Eagles Defensive Coordinator To Take A Leave Of Absence

As Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson continues his battle with cancer, ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio reports that Johnson will be taking a leave of absence.
Johnson, who suffers from melanoma, is starting a new round of chemotherapy.
He’ll miss the start of the team’s so-called “Organized Team Activities,” which open May 20.
“I told him to take care of himself first, and when he’s ready to come back, come back.” coach Andy Reid told Paolantonio on Monday.  “I’d like to tell you he’s great, but he’s not.  He’s struggling right now.  I told him, when you feel like it, come back.”
Secondary coach Sean McDermott will replace Johnson, who turns 68 next Tuesday, during his absence.
Earlier this month, Johnson said that he does not plan to retire:  “It’s part of my life.  It keeps me going.  I don’t feel any different coaching.  I’m coaching the same way.”
We wish Coach Johnson the best as he continues his fight.

37 responses to “Eagles Defensive Coordinator To Take A Leave Of Absence

  1. Hope he gets well soon.
    It wouldn’t feel right watching a Birds game on TV and not hearing the announcers mention his “exotic blitz packages” at least once per half.

  2. He started to feel better when t.o. and plexico left. He felt almost 100% better when he relized Romo, Eli, and Cambell are still in the division.

  3. A sad day for the Eagles. Might be time for him to focus more on his health than worry about designing defenses. Spending 18 hour days watching film and breaking down O’s cannot be good for one that is in good shape.
    My best wishes to him.

  4. I have the utmost respect for Mr. Johnson, and wish him a full and speedy recovery!
    (coming from a Giants fan)

  5. First and foremost, I hope he can regain good health. That’s obviously the most important thing. Secondly, I hope the Eagles have the right people in position to carry the defense on the sidelines while he’s doing what he needs to do. Just taking a guess, but JJ seems like he would worry himself too much if they don’t. He’s been a great “team player” for a lot of years. Without a doubt he could have landed a head coaching job somewhere after the Eagles 04 season, but I don’t think he wanted to leave. Great coach, better man.

  6. Hope he kicks cancer’s ass the way he’s been kicking offense’s asses for year …..

  7. 950 ESPN Radio in Philadelphia is reporting that he is currently wheelchair bound.
    I hope he gets through this.

  8. Best wishes to Jim Johnson…but didn’t anyone feel a little weird reading Andy Reid’s quote “Take some time to take care of yourself then when you are ready come back.” Hey Andy, why not take some of your own advice, take some time off, and clean up that drug emporium of a house you are running for your two delinquent children who are in and out of jail as often as Daryl Strawberry..

  9. Yes, SBL. Best wishes for JJ in a very tough fight. Not too many people beat back melanoma when it recurs.
    The Eagles are going to have to prepare for the possibility that JJ’s health will prevent him from serving as a FT DC going forward. He may be more able to act as a consultant than a DC in 2009. So it’s time to look for his eventual successor, though I’m sure the FO is on it. Sounds cold, but it’s reality.

  10. Good Luck JJ!! We’ll all be praying for you and can’t will until you get back!

  11. This is not just a sad day for Eagles fans, it’s a sad day for the NFL as a whole. As an Eagles fan, I would love for JJ to stay, but as a human, I want him to get better. Take all the time you need JJ, my prayers are with you and your family.

  12. Get Well soon, You are in our thoughts and prayers. Time to take care of you .

  13. A couple comments… first, SBL… having a focus outside the illness is said to be as powerful as a cure in some cases, and an excellent accompaniment in all others.
    God speed Jim and stick with what you are damn good at… being a Vikes fan I hated the way your “D” dismantled my team last post-season, but I love the sport and have enormous respect for your talent and much admiration for the quality of your product for several years now. A true fine example of how to live your life.

  14. Buttered Izel Jenkins….love the name.
    Ditto that.
    And, most importantly, I hope Mr. Johnson receovers well. He is a fine caoch, and we Eagles fans have been lucky to have him for so many years.

