The Detroit Lions offensive coordinator will bring him back for another year, and he also reportedly told the Seahawks and the Chiefs that he will return to Detroit.
While Ben Johnson seemed to be the favorite to get the head coaching job for the team Washington leaders, The Lions offensive coordinator will return for another season with the Detroit Lions, according to Tom Pelissero. Per Pelissero, Johnson informed both commanders and the armed forces Seattle Seahawks He plans to return to Detroit.
Per Adam Schefter, Johnson wasn't a 'head coaching lock' Which was suggested by some and that the price he asked for “scared some teams away.” Earlier during the regular season, Josina Anderson reported that Johnson was seeking $15 million per year, although Johnson's agent denied this.
Regardless of the reason, Johnson's return to the Lions is a huge win for the Lions and quarterback Jared Goff. The Lions' offense has ranked fifth in scoring in back-to-back seasons, and Johnson's unique play-calling skills have helped Detroit advance all the way to the NFC Championship The game where they hung a solid 31 points San Francisco 49ers defense.
“He's been an important part for us,” coach Dan Campbell said of Johnson on Monday. “It's a coin.”
Johnson reportedly interviewed with five different teams this training cycle: the Commanders, Seahawks, Falcons, Chargers, and Panthers. He and Lions defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn are scheduled to conduct in-person interviews Tuesday with the leaders, who traveled to Detroit to speak with both candidates.
At this point, Glenn's status is still up in the air. He is still a candidate for the captains position, but has not been interviewed by the only remaining vacancy (the Seahawks).
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to update: Per shifter, Johnson informed leaders of his decision ahead of his scheduled interview with them later on Tuesday:
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