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Eagles lose great def. coordinator.

Discussion in 'All Other Team Discussions' started by Packerlifer, Jul 31, 2009.

  1. Packerlifer

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    The death from cancer Wed. of Philadelphia's longtime def. coordinator Jim Johnson hasn't gotten a lot of attention outside of Eagles fans and avid pro football watchers. But Johnson was, arguabley, the shrewdest and best dc in the league over the past decade.
    Philly defenses run by Johnson for the past 11 years were perennielly among the top units in the league despite extensive personnel turnover.
    Packers fans should be particularly impressed with Jim Johnson. His defenses repeatedly shut down and beat the best of the high powered offenses Green Bay was able to bring into matchups with the Eagles in recent years.
    Johnson's defense stuffed the Green & Gold in the '03 playoff at Philadelphia & made the interception in the ot that led to the EAgles win. Brett Favre said afterward that the Eagles were in a perfect defense against the play the Packers ran on that pickoff intended for Javon Walker.
    In 6 meetings with Johnson's defenses the usually high powered Packers never broke 17 pts. in any of them and lost 4.
    When they lost to the Giants in the 2007 NFC Championship they were playing against a defense run by a Johnson assistant and disciple Steve Spagnuolo.
    Johnson deserves credit for denying New England a perfect championship season two years ago. The Patriots were rolling over every one when they marched, unbeaten, into Philly. Johnson that day showed the rest of the league that the Pats were mortal and how to win against them. Although the Eagles fell short of the win that day the Pats were never the same afterward and were finally taken down by Johnson's old protege Spagnuolo with the Giants in the Super Bowl.
    If Andy Reid had been promoted to succeed Mike Holmgren as hc of the Packers in 1999 Johnson would probably have been coordinating our defenses in Green Bay all these years instead.
     
  2. robdog

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    Yeah this was a sad day for the NFL. He was a great coach and will be missed greatly by the Eagles organization.

    I just wonder who is going to step up and EFFECTIVELY fill his shoes.
     
  3. Packerlifer

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    Sean McDermott, the Eagles secondary coach and a guy mentioned last winter as a possible new Packers dc, will take over as coordinator.
    I believe McDermott was a candidate for a couple of other dc or hc positions this offseason as well.
    McDermott has worked under Johnson in Philly for 12 yrs. so knows the system well. If you look at how well Johnson assistants Steve Spagnuolo as dc with the Giants and John Harbaugh as hc of the Ravens have done, the defensive side should still be very good in the city of brothrly love.
     

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