

  10. Stebobucsfan Says:

    Yes I also think that’s a decent deal to bring in Brian Johnson @ OC. We all knew something was going on when the Bucs has brought in at least 7 OC candidates and haven’t hire anybody. Many say the job it not that attractive but my question is why are so many people interviewing. In the NFL any decent position coach get fired on this day and tomorrow they’re hired by another team and usually the old team still owe them the rest of their contract. So go Bucs

  11. Joe Swanson Says:

    He also worked with Dak Prescott at Mississippi State. He may be a threat to Bowles. Hes a hot commodity I would offer him OC and assistant head coach.

  12. Todd Says:

    Brian Johnson has his “short bus” driver’s license it seems. That’s good for Kyle!

  13. Ed Says:

    I’m in on Johnson as an OC but not because he coached Kyle Trask in college. More because he’s helped develop Jalen Hurts and has benefited by being part of the Eagles team that offensively has been very successful.

    If Kyle Trask starts for the Bucs this season, the team will be back in the cellar of the NFC South. They need a proven winner like Jimmy G, who has the maturity and experience in winning systems to manage games and move the ball.

    Jimmy is a solid quarterback and can’t carry a team on his back. He does have good vision to see the defenses, he gets the ball out quickly and he doesn’t throw a lot of interceptions. He doesn’t have a great deep ball but the Bucs don’t have the WR’s that get behind the secondary anyway.

  14. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Johnson, 36, already had talks with the Jets and Rams this offseason for their open offensive coordinator gigs.

    So….why haven’t we talked to him?

  15. surferbuc Says:

    Joes says: “they would know what the Bucs’ plans are.”

    LOL. Joe is using woke pronouns so as not to say “he” or “she”.

  16. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Mark2001 Says:
    February 10th, 2023 at 7:29 am
    USa today said Ronde made HOF class. Hope I’m reading it right.

    Old news if you check JBF hourly like you should.

  17. mark2001 Says:

    Dooosh…was it last night? I turn in early…have to get my beauty sleep. And at my age, I need a lot of beauty sleep to look decent. LOL.

  18. Hodad Says:

    Joe look back at some of my old posts. I’ve been wondering why we haven’t interviewed this guy for weeks. If you’re going to go the young QB coach as OC, why not the guy who had success with Trask in college? Look at the job he’s done with another 2nd round pick who everyone was down on Jalen Hurts. Does it make to much sense for the Bucs to do this is my only concern.

  19. Oddball Says:

    Naw, they are waiting on someone dumb/desperate enough to say yes.

  20. surferbuc Says:

    Those amazing passing stats from Kyle’s 2020 season in the SEC cannot be true. The SEC has the most speed of all conferences in college football and Rod Munch says Kyle has a noodle arm. 😛

  21. mark2001 Says:

    Doosh. I was probably getting my beauty sleep. And at my age, we older guys need all the beauty sleep we can get.

  22. Anonymous Says:

    If that’s what Bowles is doing then we’re absolutely cleaning house in 2024.

  23. Bucsfan13 Says:

    We shouldn’t get a guy just because Trask is associated with him. Why are handing Trask the job? We should pick the best guy, period! If Trask was the designated starter, then it would be a good idea. He’s not.

  24. surferbuc Says:


    You make no sense. You say you like Johnson for OC because he developed Jalen Hurts at the Eagles but then say you don’t like Kyle Trask because we need a “proven winner”.

    Do you not know that Jalen Hurts was anything but a “proven winner”? That he was horrible his 2020 rookie season, playing all games and finishing with a lowly 33.8 quarterback rating? That he struggled again during his 2021 training camp? That he struggled again in his second season, 2021? That he didn’t flourish until his THIRD SEASON, 2022, and only now – AFTER 3 SEASONS – he is in the Super Bowl?

    Hurts was the farthest thing from a “proven winner”. In fact virtually all NFL analysts wrote him off. Now they’re all eating crow.

