Bobby Johnson
Assistant Offensive Line


After working with the team’s tight ends in 2013, Bobby Johnson enters his second season with the Lions, this time as assistant offensive line coach. This season marks Johnson’s fifth season coaching in the NFL. Overall, Johnson has 19 years of coaching experience, including 15 at the collegiate level.

LIONS COACHING HIGHLIGHTS: Johnson brought a rejuvenated approach to the Lions tight end corps in 2013 as his instruction allowed for the creation of one of the NFL’s top tight end duos in Brandon Pettigrew and undrafted rookie Joseph Fauria.

  • Pettigrew (2) and Fauria (7) combined for nine of QB Matthew Stafford’s 29 touchdown passes (31.0-percent) in 2013.
  • Pettigrew continued to move up the ranks on the Lions all-time records list for tight ends as he currently ranks fourth in receiving yards (2,828), third in receptions (284) and fourth in touchdowns (16).
  • With seven touchdown receptions in 2013, Fauria set a franchise record for touchdown receptions by a rookie tight end and he finished tied for sixth in the NFL among all tight ends. He became the fourth tight end in team history to record seven touchdowns in a season and the first Lions rookie since WR Roy Williams (8 in 2004) to catch seven in a season.
  • Fauria’s three-touchdown performance at Cleveland in Week 6 (10/13) also earned him a place atop the Lions record book, including single-game touchdown receptions by a tight end and single-game touchdown receptions by a rookie.
  • With seven touchdowns on 18 receptions, Fauria had the highest touchdown per reception ratio of any player in the NFL (38.9-percent). His seven touchdowns were tied for second among all rookie players behind San Diego WR Keenan Allen’s eight.

Before coming to Detroit, Johnson served as the Jacksonville Jaguars tight ends coach in 2012 and the assistant offensive line coach for the Buffalo Bills from 2010-11. 

From 2005-09, Johnson was the offensive line coach at Indiana University where he developed two current NFL linemen in Rodger Saffold (St. Louis Rams 2010 second-round selection) and James Brewer (New York Giants 2011 fourth-round selection).

Prior to his stint at Indiana, Johnson was an assistant coach at Miami (Ohio), his alma mater, from 1999-2004 including his final season as offensive line coach. He served as tight ends coach from 1999-2003. During his five-year tenure, the Red Hawks were 36-5 when outrushing the opponent.

At Miami, Johnson worked with eventual NFL draft picks Jacob Bell (Tennessee Titans 2004 fifth-round selection) and Alex Sulfsted (Kansas City Chiefs, 2001 sixth-round selection) along with free-agent signees Matt Brandt (Detroit Lions, 2004) and Ben Herrell (Carolina Panthers, 2004).

Johnson spent four years at the University of Akron, two as a graduate assistant (1995-96) and two as the Zips’ defensive line coach (1997-98).

Johnson played offensive tackle at Miami (Ohio) and graduated with a degree in health appraisal and sport organization. During his playing career, Johnson was a three-year starter on the offensive line from 1992-94. A native of Akron, he was a standout lineman at Akron Hoban High School where he also lettered in track and field. He and his wife, Kristen, have two daughters, Madilyn (15) and Olivia (12). He was born February 28, 1973.


Detroit Lions 2013-present

  • Assistant Offensive Line 2014-present
  • Tight Ends 2013

Jacksonville Jaguars 2012

  • Tight Ends 2012

Buffalo Bills 2010-11

  • Assitant Offensive Line 2010-11

Indiana University 2005-09

  • Offensive Line 2005-09

Miami (Ohio) University 1999-2004

  • Offensive Line 2004
  • Tight Ends 1999-2003

University of Akron 1995-98

  • Defensive Line 1997-98
  • Graduate Assistant 1995-96

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