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07-28-2009, 05:19 PM
Jim Johnson passes
Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on July 28, 2009 5:58 PM ET
The Philadelphia Eagles announced Tuesday evening that longtime defensive coordinator Jim Johnson has passed away at the age of 68 after a battle with cancer.

Johnson was hired as the Eagles defensive coordinator in 1999, and consistently led one of the most productive, aggressive, and inventive defenses during his ten-year tenure with the team.

The Eagles announced three days ago that that Sean McDermott would take over as defensive coordinator and it was reportedly that Johnson's bout with cancer had taken a turn for the worse.

Johnson spent 22 years as an NFL assistant, and will be remembered as one of the truly great assistants of his era.

Johnson is survived by his wife, Vicky, two children, Scott and Michelle, and four grandchildren, Katie, Justin, Brandon, and Jax.

PFT sends its thoughts and condolences to the Johnson family.


07-28-2009, 05:21 PM
Very sad to hear. Hope and pray his family is supported by a lot of friends and love.

07-28-2009, 05:29 PM
Very...very sad news.

07-28-2009, 05:30 PM
RIP, Coach.

07-28-2009, 05:32 PM
i saw that run across the bottom of the espn thing thru all the favre not coming back crap.

may he rest in peace.

07-28-2009, 05:44 PM
RIP Jim Johnson, you were an excellent DC!

tony hipchest
07-28-2009, 06:16 PM
and to think he was coaching the eagles defense on a playoff run less than 7 months ago.

sean mcdermott said some very touching things about the coach when he was handed the reigns a few days ago.

in retrospect it kinda tipped off how dire his situation had become (his was skin cancer) but i think to the public this is really out of the blue.

condolences to his family, team and all the eagle fans.

i know how we all would feel if it were dick lebeau. johnson was on that level and absolutely destroyed the steelers last year.

07-28-2009, 06:24 PM
Sad day. He was unquestionably one of the best at his job. R.I.P. JJ.

steel striker
07-28-2009, 06:36 PM
Sad day for sure and, he will be missed RIP.

07-28-2009, 06:52 PM
RIP Jim Johnson.

El-Gonzo Jackson
07-28-2009, 09:09 PM
Yeah, sad news and a guy that is as beloved a DC as Dick LeBeau here or Monte Kiffin in Tampa.

07-28-2009, 10:14 PM
R.I.P Coach

07-28-2009, 10:16 PM
A Defensive Mastermind. The Eagles will miss him greatly.

07-28-2009, 11:30 PM
This is terrible news, millions of times more significant than this "Brett Favre is officially retired" crap. What a sad day, I think any football fan should be upset.

07-28-2009, 11:51 PM
RIP one of the best DC in the game!

07-29-2009, 09:12 AM
Always had admiratuion for how his defenses played attacking style.

Ironic in a sense ...If it wasnt for his defense putting a whooping on us last year in game 3, we may have never made any adjustments on offense and won our 6th title.


07-29-2009, 06:15 PM

07-29-2009, 10:08 PM
How truly sad. Jim Johnson is a legend, was one of the best DC's in the business and so loved throughout the NFL.

Prayers out to his family. :tombstone: Coach Jim.

Galax Steeler
07-30-2009, 04:02 AM
R.I.P. Jim Johnson