  25. Cardiac kidz Says:

    The SEC is the best college conference, the combination of Trask and Johnson tore it up together. 40 plus TDs with only 8 picks. Our oline will have Jensen and Stinnie back. Our run game will be much better.

    The price is right and will help keep some our free agents.

  26. Leopold Stotch Says:


  27. SB~LV Says:

    Everything about this franchise is JV

  28. TAMPA BAY DEMON™ Says:

    If we are indeed planning on going with Trask, than this makes alot of sense and I think I would feel pretty good about it.

    On a lighter note, Beej….. what about “For Those About to Rock” — That was also classic album with Brian.

  29. FlBoy84 Says:

    Can see the Glazers examining each OC candidate’s potential HC abilities during these interviews. Def think they’ll promote whichever OC they eventually hire to HC in ’24 if Bowles doesn’t alter his approach and the team falters in any way this upcoming season.

  30. Buc king Says:

    Arron rodgers.. new big n fast beast wr ..
    Draft some dline edge beast or olb ..
    A safety and cb it back

  31. surferbuc Says:

    Face it, no NFL owner wants to fire a black head coach after only 2 seasons and replace him with a white guy. It’s just a reality. For the Glazers, Johnson makes sense because if they fire Bowles then Johnson can step in.

  32. HC Grover Says:

    The new improved Lefty. Pffft.

  33. Mark2001 Says:

    Hey SB. I’m probably as vocal as anyone. And we have had quite a few dry spells. But we have had some great defenses, and SB Champs. And 4 HOF guys fron that great 1999-2002 defense. So let’s not over react.

  34. TAMPA BAY DEMON™ Says:

    surferbuc Says:
    “Face it, no NFL owner wants to fire a black head coach after only 2 seasons”

    The LAST team in the NFL that needs to worry about anything like that is the BUCS. No team has a track record like them. They have had 4 African American Head Coaches. No other NFL team has had even 3, and most have not had 2.

  35. Marine Buc Says:

    Perhaps this is why the Bucs have not signed an OC yet.

    Waiting until the SB is over…

    This guy or the dude from Cincinnati would be fine to help us win 2-4 games next season.

    As long as we get a top three pick in the draft next year.

  36. rrsrq Says:

    Still wondering why JL did not go after Kavarius Toney when he was available by the giants, especially since we have no speed. He has a rapport with Trask, how much would it have cost us, so we let him go to KC, who is already loaded with speed

  37. Bucs56 Says:

    I am on board with this. Has experience calling plays and then nfl experience. Unless he says he doesn’t believe in pre snap motion or play action (BL) hire him.

  38. Alanbucsfan Says:

    If Shane Steichen, Eagles Offensive Coordinator , gets a Head Coaching job, then Johnson will be promoted to Eagles’ O/C job. If that doesn’t happen, Bucs should jump at chance to hire Johnson. Hurts, Prescott, Trask – pretty good development resume.

  39. Beej Says:

    So….Monken is the only one we’ve talked to who is still available?

  40. Bobby M. Says:

    They are definitely waiting on someone…..guessing it’s Monken, the Bengals QB coach or this fella from Philly.

  41. Joe in Michigan Says:

    rrsrq Says:
    February 10th, 2023 at 9:33 am
    Still wondering why JL did not go after Kavarius Toney when he was available by the giants, especially since we have no speed. He has a rapport with Trask, how much would it have cost us, so we let him go to KC, who is already loaded with speed
    Why did the Giants want to get rid of Toney? That question probably answers your question.

  42. Bucs since 76 Says:

    Johnson could install a offensive that Trask wouldn’t have to learn. This hire makes a lot of sense, he coach at Florida and knows the no tax state plus the weather beats Philly hands down. Give the man a three contract 1.5 million a year and get done next week.

  43. Marine Buc Says:

    @ Beej

    No. Tierney, Dan Pitcher and Dave Canalas are all still available.

