Pepper Johnson will serve as defensive coordinator of XFL’s L.A. franchise

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Long-time NFL linebacker and assistant coach Pepper Johnson has landed in the XFL.

The league announced Friday that Johnson will serve as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach of the XFL’s L.A. franchise. Johnson will work for head coach Winston Moss, who was recently named head coach of the L.A. team.

Johnson spent more than a decade in the NFL as a player, with the Giants, Browns, Lions, and Jets. He won a pair of Super Bowls with the Giants.

He became an assistant coach in 2000, a member of Bill Belichick’s first staff in New England. Johnson stayed with the Patriots for 14 seasons, securing three more Super Bowl rings. He then joined the Bills for a season, and then worked two for the Jets. Fired after the 2016 season, Johnson was out of football until joining former Memphis Express coach Mike Singletary’s staff, in the AAF.

4 responses to “Pepper Johnson will serve as defensive coordinator of XFL’s L.A. franchise

  1. Bout time someone gave him a shot at a DC gig ! He was fantastic as an LB coach and I always thought he left the Pats because they didn’t give him a chance at DC.

  2. harrisonhits2 says:
    June 1, 2019 at 3:42 pm
    Bout time someone gave him a shot at a DC gig ! He was fantastic as an LB coach and I always thought he left the Pats because they didn’t give him a chance at DC.
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    Looks like he’s doing a great job of running the scout offense in that pic. I hear all the best coaches run the scout team.

  3. What? Another pro sports team in L-A-L-A-Land? The XFL is probably more appropriate than the LA Chargers seeing as LA has a rodent, typhus and tuberqulosis break out. The streets are loaded with homelessness which is ironic as the LA Chargers are “homeless” as well. With all the crime and bad news about LA lately, I wonder what Spanos is thinking about his disastrous “relocation” to LA?

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