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Detroit Lions: Ben Johnson staying in Detroit

Coming off of a massive disappointment losing the NFC Championship game the Detroit Lions got massive news on Tuesday. For the second straight year, offensive coordinator Ben Johnson turned down head coaching offers to remain the offensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions. The Washington Commanders were heavily rumored as the team linked to hiring Johnson with the news coming out that the Commanders were flying to meet Johnson when they found out.

Retaining Johnson as the offensive coordinator is massive for the Detroit Lions meaning they’ll keep the offense intact hopefully, leading to another successful season. The Lions offense ranked near the top of the league in several categories, the 27.1 points per game ranked fifth in the league as did their 135.9 rushing yards per game. The Lions ranked second in the league with 258.9 passing yards per game.

There will be no shortage of weapons at the Lions disposal in 2024-25 either with Jared Goff, Jahmyr Gibbs, David Montgomery, Amon-Ra St. Brown, and Sam Laporta among several key returnees for the Lions offense. The Lions may bolster their receiving core this off-season with the 29th pick in the draft or via free agency.

One player Lions fans would love to see Ben Johnson incorporate into the offense more in 2024 is former first round pick Jameson Williams. Williams missed time with a suspension but, caught 24 passes for 354 yards and a pair of touchdowns while rushing for 29 yards and a touchdown. Williams showed up the biggest in the playoffs with a 42 yard rushing touchdown and six catches for 79 yards and a touchdown.

Detroit Lions: 2024 may be the best shot at a Super Bowl

The Detroit Lions may be running back this group for the last time in 2024 meaning it’s Super Bowl or bust. Quarterback Jared Goff will need a contract extension and the team may end up moving on from Goff and handing the offense over to former Tennessee Quarterback Hendon Hooker rather than paying Goff long-term. Both Ben Johnson and Aaron Glenn will continue to receive head coaching interest meaning any season with the duo may end up being their last as long as the Lions are in contention.

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