The Detroit Lions have already won four more games than they did a year ago, and a big reason why is offensive coordinator, Ben Johnson. Though he is still learning on the job, Johnson has shown his brilliance time and time again during the 2022 season. Because of the Lions' success on the offensive side of the ball, there have been plenty of rumblings about Johnson getting interviews for head coach openings during the upcoming offseason. One NFL job that just opened up is the Denver Broncos, who just fired Nathaniel Hackett.
Ben Johnson listed as potential candidate for Broncos HC job
Following the news that Nathaniel Hackett was fired, Justin Melo of The Draft Network put together a three-person list of potential candidates to be hired as the next head coach of the Broncos.
The first person on the list is Ben Johnson.
Here is what Melo has to say about Johnson being a potential candidate to become the next head coach of the Broncos.
From The Draft Network:
Paton’s search may center around locating a candidate that’s capable of rejuvenating Russell Wilson. Wilson has been abysmal for the Broncos this season, but a five-year, $245 million extension ties Wilson to the Broncos for the foreseeable future. The Broncos have no choice but to attempt to salvage their deal for Wilson by hiring a coach that can build around his strengths and weaknesses.
Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson is a strong candidate that’s expected to attract interest around the league. Johnson is spearheading a shockingly effective Lions offense that’s scoring 26.1 points per contest. Johnson’s Lions are the fifth-ranked scoring offense.
Jared Goff is arguably enjoying a career-best season under Johnson’s influence. Johnson’s ability to build a system around Goff may be appealing to a Broncos franchise that possesses a struggling quarterback under center. Could Johnson help Wilson return to Pro Bowl form? Johnson should get an interview in Denver.
Will Ben Johnson land a head coaching gig for the 2023 season?
In my opinion, Johnson will eventually land a head coaching gig in the NFL, he is too much of an offensive genius not to. That being said, he is literally in his first season as an offensive coordinator and it would be very surprising to me if he is poached away from the Lions before the 2023 season beings.
Now, if Johnson continues doing what he is going and the Lions' offense balls out in 2023, then all bets are off and he could certainly land a head coaching gig.
Nation, what do you think?