Jim Johnson, the architect of the Philadelphia Eagles blitzing defense for over a decade lost his battle with cancer today. He was 68.
Widely regarded as one of the best defensive coordinators in the NFL, Johnson was known as being a master architect of blitzes, disguising them skillfully and keeping offenses constantly off-balance. On July 24, 2009, Johnson took an indefinite leave of absence as defensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles to battle melanoma.
On Saturday, the Eagles removed the interim tag from Sean McDermott’s title, making him the Bird’s full-time coordinator.
In ten seasons, ten of Johnson’s defenders went to 26 Pro Bowls.