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T.J. Hockenson says keeping Ben Johnson was ‘Huge’ for Detroit Lions


Technically speaking, the NFL new year does not begin until March 15th, but the Detroit Lions may have already made their biggest off-season move. The move I am speaking of is the fact that Ben Johnson will be back as their offensive coordinator for the 2023 season. As Detroit’s offense continued to roll throughout the 2022 regular season, the hype for Johnson continued to build, and when the season ended, he was mentioned as a candidate for multiple head coach openings around the league. Thankfully, Johnson took his hat out of the ring, telling teams that he was sticking around in the Motor City, at least for now.

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T.J. Hockenson says keeping Ben Johnson was ‘Huge’ for Lions

Last week during the Pro Bowl Games in Las Vegas, Hockenson met up with Lions’ quarterback Jared Goff, who was mic’d up during the event. The team posted a nearly 9-minute video on YouTube showing the former teammates hanging out, taking selfies, and warming up together. Included in the video is Hockenson speaking about his time in Detroit in an interaction that included his opinion on Ben Johnson sticking around in the Motor City. Here’s the exact exchange, via SB Nation.

Hockenson: “I love Detroit.”
Goff: “Of course.”
Hockenson: “I got drafted there. That meant a lot to me.”

[editor’s cut]

Hockenson: “Keeping [Lions OC] Ben [Johnson] was huge for you guys.
Goff: “Huge.”
Hockenson: “Dude.”

[editor’s cut]

Hockenson: “He’s a great dude, man. I love him.”

Why it Matters

Not that we needed Hockenson’s opinion to know that it is “huge” that Johnson is sticking around with the Lions, but it is nice to hear that he too realizes how big this is for Detroit moving forward. It will only be a matter of time before Johnson is hired as a head coach, but for now, he is all ours!

Written by W.G. Brady

W.G. Brady is a Detroit-based journalist who has been covering the Detroit sports scene for Detroit Sports Nation for several years. He is in his early 30s and has a wealth of experience in the industry. Throughout his career, W.G. has established himself as a respected and knowledgeable journalist known for his in-depth coverage of the teams and athletes in Detroit. With a keen eye for detail and a passion for sports, W.G. has become a go-to source for fans and readers looking for the latest news and analysis on the Detroit sports scene. He has a good reputation in the sports community and is respected for his unbiased coverage of sports events. W.G. is known for his ability to uncover hidden stories and provide unique perspectives on the teams and athletes he covers. He has a good understanding of the city of Detroit and its sports culture, which he uses to inform his reporting and analysis. He continues to be a respected journalist in the Detroit sports industry.

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