Dan Campbell has officially hired all of his coordinators and now his other coaches are also falling into place.
According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Campbell is expected to keep current Lions TEs coach Ben Johnson for the 2021 season. Campbell has ties to Johnson as Johnson replaced him as TEs coach in Miami when Campbell was promoted to interim head coach of the Dolphins in 2010.
One other coaching staff note: TEs coach Ben Johnson is expected to return for the Lions. He replaced Campbell as TEs coach when Campbell got the interim HC gig in Miami
— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) January 27, 2021
Ben Johnson enters his first year as tight ends coach after joining the Lions in 2019 as the team’s offensive quality control coach.
Prior to joining Detroit, he was promoted to the Dolphins wide receivers coach in 2018 where he helped WR Albert Wilson average the second-most yards after catch (12.9) in the NFL and the fifth-highest yards per target (11.2).
In 2017, Johnson helped WR Jarvis Landry catch a Dolphins franchise-record and an NFL-high 112 receptions. Landry also earned Pro Bowl recognition for the third consecutive season and caught a career-high nine touchdown passes.
In Johnson’s first season as assistant wide receivers coach in 2016, he helped the Dolphins win 10 games and earn their first playoff berth since 2008. Johnson coached Landry to 94 receptions for 1,136 yards (12.1 avg.) and four touchdowns, earning his second consecutive Pro Bowl selection. Landry’s 94 receptions were fourth in single-season Dolphins history and his 1,136 receiving yards were eighth.