You no longer need to be under Ben Johnson’s watch.
According to a report by Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, the Detroit Lions offensive coordinator canceled his in-person interview with the Carolina Panthers this week and informed all interested teams that he would return to Detroit for 2023.
“Johnson was supposed to travel on Wednesday to interview the #Panthers. But he feels Detroit is building something special and wants to see it through,” Pelissero tweeted Tuesday night. “Should be a hot name in HC again next year. “
It’s a massive win for the Lions, who have been praising Ben Johnson all year, as the team orchestrated the league’s fifth-highest offense in 2022.
“I have to be careful how much I keep pumping it, but no, just kidding,” quarterback Jared Goff, who is enjoying a career renaissance this season, said of Johnson. “He’s great. He’s unique in his own way. I think the best thing about him is his communication and the way he listens, and the way he takes our feedback and constantly communicates and keeps us all on the same wave length.
Lions coach Dan Campbell has praised Johnson all year, often calling him a “rockstar.” But he said that if the offers came to him, he wouldn’t object.
“I think a ton of Ben. I think he’s – I just think he’s extremely brilliant,” Campbell said. “He’s creative, he’s organized, he’s a great communicator. I mean he has it, and I’ll do anything I can to help him. This is the bottom line. Of course, I don’t want to lose him, but I’m not going to hold him back either. I would help him in any way possible.
Luckily for Campbell, it looks like he won’t lose it…this year.