Eagles Extend Johnson

The Philadelphia Eagles today announced they have signed defensive coordinator Jim Johnson to a four-year contract extension.

"As I've said many times, Jim Johnson is the best in the business at what he does," said head coach Andy Reid. "His defensive units continue to produce at a very high level as he puts a lot of pressure on opposing offenses. Jim is a valuable member of the Eagles organization and we're happy to keep him here for the next several years."

Over the last five years, Johnson's units ranked first in the league in fewest points allowed (1,241, 15.5 per game), sacks (236), 3rd down defense (33.0 %), and red zone defense (86 touchdowns in 213 attempts), 8th in opponent's QB rating (73.8), and tied for 9th in take-aways (156).

Despite employing a new tandem of starting cornerbacks in Lito Sheppard and Sheldon Brown in 2004, the Eagles defense ranked 2nd in the league in both points allowed (16.3) and sacks (47).

In 2001, Johnson's unit became the fourth team in NFL history to go all 16 games without allowing more than 21 points. Their streak of allowing 21 or fewer in 34 straight games was second longest in NFL history (Minnesota, 1968-71). In 1999, Johnson's unit forced a NFL-best 46 turnovers, including a team-record 5 interceptions returned for TDs.

Over the last six years, Johnson's defense has produced 19 Pro Bowl selections: Troy Vincent (5), Brian Dawkins (4), Hugh Douglas (3), Jeremiah Trotter (3), Michael Lewis (1), Lito Sheppard (1), Corey Simon (1), and Bobby Taylor (1).


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