Report: Ben Johnson returns to Lions with new contract, large raise

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Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson was a popular name in head coaching searches this month, but Johnson won’t be taking any of the openings around the league.

Johnson interviewed with the Texans and Colts before deciding to withdraw from other interviews so he could return to the Lions. His return reportedly came with a new deal.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Johnson is returning to Detroit with an enhanced contract and a large raise.

Johnson guided the Lions to the fifth-most points and fourth-most offensive yards in his first season as a coordinator. If he’s able to replicate that performance in 2023, he’ll be a hot name on the head coaching market again but Thursday’s news that the Bucs fired Byron Leftwich is a reminder that fortunes can change quickly for NFL assistants.

18 responses to “Report: Ben Johnson returns to Lions with new contract, large raise

  1. Smart move. Every opening this year is a dumpster fire. Broncos, Panthers, Cardinals, Texans. No thank you. Dysfunctional.

  2. This organization has been operating with a level of competency the past two years that no one alive has ever seen. It’s sooooo refreshing.

  3. austinspencer says:

    Smart move. Every opening this year is a dumpster fire. Broncos, Panthers, Cardinals, Texans. No thank you. Dysfunctional.
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    That’s pretty much the case of every head coaching opening everywhere, hence why the team fired its previous head coach.

  4. Sweet Deal for Ben Johnson. He’s had uncommon success at a franchise that has had more bad seasons than good, he’ll have continuity with an offense that will more than likely improve from last season, and he gets a nice raise without having to move across country to new surroundings. The NFC North should be much more competitive next season with the apparent rise of the Lions, and as a Packer fan I kind of wince at that – but as a pro football fan in general, it will be interesting to watch.

  5. Not as dysfunctional as the Raiders. The Lions had a great end to their season, so great they missed the playoffs.

    They won’t have the same luck next season though.

  6. austinspencer says:
    January 19, 2023 at 10:35 am

    Smart move. Every opening this year is a dumpster fire. Broncos, Panthers, Cardinals, Texans. No thank you. Dysfunctional.

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    What!? And the Lions aren’t a dumpster fire after 67 years of failure. What are you smoking? They’re ALL equally in the dumpster fire category, only the LIONS have been there the longest!

  7. As a Detroiter, I love the alternate universe we are living in where remaining a well paid OC with the Detroit Lions is more desirable than becoming a head coach for a dysfunctional team with dicey prospects for the immediate future. If the Lions keep rocking and rolling this next season, it is a win for the team and for Ben Johnson.

  8. Since when did Detroit become the epicenter of a great organization. Their organization is just as dysfunctional as any NFL team in history. They are just a liable to win one game next year and get the top draft pic as any other poorly run organization. Their head coaches tough guy schtick has a shelf life of about three years. Prepare accordingly.

  9. floridapackfan says:
    January 19, 2023 at 12:09 pm
    Since when did Detroit become the epicenter of a great organization. Their organization is just as dysfunctional as any NFL team in history. They are just a liable to win one game next year and get the top draft pic as any other poorly run organization. Their head coaches tough guy schtick has a shelf life of about three years. Prepare accordingly.
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    That’s not gonna age well. Keep hope alive dude. You’re living in a world that has passed you and your team by. Hahahahahahahaha!

  10. So much haterade in the comments. Surest sign of Detroit’s increased threat in the NFCN.

  11. NOPE! Big difference between hate and correcting stupid comments that have no reason to be made at this point. The Lions have a long way to go and a lot to prove after decades of disappointment and embarrassment. There is a certain element on here that needs to be corrected on a DAILY basis.

  12. The Lions don’t have anyone hating on them. There are people on here that live in fantasy land and claim the Lions are something or are going to be something that remains unproven.

  13. w0lvy says:
    January 19, 2023 at 3:15 pm

    Lions 2-0 vs. Packers, 5-1 Division. ‘Nuff said.

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    Those are meaningless genius.

    Lions didn’t win the division, didn’t make the playoffs….you shouldn’t be saying anything.

    We will see what they do in 2023, I’m rooting for them. You’re projecting for team that historically has a terrible track record. Just be patient.

  14. No one believes the Lions are going to OWN the NFCN. Fantasy pipe dreams are fun though. They might have one or two fluke years, but the Lions (nor the Vikings) aren’t the kind of leading franchises the Packers and Bears will always be.

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