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Ben Johnson informs interested teams he is staying on as Lions offensive coordinator 

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One of the best candidates for head coach remains in Detroit.

Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson has told interested clubs he will remain on head coach Dan Campbell’s team, NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero said Tuesday night.

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Johnson was on the route for an interview with the Carolina Panthers on Wednesday, and had previously interviewed the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans for their HC vacancies. However, he is not on the market at the moment, but he will likely become a head coach contender again if his trajectory continues to rise next season.

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Pelissero revealed that, having been instrumental in the Lions’ turnaround this season, Johnson believes something special is being built in Detroit and he wants to see it through.

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Johnson is just 36 years old, and his debut season as the Lions’ offensive coordinator was sensational.

Ranked 25th in total yards and 22nd in scoring in 2021, the Lions moved up to fifth and fourth in those categories, respectively, in Johnson’s first season as head coach.

Quarterback Jared Goff had one of the best seasons of his career, running back Jamaal Williams set franchise records and career highs, and Amon-Ra St. Brown continued to be one of the brightest young talents in the game.

Johnson worked with the Miami Dolphins from 2012 to 2018 in various offensive assistant roles before joining the Lions in 2019 as an offensive quality control coach under head coach Matt Patricia before being transferred in 2020 on the coach for difficult ends. In a hugely profitable move, Campbell kept Johnson as TE coach in 2021 before hiring him as head coach ahead of last season.

Johnson’s offense was the catalyst for the Lions knocking on the playoff door with a 9-8 record, their first winning mark since 2017.

Now, with the Lions looking to make it to the postseason and continue to move up under Campbell, Johnson will remain on the team, leading an offense that has been one of the best and most exciting in the NFL in 2022.



Source: www.nfl.com

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