    As is Jim Bob Cooter.

    It appears Dan Pitcher (current QB Coach for the Bengals) is the front runner -as he is the only candidate to be interviewed twice so far.

    I would prefer Dan Pitcher over anyone else who has been interviewed.

  44. SKBucsFan Says:

    This is the best article Joe has qritten about an OC speculation. Certainlybthe best option!

    Licht could screw this up and hire the wrong Brian Johnson. But this could be the guy. He had done it at college with less talent; a QB and a TE!
    I’m all for giving someone new the job. Especially one who is qualified and knows our future QB.

  45. Free Will Says:

    I think they also be waiting for kevin petullo who is eagles passing game coordinator. He was Bowles offensive coordinator with the jets and Bowles did say that he want to bring in some of his guys.

  46. AbucAway Says:

    Look at his results. I like this guy.

  47. EEK Says:

    Lots more coaching candidates will be available after the SB

  48. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I very much like this guy, and feel he will benefit Trask very much.
    Trask’s last year at Florida was no joke!

  49. RustyRhinos Says:

    The 2020 UF stats that concern me with Johnson is
    Rushing attempts – 367
    Rushing Yards – 1575
    Yards per rush – 4.0
    Rushing Yards per game – 131.3

    All look good, yet the top 4 rushing yards carriers are:

    Rb Dameon Pierce 106 att -503 – 4.7 ypc – 4 td
    Rb Malik Davis 66 att – 310 – 4.7 ypc – 0 td
    QB Emory Jones 32 att- 217 – 6.8 ypc – 2 td
    Rb Nay’Quan Wright 54 att – 213 – 3.9 ypc 2 td

    This is not what I would call a strong rushing game. If we have this as our rushing totals next season do we really think this will be a successful season, regardless of who is our QB?

    Go!!!!! Bucs!!!!!

  50. Marine Buc Says:

    @ Rusty

    If the Bucs average 131 rush yards per game it would put the Bucs in the top ten rushing offenses in the NFL.

    Compared to last year – top ten is pretty good…

  51. BrianBucs Says:

    This guy Johnson knows how to put a passing offense together.
    Bowles wants somebody that can put a running game together

  52. 1#bucsfan Says:

    Those numbers are great in college but this is the nfl. This guy helped trask n made him look great in college , he had a hand in dak Prescott idk if that’s tru just basing off another poster but for sure know he helped with jalen hurts. I say bring this guy in for OC with trask at QB n throwing the ball to ME13,CG14 Otton and having a hopefully healthy oline we deff could win the division again.

  53. Joe Says:

    Those numbers are great in college but this is the NFL.

    In general, that’s correct. But remember Trask mostly played SEC games. Joe’s not an SEC honk at all but that is often a defensive league. So it’s not like Trask was putting these numbers up against a no-defense league like the Big XII or the Mountain West or even the PAC-12.

  54. OrlandoBucFan Says:

    The stats Trask put up in college are mind boggling. If the Bucs hire Johnson, maybe he can get the best out of Trask.

  55. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I’ve been mentioning the past 2 weeks that I think they are after someone from the superbowl teams. I didn’t know of this connection.

    I think it’s a great idea.

  56. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    BrianBucs Says:
    February 10th, 2023 at 10:59 am
    This guy Johnson knows how to put a passing offense together.
    Bowles wants somebody that can put a running game together.”

    We don’t actually know that.

  57. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    If they get him as OC, then that tells us they are more sold on Trask than we were led to believe.

  58. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Unless Dan Mullen absolutely doesn’t want to do the job, why go get the baby calf when the Bull is out there looking to coach, don’t get the cheeseburger go get the prime rib

  59. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    It’s entirely possible the guy could excel

  60. SKBucsFan Says:

    The more I read about this guy the more I like him. He woukd be a perfect fit.
    Yahoo sports just did a story about him and QB development. Head coach Nick Sirianni speaks highly of him.