  15. coach johnson is truly one of the good guys in coaching. he interviewed me for 5 hours a few years ago but before i came over he did tell me he already had someone in mind. as i left the interview he said if he ever got a head job he would call me. a few years later he was in line for a head job and did call me. a man of his word. no ego here. wish him the very best as he battles his health problems. (a former rival coach )

  16. Nice comments CFioren317.
    I wonder what kind of skeletons are in your closet. It must be nice to be perfect. Don’t you think the guy is doing the best he can? We all play many roles in our lives… sometimes we succeed, sometimes we fail.
    As long as we don’t give up.

  17. Sad days in Philly. First Harry, now this. Hope everything goes well for Coach Johnson, if someone can beat it, it will be him.

  18. “Say something Vox you scumbag. I dare you ”
    OK. If he were coaching the Cowboys, you’d be laughing right now.

  19. “as i left the interview he said if he ever got a head job he would call me.”
    Interesting comment.

  20. “He started to feel better when t.o. and plexico left. He felt almost 100% better when he relized Romo, Eli, and Cambell are still in the division. ”
    Nice. He was 2-4 against those QBs last year, 4-8 over the past two years. Hopefully he fares better against cancer.

  21. “Nice. He was 2-4 against those QBs last year, 4-8 over the past two years. Hopefully he fares better against cancer.”
    Vox…you really are an asshole for making comments like these. I could say something like 44-6, but as a lifelong Eagles fan, I think it’s more important to send my thoughts and prayers out to Jimmy Johnson, as I did for the injured Cowboys coaches when the accident occurred. As much as I despise the Cowgirls…the thought of ANYONE being in a wheelchair or losing their life to cancer takes priority over any team loyalties.
    Grow up, you douchebag.

  22. More importantly, he was 14-6 versus the Cowboys in the last decade. Small sample size makes Vox a dull boy. ROBBLE ROBBLE

  23. “Nice comments CFioren317.
    I wonder what kind of skeletons are in your closet. It must be nice to be perfect. Don’t you think the guy is doing the best he can? We all play many roles in our lives… sometimes we succeed, sometimes we fail.
    As long as we don’t give up. ”
    I disagree. I don’t think Andy Reid has been doing the best he can. The best he can would be to have taken more than a token month off. The fact that he is the head coach of an NFL team means he works 18-20 hours a day and practically lives at the NoveCare center. This means he is not at home to discipline his kids, both of whom are so strung out on drugs that a judge, NOT ME, told him that his home was a virtual Drug Emporium.
    Maybe that judge has skeletons in his closet and thinks he is perfect too?? Take off the green glasses for one minute to look at the real world and realize that Andy Reid, no matter what anyone may think, puts the Eagles ahead of his family. Actions speak louder than words and his actions prove this.

  24. “Vox…you really are an asshole for making comments like these.”
    Hey, it wasn’t me that brought Jim Johnson’s supposed feelings about Romo, Manning and Campbell into the discussion.
    “I could say something like 44-6”
    You could, but it would be pretty pathetic and indicative that you have to scratch and scrape for small victories because of the lack of big victories that the Eagirls have.
    “More importantly, he was 14-6 versus the Cowboys in the last decade. Small sample size makes Vox a dull boy.”
    Here’s a bigger sample size for you. The Cowboys are 53-43 against the Eagirls, all time. No need for a convenient window of time. Now go wash the TV or whatever it is that lowbrow Philly dullards do for fun.

  25. “This means he is not at home to discipline his kids, both of whom are so strung out on drugs that a judge, NOT ME, told him that his home was a virtual Drug Emporium.”
    Reid’s kids are a bit too old to be disciplined by dear old dad. They’ve had enough bad guidance anyway. Maybe Wade Phillips could set them right. His daughter Tracy is an actress/choreographer/dancer and his son Wes is an assistant coach with the Cowboys. Or hey, Barry Switzer raised a fine family. Won a Super Bowl, too. And three college National Championships. One of only two guys to have won a championship at both levels (Jimmy Johnson is the other guy).

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