Pepper Johnson out as L.A.’s defensive coordinator after one XFL game

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The Los Angeles Wildcats didn’t get the start to the season they were hoping for over the weekend and one of the XFL team’s coaches has lost his job in the wake of their 37-17 loss to the Houston Roughnecks.

The Wildcats announced that they have fired defensive coordinator Pepper Johnson. There’s no word on a replacement at this point.

“We recognize that there are issues we need to address for the 2020 season,” head coach Winston Moss said in a statement. “While these decisions are difficult, we have given this significant thought. We are here to put the best possible product on the field for our fans. We thank Pepper for his contributions to the Wildcats and we are looking forward to our home opener this weekend.

Johnson’s previous gig was with the Memphis Express of the Alliance of American Football, so he has some experience with abrupt endings to spring football pursuits. Johnson also has more than 15 years experience as an NFL assistant coach with New England, Buffalo and the Jets.

10 responses to “Pepper Johnson out as L.A.’s defensive coordinator after one XFL game

  1. “we have given this significant thought”.

    Seriously, less than 48 hours is enough time to give something like this significant thought? While I understand disappointment, letting someone, who planned and installed the entire defense throughout the preseason, go after only 1 game doesn’t make sense. I could easily see this being the end of the Wildcats’ season, which should bring a quick end to Moss’ tenure as HC.

  2. After one game? Yikes. And 17 points isn’t exactly a great outing so does that mean the OC is now on thin ice going into Week 2?

  3. Lol this whole league is a joke, USFL was the only league who stood a chance, but they thought they could rival NFL and that’s what happens to you.

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