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Eagles | Fast fact: Best defense in over a decade

Fri, 13 Dec 2013 00:36:42 -0800

The Philadelphia Eagles have held nine straight opponents to 21 points or less for the first time since 2001, when coordinator Jim Johnson's defense went the entire regular season without giving up more than 21 points.

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Eagles | J. Johnson passes away

Tue, 28 Jul 2009 14:53:35 -0700

The Philadelphia Eagles have announced former defensive coordinator Jim Johnson has passed away at the age of 68 after a battle with cancer. KFFL sends its condolences to his family and friends.

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Eagles | Johnson reportedly takes turn for worse

Tue, 28 Jul 2009 13:38:16 -0700

The Delaware County Daily News reports former Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson has taken a turn for the worse in his battle against melanoma, according to sources.

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Eagles | McDermott vows blitzing defense

Mon, 27 Jul 2009 07:07:25 -0700

The Associated Press reports Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Sean McDermott will continue to rely on an aggressive style of defense, such as the one employed by his predecessor, Jim Johnson. McDermott didn't hesitate when asked the most important advice he's received from Johnson. "Blitz, and blitz again," McDermott said.

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Eagles | McDermott officially named defensive coordinator

Fri, 24 Jul 2009 09:01:04 -0700

ESPN.com reports the Philadelphia Eagles have officially named Sean McDermott as their defensive coordinator. He takes over for Jim Johnson, who is on an indefinite leave of absence due to treatment for a cancerous tumor on his spine. McDermott, 35, signed a two-year contract Thursday, July 23. He served as the team's secondary coach last season.

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Eagles | Reid could have more of a role in team's defense

Wed, 20 May 2009 18:31:48 -0700

Bob Brookover, of the Philadelphia Inquirer, reports Philadelphia Ealges head coach Andy Reid could have more of a role in the team's defense with defensive coordinator Jim Johnson sidelined as he deals with cancer, according to former NFL LB Ike Reese. Reese said, "Andy has always trusted Jim with doing it. He had the luxury of trusting Jim's experience. There's nobody coaching the defense now that gives him that luxury. That means Andy is going to have more of a role with the defense. There's automatically more on his plate. To what degree, I don't know. " Secondary coach Sean McDermott is leading the team's defense during offseason workouts.

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Eagles | Johnson leaves for chemotherapy

Mon, 18 May 2009 10:37:03 -0700

Sal Paolantonio, of ESPN.com, reports Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson is taking a leave of absence to begin a second round of chemotherapy to deal with cancer that has confined him to a wheel chair. Johnson won't coach at the upcoming organized team activities. "I told him to take care of himself first, and when he's ready to come back, come back," head coach Andy Reid said. "I'd like to tell you he's great, but he's not. He's struggling right now. I told him, when you feel like it, come back." Secondary coach Sean McDermott will coach the defense in the interim.

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Eagles | Sheppard could play more Sunday

Fri, 16 Jan 2009 12:47:42 -0800

Andy Schwartz, of CSNPhilly.com, reports Philadelphia Eagles CB Lito Sheppard could see more playing time on defense Sunday, Jan. 18, in the NFC Championship Game, according to defensive coordinator Jim Johnson.

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Eagles | Samuel to start team's Wild Card game

Sun, 04 Jan 2009 08:53:35 -0800

ESPN's Sal Paolantonio reports Philadelphia Eagles CB Asante Samuel (hip) will start the team's Wild Card game Sunday, Jan. 4, according to defensive coordinator Jim Johnson.

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Cowboys | Romo, Owens point blame at offensive staff

Mon, 29 Dec 2008 06:07:21 -0800

Tom Orsborn, of the San Antonio News-Express, reports Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo and WR Terrell Owens were critical of the offensive coaching staff, particularly for the game plan installed for Week 17. "They exposed something we do fundamentally offensively," Romo said. "Give (Eagles defensive coordinator) Jim Johnson credit. They did a good job and made it very difficult (for us) at different stages. It's part of the game - it's countering and coming back. … Scheme is a major part of it that the normal fan or writer doesn't understand. If you're put in a really good situation, it really allows your team to be successful a lot. That's why I think some games, it's easy to say, 'Well, he didn't play good.' A lot of it is scheme." Owens added, "I just feel with the weapons on this team, we just need more opportunities. There needs to be some changes in regard to getting some guys involved, putting guys in position to win. It all starts with the guys calling the plays."

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Eagles | Johnson says Brown likely to play nickel

Thu, 08 May 2008 11:36:57 -0700

Larry Weisman, of USA Today, reports Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson said CB Sheldon Brown would likely be the slot cornerback in the team's nickel package if the team does not trade CB Lito Sheppard.

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Eagles | Johnson anticipates a lot of nickel packages

Thu, 08 May 2008 11:31:33 -0700

Larry Weisman, of USA Today, reports Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson said he anticipates the team playing upwards of 60 percent of its defensive plays with three cornerbacks.

