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Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson named as one of three finalists for AP’s Assistant Coach of the Year. The Detroit Lions have had a mixed season in 2022, with coach Dan Campbell unfortunately being snubbed for the Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year nominations. However, one Lions coach has been nominated for some post-season honors. Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson is one of three finalists for AP’s Assistant Coach of the Year. Johnson is up against Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen and 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans.
Why it Matters
Coach Ben Johnson’s nomination for Assistant Coach of the Year is well-deserved, with the Lions' offensive coordinator having a significant impact on the team’s performance this season. Under Johnson's leadership, Jared Goff had his best career year in at least four seasons, and the Lions' offense produced the fifth-highest scoring in the league. Additionally, Johnson’s bold play-calling in critical moments, such as the fourth-and-1 call against the Jets and the clever pass play to Penei Sewell in the victory against the Vikings, helped the Lions win important games.
Ben Johnson By The Numbers
The Lions have had an impressive season, with the fifth-highest scoring offense in the league and a record-breaking performance from Jamaal Williams, who led the NFL in rushing touchdowns and broke Barry Sanders’ single-season franchise record with 17. Johnson’s first year as an NFL coordinator has been a successful one, with Detroit’s points per game output increasing by a full touchdown, from 19.1 in 2021 to 26.6 this season.
- The Lions produced the fifth-highest scoring offense in the league
- Jared Goff had his best career year in at least four seasons
- Jamaal Williams led the NFL in rushing touchdowns, breaking Barry Sanders’ single-season franchise record with 17
- The Lions' points per game output increased by a full touchdown, from 19.1 in 2021 to 26.6 this season
What They're Saying About Johnson
The winner of the AP Assistant Coach of the Year will be announced at the NFL Honors show on Thursday, February 9. Johnson is a strong candidate, with his impressive first year as an NFL coordinator and the impact he has had on the Lions' offense. Despite removing his name from consideration for head coach vacancies heading into 2023, Johnson has made a significant impact on the team and is well-deserving of the recognition.