Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson will continue to coordinate the Lions offense for at least another year.
According to NFL Media, Johnson has told teams potentially interested in his services as head coach for 2023 that he will remain in place.
The Panthers, Colts and Texans have been associated with Johnson.
This is very good news for the Lions, as it means coach Dan Campbell won’t have to look for a replacement for Johnson.
The 36-year-old former North Carolina quarterback began coaching in 2009. He arrived in Detroit in 2019 as a member of Team Matt Patricia. In 2020 and 2021, he served as a time-end coach, and this year he became the offensive coordinator, replacing Anthony Lynn.
It is assumed that Johnson will have a chance to become a head coach in 2024. Of course, that’s what we thought about Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich a year ago; now he is in danger of being let go by the Bucs.
Johnson was a hot candidate because Detroit’s 2022 offensive was better than expected and because the quarterback Jared Goff played well enough to secure his future with the team. The job of an NFL head coach requires a very different set of skills.
Some coordinators can do a very different job as a head coach and some can’t. There is only one way to find out – the coordinator must try the work.
And for every Sean Payton, there’s a Nathaniel Hackett. Where Ben Jonson lies on this spectrum will not be determined for at least a year.