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Jim Johnson Is Heart of Eagles Defense

Published by on May 19, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NFL

When Andy Reid became coach of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1999, he made two personnel decisions that would shape the NFL franchise for the next decade and beyond.

To run his offense, he drafted quarterback Donovan McNabb.

To run his defense, he hired coordinator Jim Johnson.

And while McNabb has had his good and bad moments over the years, Johnson has been remarkably consistent.

In fact, despite all the publicity given to the Eagles’ West Coast offense and Pro Bowl players such as McNabb, running back Brian Westbrook and, briefly, wide receiver Terrell Owens, it’s been Johnson’s defense th...

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