The 2022 NFL regular season was extremely successful for the Detroit Lions despite not making the playoffs.
Their offense was the fifth-highest scoring in the league and was just one game short of making the playoffs, which exceeded all preseason expectations that were placed on them.
A big reason for their success was due to offensive coordinator, Ben Johnson.
Although Johnson has taken interviews with teams across the league, he made an important decision last night.
#Lions OC Ben Johnson informed interested teams he’s staying in Detroit, per sources.
Johnson was slated to travel Wednesday to interview with the #Panthers. But he feels Detroit is building something special and wants to see it through. Should be a hot HC name again next year. pic.twitter.com/vUNLyKFtLf
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 18, 2023
Although Johnson didn’t accept a head coaching job this season, if the Lions continue to succeed and grow, he will likely receive more interviews after the 2023 season.
The Lions have been one of the NFL’s worst teams for the past several years, but their recent success indicates that they are on a strong trajectory moving forward.
It’s no wonder that Johnson wants to stick around, joining head coach Dan Campbell on this journey of growth and change for the Lions’ organization.
The Lions will enter 2023 with young weapons such as De’Andre Swift, Amon Ra St. Brown, and many others.
Along with their existing core of talent, the Lions will have a great opportunity to grow their roster on both sides of the ball through the 2023 NFL Draft.
Because they traded Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams, the Lions will not only pick sixth overall but also hold their first-rounder, which will be 18th overall.
This upcoming draft class is loaded with talent, and the first round should include players that will impact NFL franchises for years to come.