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Lions OC Ben Johnson’s explanation for staying with team goes viral

Ben Johnson at a press conference

Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson talks with reporters before training camp on Wednesday, July 26, 2023, in Allen Park. Photo Credit: Kirthmon F. Dozier / USA TODAY NETWORK

Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson was at one point viewed as the hottest head coach candidate in the NFL, but he decided to remain at his current job for at least another season. And he is happy to explain why.

Johnson was asked on Thursday about turning down head coach opportunities earlier this offseason. He mentioned how there were eight head coach vacancies and estimated that as many as five of the coaches who took those jobs will be fired within three years. The 38-year-old also said he loves his current job.

Fans appreciated Johnson’s honesty, and his response went viral.

“When I look at it from that perspective, if I get the opportunity to go down that road, it’s about how do I get to that second contract. How do I set myself up that the stars need to align. I’m not gonna do it just to do it,” Johnson said. “I love what I’m doing right now, love it. I love where I’m at. My family loves where we’re at. I love the people that we’re doing it with, so I’m not willing to go down the other path yet unless I feel really good about how it’s gonna unfold.”

Johnson also mentioned how he experienced winning in the playoffs for the first time last season. He said he wants to “experience the sunshine a little longer” rather than trying to rebuild a team.

Johnson was viewed as a lock to become the next head coach of the Washington Commanders a few months back, but that talk was premature. There have been a number of different theories about why he did not end up with the job.

Ultimately, Johnson knows that he will likely have opportunities to become a head coach next year and the year after that, as long as Detroit’s offense doesn’t suddenly become a disaster. Johnson is at a point in his career where he has the luxury of being able to wait.


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