Training camps all across the NFL are either in full gear or just about to get that way, so it’s an exciting time for everyone across the league. But as NFL coaches and players anxiously continue their preparations for the 2009 season, they’ll do so with heavy hearts because of the passing of former Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson, who has lost his battle with cancer.
The subject of Johnson’s passing was broached yesterday in Mankato because of the connection between Johnson and Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress. They coached together in Philadelphia from 1999-2005, when Johnson coached the defense and Childress served as QBs coach and offensive coordinator.
“My thoughts go out to Vicky (Johnson) and the kids,” Childress said on Wednesday. “Jim was a great guy to be around. A sage guy who had seen it all and he had a great way about him. (He had a) gruff way about him, but was easy to laugh with.”
It was probably fitting in Childress’ mind that the Vikings and Eagles faced one another in last year’s Wild Card round. The Eagles won and moved on, but that game represented the last time Johnson and Childress were on the field coaching in a game situation.
“I can close my eyes and see him standing across the field in the last game,” Childress said. “He was standing there across the field from us in the playoff game. I think he went to the press box and had to take a seat after that. Just a great human being and football lost a great person and the Eagles lost a great person. My heart goes out to Vicky and the kids.”
Posted in All, Mike Wobschall | 1 Comment »