The Detroit Lions have themselves a new offensive coordinator this season after the departure of Anthony Lynn, and he’s none other than Ben Johnson, who helped as much as anyone to accelerate Detroit’s passing game in the second half of the 2021 campaign.
And he’s earning some love from center Frank Ragnow, who finds him to be “brilliant”.
“I just think Ben’s brilliant, man,” Ragnow said. “I can’t say enough about Ben Johnson, I think he’s an incredible coach.”
Ben Johnson is earning love from his players
Prior to his promotion as Lions offensive coordinator, Johnson was brought aboard to serve as offensive quality control coach in 2019 before serving as the tight ends coach from 2020-21. He’s also been a tight ends coach at Boston College, while also working in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins in various capacities including assistant quarterbacks coach (2013-15), tight ends coach (2015), assistant wide receivers coach (2016-17) and wide receivers coach (2018).
“I’ve been impressed with what he’s doing, what he’s implementing inside of what we’re trying to get done here,” head coach Dan Campbell said of Johnson last month. “I would say this, we’re going to be much more efficient just on how we get things in and out of the huddle. The ability to change our tempo will be big.
“Some of that just comes from verbiage alone, believe it or not. I just feel like everything is just going to be so much more streamlined.”