Jim Johnson on Leave

Jim Johnson, (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Jim Johnson, (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

PhilaTude wishes Eagles defensive coordinator, Jim Johnson, all the best during his treatment for cancer.  It is amazing how hard Johnson has worked throughout his battle with the disease.  He continued to coach and prepare for the upcoming season all while struggling with cancer.  It is unbelievable how determined and strong he has been trying to keep his life normal.  I am not going to criticize his decision to keep working, but I am not sure how many other people in his position would do the same thing.  It’s amazing and it shows tremendous dedication.

With Johnson out, this gives the Eagles a chance to see how an up and coming coach, Sean McDermott, can handle the responsibilities of a coordinator.  McDermott has been with the Eagles defense and knows many of the players.  He will continue to ensure the defensive players know the Jim Johnson defense.  In the long term, not having Johnson around could affect the guys that have been with the team for a while.  They have relied on his wisdom and expertise related to defense.  However, as a defensive unit, I predict that Johnson’s absence will be negligible on the overall production.

Best wishes and a speedy recovery to Jim Johnson.

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