Already an NFL star, Jets DT Sheldon Richardson will likely climb even higher with Pepper Johnson showing him the ropes.
The New York Jets have announced that they have hired former Buffalo Bills defensive line coach Pepper Johnson to take over in the same capacity for the Jets in 2015.
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Johnson played in the NFL for 13 seasons, nearly all of them with New York Giants head coach Bill Parcells or his disciples in his several NFL stops. As a rookie in 1986 he was a backup on the Giants’ Superbowl XXI win over the Denver Broncos but gained an increased role as his career continued and was named First-Team All-Pro and a Pro Bowler in 1990, the Giants’ second Superbowl win in Superbowl XXV over the Buffalo Bills. He made a second Pro Bowl in 1994 with the Cleveland Browns.
He served in various capacities as an assistant coach in New England when his former head coach Bill Belichick took over in 2000. In 2014, he joined the Buffalo Bills coaching staff as the defensive line coach and helped put together a unit that led the league in sacks and sent three defensive linemen to the Pro Bowl.
Johnson will join newly-hired head coach Todd Bowles and newly-hired defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers as the Jets try to rebuild in 2015. The defensive line already has several young stars in Pro Bowl DT Sheldon Richardson, former All-Pro DE Muhammad Wilkerson, and one of the best run-stopping NTs in the game in Damon Harrison.