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Eagles | Team comments on Bunkley

Tue, 08 Aug 2006 11:52:36 -0700

During his press conference Tuesday, Aug. 8, Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson commented on DT Brodrick Bunkley's workout. "He's a little bit behind, there's no question, he's going to be. We were very vanilla today as far as learning all the stuff because we wanted to make sure he kind of learned the system a little bit today. He hasn't really touched all of the things he needs to learn yet, so it's going to take a little while."

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Eagles | J. Johnson discusses Dawkins

Mon, 15 May 2006 09:42:05 -0700

Bob Brookover, of the Philadelphia Daily News, reports Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Jim Johnson had this to say about Philadelphia Eagles S Brian Dawkins and possibly losing a step: "He looks like a 25-year-old player to me," Johnson said. "I see no difference in the way he plays. I really don't. I know guys slow down, but the way he plays and competes... he just doesn't seem like he slowed down. I don't think about his age. I don't know how old he is now. When I think about it, he looks like a 20-year-old now."

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Eagles | No New Update on McDougle

Tue, 23 Aug 2005 16:42:12 -0700

Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson said he has not heard anything new from DE Jerome McDougle (gun shot wound).

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Eagles | Patterson Drawing Praise

Tue, 23 Aug 2005 16:40:07 -0700

Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson said DT Mike Patterson is on par with the rookie learning curve, and, mentally he could be even a bit advanced. "Like I have said, I think he is everything that we thought he was, except I think that he has picked up this scheme very well, faster than I thought he would. He has not made very many mental mistakes. He's shown he is very quick, aggressive, he has great balance, but so far he has picked up the mental part of it," Johnson said.

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Eagles | Adams and Simoneau Still Battling

Tue, 23 Aug 2005 16:39:33 -0700

Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson said LBs Keith Adams and Mark Simoneau are still competing for the starting weakside position.

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Eagles | Thornburg Impressing

Tue, 23 Aug 2005 16:36:45 -0700

Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson said rookie S Jeremy Thornburg is reminding him of former Eagles S Tim Hauck, who was known for his reckless abandonment on the field. "Last week he was very productive," Johnson said.

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Eagles | Johnson Extension Valuable

Fri, 20 May 2005 05:40:21 -0700

Updating a previous report, the Trenton Times reports the four-year contract extension signed by defensive coordinator Jim Johnson with the Philadelphia Eagles is reportedly valued at a total of $6 million. "I'm very happy to stay with head coach Andy Reid and the Philadelphia Eagles," Johnson said. "I love the city of Philadelphia. We've had a good run and want to keep it going. We're focused on getting back to the Super Bowl and winning it."

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Eagles | Johnson's Defenses Very Productive

Thu, 19 May 2005 21:20:24 -0700

Bob Kent, of PhiladelphiaEagles.com, reports over the last five years, Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson's units ranked first in the league in fewest points allowed (1,241, 15.5 per game), sacks (236), third down defense (33.0 percent) and red zone defense (86 touchdowns in 213 attempts). Furthermore, in that span, the Eagles have ranked eighth in opponent's quarterback rating (73.8), and tied for ninth in takeaways (156). Johnson recently landed a four-year contact extension.

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Eagles | Johnson Gets Four-Year Extension

Thu, 19 May 2005 12:42:32 -0700

The Philadelphia Eagles announced they have signed defensive coordinator Jim Johnson to a four-year contract extension. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Eagles | Just Fine With 31st Ranked Defense

Thu, 23 Sep 2004 22:03:44 -0700

PhiladelphiaEagles.com reports Philadelphia Eagles' defensive coordinator Jim Johnson is not overly concerned with the fact that his defense is currently ranked 31st in the NFL after two weeks. "We're a much quicker team, probably the quickest we've been since I've been here. This is a quick football team," Johnson said. "We're not real big. We know that. But our cornerbacks, linebackers and defensive ends are very quick guys. We try to take advantage of our quickness." The main reasons for Johnson's indifferent attitude is that his unit has forced six fumbles, logged one interception and collected nine sacks in the two games.

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Cardinals | Team Narrows Down Coaching Candidates

Tue, 06 Jan 2004 17:34:18 -0800

Len Pasquarelli, of ESPN.com, reports head coaching candidates for the Arizona Cardinals' vacancy are former Minnesota Vikings head coach Dennis Green, former New York Giants coach Jim Fassel and current NFL defensive coordinators Jim Johnson of the Philadelphia Eagles and Romeo Crennel of the New England Patriots. Cardinals vice president Michael Bidwill indicated Monday, Jan. 5, that the successor to former Cardinals head coach Dave McGinnis will come from that quartet.

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Cardinals | Johnson Interviews

Fri, 02 Jan 2004 08:17:14 -0800

Kent Somers, of the Arizona Republic, reports the Arizona Cardinals interviewed Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson for their vacant head coaching position on Thursday, Jan. 1.

