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Detroit Lions tight-ends coach Ben Johnson has been promoted to offensive coordinator, a source told ESPN Monday that confirms a report from the NFL Network.
His promotion comes after Lions head coach Dan Campbell officially opened the search in Mobile, Alabama, during the week of the Senior Bowl, where he conducted interviews.
Johnson was elevated to the offensive coordinating role for Saturday’s Senior Bowl, where he coached the U.S. team alongside Lions assistant head coach and running back coach Duce Staley, who served as head coach for the match.
“I’ve known Dan for a long time, so I think it definitely helps to have that level of comfort. He sees the game (and) I see the game very similarly,” Johnson said at last Thursday’s practice ahead of the Senior Bowl. “So I think he felt comfortable just having me interact with a few different position groups, and that was good from that point of view, just tying that pass game together and also knowing what our players brought to the table. . “
Johnson sat down for a long time with Campbell on a few different occasions in Mobile.
Johnson originally joined the organization in 2019 as an offensive quality control coach before being promoted to tight-ends coach in 2020.
Johnson took on a larger role in directing the Detroit attack in the 2021 season, when Campbell relinquished Anthony Lynn’s duties to call him after the bye week. Campbell confirmed after the regular season finale that Lynn would not return as offensive coordinator.
Last week, Campbell had not decided whether he would continue to call plays or not, and said last Tuesday from Mobile: “I’m still thinking through it a bit.”