After spending 13 seasons coaching various defensive positions with the New England Patriots, he spent last season serving as the Buffalo Bills defensive line coach. Johnson has ties with the Giants organization, he played linebacker for them from 1986-92 and won two Super Bowls with the team.
"I would have to calm down my emotions, but I would love that opportunity," Johnson said regarding a potential return to the Giants.
Although no date has been set, an interview will take place next week (Schwartz, Jan. 10).
An interesting choice. He's got that "get after people" mentality the Giants need on defense. I don't know about you, but I've grown tired of watching the the Giants' defense backpedal and make tackles way after the fact, or not at all. They need to get back to a plan predicated on pressure and run-stopping.
As a player and a coach, Johnson has been a proponent of the defense owning the box, something the Giants have not done in years because they haven't have the talent at LB to get it done.
Hiring Johnson would likely mean bringing in LBs that can carry out his plan. He will immediately find the best way to use Devon Kennard, a multi-talented player that can play all three LB positions plus rush the passer.
As for the others, nothing is cast in stone. They will surely bring back Jameel McClain but will have to examine if Jon Beason and Jacquian Williams are health risks going forward. Williams is a free agent and Beason appears to be a tad overpaid.