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Eagles | Thomas' Replacement Remains Undecided

Fri, 31 Oct 2003 06:16:35 -0800

Bob Brookover, of the Philadelphia Inquirer, reports Phildelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson said he has yet to decide who will replace injured DL Hollis Thomas (biceps) as the team's extra defensive tackle for Sunday's, Nov. 2, game against the Atlanta Falcons. His choices are rookie DL Sam Rayburn and the recently-acquired DL Jim Flanigan. Flanigan is learning a new system and Rayburn has yet to play in a professional game. Whoever does play will likely get between 20 and 25 plays. "Just run situations, to rest those other tackles," Johnson said.

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Eagles | McDougle Won't Play

Thu, 30 Oct 2003 17:53:38 -0800

Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson said DE Jerome McDougle (ankle) will not make his NFL debut this week, but stands a good chance of playing next week.

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Eagles | Taylor Won't Play

Thu, 30 Oct 2003 17:50:25 -0800

Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson said Eagles CB Bobby Taylor (foot) will not play in Week 9.

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Eagles | Dawkins Needs another Three Weeks

Thu, 23 Oct 2003 13:56:44 -0700

Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson said S Brian Dawkins (foot) may be back in three weeks.

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Eagles | McDougle OUT

Thu, 23 Oct 2003 13:50:49 -0700

Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson said DE Jerome McDougle (ankle) isn't playing this week but might have a shot next week.

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Eagles | Taylor Practices

Fri, 17 Oct 2003 00:06:40 -0700

KFFL has learned Philadelphia Eagles CB Bobby Taylor (foot) practiced Thursday, Oct. 16, and should be able to play Sunday. Defensive coordinator Jim Johnson said it wasn't clear yet whether Taylor could start.

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Eagles | Hood to Dime

Thu, 09 Oct 2003 13:59:21 -0700

Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson said that Eagles DB Roderick Hood is moving back to dime packages.

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Eagles | Brown Back to Nickel

Thu, 09 Oct 2003 13:59:05 -0700

Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson said that Eagles DB Sheldon Brown is moving back to the nickel role.

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Eagles | Sheppard to Start

Thu, 09 Oct 2003 13:58:44 -0700

Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson said that Eagles CB Lito Sheppard will start at corner in Week 6.

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Eagles | No Taylor on Sunday

Thu, 09 Oct 2003 13:55:08 -0700

Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson said that CB Bobby Taylor (foot) will not play Sunday in Dallas. Previously, Eagles head coach Andy Reid had held out hope that Taylor might be able to play.

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Eagles | Tweaking With Defense

Sat, 12 Jul 2003 14:05:23 -0700

Mark Eckel, of the N.J. Trenton Times, reports for the Sporting News that Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson is expected to devise a scheme to improve the team's run defense this season. The team has emphasized speed over size so it will be up to Johnson to compensate for the lack of size on defense.

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Eagles | Bishop Probably Out

Thu, 12 Dec 2002 14:14:52 -0800

Updating previous reports, Philadelphia Eagles Defensive Coordinator Jim Johnson said he doesn't think S Blaine Bishop (groin) will be able to play this weekend. The team will take a look at how he is on Friday and take it from there. Rookie Michael Lewis will once again get the start if Bishop can't go.

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Eagles | Lewis Sees Time with First-string "D"

Thu, 31 Oct 2002 13:34:54 -0800

PhiladelphiaEagles.com reports Philadelphia Eagles rookie S Michael Lewis took the first-team reps in practice on Wednesday because S Brian Dawkins (neck) sat out. Defensive coordinator Jim Johnson said Lewis looked good and they're confident he could contribute if Dawkins is unable to play.

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Eagles | Kalu Adjustment Not Always Smooth

Wed, 12 Jun 2002 18:48:30 -0700

Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson said Wednesday DE/LB N.D. Kalu is experiencing good and bad days in his transition from DE to LB. Johnson acknowledged the adjustment is not easy and that he is confident in Kalu. He also said Kalu will work at both positions during the season.

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Eagles | More On Vincent

Sun, 20 Jan 2002 08:14:18 -0800

Updating last night's story, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports the Philadelphia Eagles are concerned about CB Troy Vincent's (groin) injury. "I'm just taking it one day at a time," Vincent said. "I don't know how it will feel tomorrow." "We're worried about Troy, sure," defensive coordinator Jim Johnson said. "Troy is a very good corner. That would be a big deal." CB Al Harris replaced Vincent and will start next week if Vincent can't go.

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Chargers | The Search for a New Coach

Tue, 08 Jan 2002 12:54:41 -0800

The North County Times reports the following names are seemingly off San Diego Chargers GM John Butler's want list for a new head coach of the team: Wade Phillips, June Jones, Marv Levy, Jimmy Johnson and Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson. Phillips, who Butler hired as a head coach in Buffalo, was once considered a viable candidate but those close to the Chargers say while Butler admires Phillips, he's not going to be selected.

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