Bobby Johnson enters his fourth NFL season and first with the Lions after spending last year as the Jacksonville Jaguars tight ends coach. He was the assistant offensive line coach for the Buffalo Bills during his first two seasons (2010-11) in the NFL.
Overall, Johnson has 18 years of coaching experience including 15 on the collegiate level.
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 2nd round selection) and James Brewer (New York Giants 2011 4th 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 5th round selection) and Alex Sulfsted (Kansas City Chiefs, 2001 6th 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.
JOHNSON'S COACHING BACKGROUND
Detroit Lions 2013-
• 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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