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D-line coach replacement candidate?

Posted by Chris Brown on January 21, 2009 – 2:59 pm

After doing some digging I haven’t found too many defensive line or assistant defensive line coaches currently working in the league with connections to members of Buffalo’s staff. One that I did find was Oakland defensive tackles coach Don Johnson.

Johnson worked with Bills defensive coordinator Perry Fewell in Chicago in 2005, where he coached the defensive line with great success. Tommie Harris made the Pro Bowl (2005) during Johnson’s time with the Bears and then rookie Mark Anderson had 12 sacks, while Adewale Ogunleye had 10 (2006).

Johnson is also a New Jersey native, so coming back east closer to his roots could also be a positive.

I’m not saying I know he’s a candidate for the job, but in light of the unstable coaching situation in Oakland, the fact that a defensive line job would be a step up from his current position and that he’d be working under a coordinator with whom he’s worked before, it’s not unreasonable to think he’d at least be a candidate to replace Bill Kollar.

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