  61. Keimosabe Says:

    Been saying this for a week now, gotta wait till super bowl is over

  62. Tye Says:

    Joe hit on it!

    2020 was the pandemic year where the schedule was 10 games all conference which means the stats Trask put up was against all SEC teams for 10 straight weeks… Arguably the toughest conference… 40+ TDs and only 8 ints…

    IF (big IF) he can translate that to the NFL, he could possibly become the 2nd best Bucs qb only to Tom Brady!

  63. Fansince76 Says:


  64. unbelievable Says:

    I started talking about him the day after Leftwich was fired.

    Would not mind this as well, he’s clearly worked magic with several QBs now at college and pro level.

  65. David Says:

    Makes sense if they are going with Trask. Actually, makes sense even if they aren’t. Todd Monken and this guy seem like the best options right now. The other guys they’ve been talking to are coming from horrendous offenses.

  66. sasquatch Says:

    Kevin Patullo on the Iggles staff (passing game coordinator) might also be a candidate — was Bowles QB coach in NYJ and also attended USF.

  67. Buccos Says:

    Ding ding ding! This one rings the bell for me. This would be an outstanding hire. Kyle will be ready this year. He will succeed, especially with this coach.

  68. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    FYI Mullen was the true OC for the Gators. Johnson, while called OC, was effectively the QB coach. Mullen called the plays. Hire Mullen?

  69. covertwo22 Says:

    Monken if they want a head coach in the waiting. If he has one good year with Tampa, he’ll get a HC job somewhere.

    Johnson if they go with Trask and they hope for a few years of continuity and believe in Bowles.

    Either way, I think they should stick with Trask. They are strapped for at least 2yrs with the cap and he is the cheapest option. By the time you’d need to resign him, your out of cap hell. spend this draft on the O-line and another power back.
    A solid D, solid O-line and a strong running game will help any developing quarterback.

  70. geno711 Says:

    Dusthty Rhothdes Says:
    February 10th, 2023 at 12:09 pm
    Unless Dan Mullen absolutely doesn’t want to do the job, why go get the baby calf when the Bull is out there looking to coach, don’t get the cheeseburger go get the prime rib

    Yet, all of Mullens best seasons were when Brian Johnson was with him.
    Kinda like all of Bill Belichicks best seasons were when Brady was with him.

  71. geno711 Says:

    Jack Burton.

    Mullen may have been the OC for the Florida Gators that year effectively. But again, Mullens best years have also been tied to when Brian Johnson was with him.

    So, unless we were in the room, we might never know who was more important to the success those teams had.

  72. David Says:

    Perfect marriage/hire if they can get it done. I am not sure how some of the fans are referring to the Bucs QC Coach who labeled Kyle as a slow learner of the Bucs system. He also said Kyle was not allowed to compete for QB2. That was a poor comments. How do you learn the system without taking any snaps. Thanks God he is gone. Hire Johnson and give Trask a chance to start.

  73. BuxfaninTX Says:

    If that’s the case, just hire Dan Mullen instead

  74. Idahobucfan4life Says:

    But why would Johnson leave a Superbowl team (more successful) to join the Bucs in a lateral move as OC? Scratch that. A downgrade from what he already has?…especially if the Eagles win the Superbowl. Could it be the potential to become a head coach if things don’t go well for Bowles?? If things don’t go well for Bowles, things wouldn’t be going well for Johnson. I can see a reason for waiting to hire with this logic, just can’t see any logic in it from Johnson’s side.

  75. A Says:

    I would like this hire, Eagles quarterback coach Brian Johnson, tired of same ole same ole retread hires. Let’s do something out of the box…(for Bucs anyway)

    Now, I’ll hate this hire if we draft AR15, while Jalen hurts struggled as a Rookie NFL QB – he was an excellent college QB…(not AR15)

    Go Bucs!

  76. The Anomaly Says:

    He will be the next Eagles OC

    That is a done deal