Johnson recently finished his second season as the offensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions, and it was a highly successful one. Under his guidance, the Lions had one of the best offenses in the NFL in 2023. Quarterback Jared Goff, who was the top selection of the 2016 NFL Draft, had two of the best seasons of his career with Johnson’s coaching.
Interest from Other Teams
Sources have revealed that Johnson was scheduled to meet with the Seattle Seahawks and the Washington Commanders this week to discuss potential coaching positions. However, he has decided not to pursue either job at this time.
The Lions’ offense has seen great success since Johnson became the offensive coordinator in 2022. They have averaged the fourth-most points per game in the league, and their total yards per game were the best in the league at 387.4. Johnson’s creative plays and strategies have led to the success of multiple players, including rookies Jahmyr Gibbs and Sam LaPorta, who received Rookie of the Year consideration.
Decision Benefits Lions
Johnson’s decision to remain in Detroit as the offensive coordinator is a win for the Lions. It allows them to focus on other offseason priorities rather than having to fill a significant coaching vacancy. The team can now continue building on their successful season and work towards future goals.
NFC Championship Game
The Detroit Lions made it to the NFC Championship Game but fell short of earning their first trip to the Super Bowl. Despite leading 24-7 at halftime, they could only produce seven points in the second half as the San Francisco 49ers staged a comeback and secured a 34-31 victory. Lions head coach faced criticism for his decision-making in the game, particularly on fourth downs.
Players Defend Coach
Despite the criticism, many Lions players, including veteran running back David Montgomery, came to the defense of the head coach. Montgomery stated that Coach Johnson is the best in the league and that they trust and support every decision he makes.
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