Pepper Johnson Leaves Bills to Coach Jets DL

After being passed over for the Giants defensive coordinator position, no one was sure of Pepper Johnson's status with the Buffalo Bills. On Saturday, it was announced that Johnson would be joining the New York Jets as their defensive line coach.

Eight days ago, Pepper Johnson said that Rex Ryan had a job waiting for him with the Buffalo Bills. Apparently, the job wasn't to Johnson's liking. On Saturday, Johnson was hired as the defensive line coach of the New York Jets.

Johnson joined the Bills as their defensive line coach in 2014 after spending four seasons in various coaching roles with the New England Patriots. Recently, Johnson was a candidate for the New York Giants' defensive coordinator opening. After being passed over on the job, he told the New York Daily News that he had hoped his stay in Buffalo would open some coaching doors for him.

"Moving away from the Patriots, spending a year in Buffalo, I was hoping it would open doors and open some eyes, that more people would be watching, and (that some team) will give me a call before all this is said and done."

It may not be a defensive coordinator job, but Johnson will now have another opportunity to prove himself with the Jets. There's no doubt that Johnson was hoping for a homecoming with the Giants this offseason, but he still gets one of sorts. Johnson played with the Jets from 1997-1998 before retiring from the NFL.


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