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Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson had a stellar first season as an offensive coordinator, which made him one of the hottest head coaching candidates this offseason. Despite having multiple interviews, Johnson decided to stay with the Lions, and on Thursday, he explained why. In an interview with MLive, Johnson emphasized his desire to win football games and be around good people, citing his belief in the direction of the organization and his admiration for head coach Dan Campbell.
- Ben Johnson had a fantastic first season as an offensive coordinator, making him one of the most sought-after head coaching candidates this off-season.
- Despite the interest from other teams, Johnson chose to remain with the Lions because he wants to win football games and be around good people and believes in the direction of the organization and the leadership of head coach Dan Campbell.
- Johnson emphasized that once the Lions make the playoffs, “all bets are off” and the team can make a run for the championship.
- Although there is no guarantee that he will have another opportunity to become a head coach, Johnson is content with his decision to stay with the Lions and is dedicated to helping the team succeed.
- Johnson's dedication to the Lions and belief in the team's potential are evident, and Detroit fans should be excited about his contributions to building a winning culture within the organization.
Ben Johnson says all bets are off once Detroit Lions make playoffs
Johnson made it clear that once the Lions get into the playoffs, “all bets are off.”
“I've been a part of a number of losing seasons in my 11 years in the NFL, and to feel us get so close (was bittersweet),” Johnson said. “Knowing what Brad's been able to do in his short time here in acquiring this talent — this personnel — it really makes me feel like, man, we just got to kick that door down. Get our foot into the dance, and all bets are off when that happens.”
Another opportunity is not guaranteed
Johnson acknowledged that there is no guarantee that he will have another opportunity to become a head coach, but he is at peace with that possibility. “Some people, they really want to climb as fast as they can,” he said. “I know particularly young coaches want to do that. That's not been the case for me, per se. If (another opportunity doesn't come), we'll be at peace with it. I haven't lost any sleep or have any regrets doing what we did. We are very happy.”
Bottom Line: Johnson is dedicated to the Lions
Johnson's dedication to the Lions and his belief in the team's potential is palpable. With his help, the Lions will look to kick down the door and secure a spot in the postseason. Detroit fans should be excited about what Johnson can bring to the table, as he continues to work to build a winning culture within the Lions organization.