The success of the Detroit Lions was one of the most unexpected storylines from the 2022 NFL season.
As a result of their success, their offensive coordinator, Ben Johnson, has been a hot commodity around the league just four days after the Lions’ season ended.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 12, 2023
Johnson has an interview with the Houston Texans today, and will also be interviewed by the Indianapolis Colts tomorrow, and the Carolina Panthers next week.
The Lions offense averaged 26.6 points per game, which was fifth-best in the league.
Keep in mind, this number trailed just the Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, and Philadelphia Eagles, all of which are playoff teams.
In an unfortunate tie-breaking situation, the Lions didn’t make the playoffs this season, but because they did so much better than expected, Johnson is getting looks at a head coaching position.
Johnson is only 36 years old, and, should he accept a head coaching job, could lead a franchise for the foreseeable future.
If Johnson moves to a new franchise, that team can expect an offensive-minded team, considering that in his ten years in the league, he has coached quarterbacks, tight ends, and wide receivers, along with the entire offense for the Lions.
However, with the culture that the Lions have built up over the last two seasons with Dan Campbell as their head coach, it’s very plausible that Johnson stays put, and helps lead the Lions to a playoff berth in 2023.
Their offense is potent, and, although their defense could use a fair amount of work, the Lions have the tools to contend for the NFC North next season.