Lions OC Ben Johnson Says Official Pitched Him Play in Scrimmage: ‘It’s a Good Idea’


Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson addresses the media before an NFL football practice, Wednesday, July 26, 2023, in Allen Park, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

AP Photo/Carlos Osorio

Detroit Lions offending planner Ben Johnson informed press reporters that an NFL authorities effectively pitched him a concept for a play this year while he was working throughout Lions vs. Jacksonville Jaguars joint practices this summer season.

” I believe we were practicing versus Jacksonville a couple weeks back, and it’s an unique groups duration,” Johnson stated, per Jeremy Reisman of Pride of Detroit.

” And among the authorities approached me, and I still have the diagram in my workplace. It’s a piece (of paper). He’s got 11 people written, and he actually took the whole unique groups duration– it was over 5 minutes– speaking about how this play would exercise.”

Naturally, Johnson would not reveal specifics in case he really utilizes it, however it’s obviously imaginative enough for factor to consider.

” It’s an excellent concept,” Johnson stated. “It’s a bit out of package. I do not understand if I’ve ever seen it occur prior to … I’ll let you men [understand if I utilize it] I’ve got to offer credit where it’s due.”

Johnson’s remarks remained in action to a press reporter asking “where the craziest play he’s pulled a style from,” per Reisman.

The Lions’ OC isn’t the only offensive master to just recently confess that he got motivation from outdoors his personnel for offensive plays.

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid confessed on Green Light with Chris Long that he got an effective play style from a janitor when he served on the Green Bay Packers’ offending personnel in the 1990 s.

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” I took one from a janitor one time at Green Bay,” Reid stated (h/t John Breech of CBS Sports). “He goes, ‘I got this play for you.’ And he kept informing me this over and over. I stated, ‘OK, here’s a card. Prepare the play.’ And he prepared the play, and I go, ‘Dang, that’s respectable.'”

” We called the play prior to halftime and it scored,” Reid stated.

Perhaps we’ll learn if Johnson has comparable luck this year. He’s off to a fantastic start in Detroit after one project, directing a group that ended up fifth in scoring in 2022 after landing No. 25 the season prior to.

Johnson and the Lions will begin 2023 on Thursday at the safeguarding Super Bowl champ Kansas City Chiefs.

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