It seems that there is still tension between Eagles’ defensive back C.J. Gardner-Johnson and his former defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon.
Gardner-Johnson took to Twitter to criticize Gannon’s coaching, saying that he didn’t put the defense in a position to make plays during the Super Bowl against the Chiefs.
C.J. was responding to a tweet in which Gannon was explaining what happened to his defense in the second half of the Super Bowl.
Gardner-Johnson said: “You ain’t put us in position to make plays.”, in the later deleted tweet.
#Eagles Safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson is calling out new #Cardinals coach Jonathan Gannon, his former Defensive Coordinator. pic.twitter.com/jTlUZ6ZjEi
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) March 1, 2023
The Eagles lost the Super Bowl in February 38-35. In the second half, the team left multiple receivers wide opens for touchdowns and couldn’t stop Kansas City’s offense.
It’s unclear why Gardner-Johnson deleted the tweet, but it’s possible that he thought better of publicly criticizing his former coach.
The fact that Gannon has since been hired as the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals suggests that he was highly regarded by some NFL executives, despite the outcome of the Super Bowl.
Gannon however, did recently make headlines for an awkward interaction with his players during his arrival in Arizona.
what is this??pic.twitter.com/ef1oTZbWq4
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) February 19, 2023
It remains to be seen whether Gardner-Johnson’s comments will have any long-term impact on his relationship with Gannon or with the Eagles organization as a whole.
It’s not uncommon for players to express frustration with their coaches or teammates on social media, but it’s important to handle those disagreements professionally and respectfully, both for the sake of the team and for the player’s own career.