Will Detroit Lions OC Ben Johnson Leave, and Where Would He Go?
Despite that messy loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday (Oct. 22), the Detroit Lions are still one of the hottest teams in the NFL. While Dan Campbell is at the helm, there’s another guy who’s getting lots of credit for the Lions’ rebuild, as well as Jared Goff’s stellar performance. That guy is Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson. But, now, Johnson is a wanted man, in the best way. He’s the No. 1 guy teams are looking at who need a new head coach. So, will Ben Johnson leave at the end of the season? And, if he does, where might he go?
Johnson is a different kind of offensive coordinator, and that’s not lost on Amon-Ra St. Brown. “The way he’s explaining the plays, the way he’s detailed with how we’ve got to run these routes in the red zone, I just knew the way he was talking to us, it just felt different,” St. Brown said of Johnson via ESPN. “I told one of my teammates, I forgot who it was, I was like, ‘Bro, when Ben gets up there, he knows exactly what he’s talking about, he’s telling us what he sees in this play, what he wants us to do.”
Will Detroit Lions’ OC Ben Johnson Leave, and Where Would He Go?
Many NFL critics and experts think Johnson won’t be able to resist the offers that come his way at the end of this season. Benjamin Raven, a Detroit Lions beat writer for MLive, is on “The Squad with Anne Erickson.” On the show, he and Anne talk all about the big Ravens win and what it means for the Lions. He also talked about the possibility of Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson leaving for a head coach position soon. He thinks it’s happening.
As for the teams Johnson might land, Raven mentioned the Las Vegas Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers, New England Patriots and Denver Broncos. Raven added that Johnson with the Chargers would be a “dream scenario” and that the Chargers might be “beating down the door to talk to Ben Johnson for that job.” Listen to “The Squad with Anne Erickson” below, and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. It sounds like a song like Queen’s “We Are the Champions” is in Johnson’s future.