COACHES

Bill Johnson
Defensive Line

Biography

Bill Johnson begins his first season as defensive line coach for the Los Angeles Rams in 2017 after spending the previous eight years in the same capacity with the New Orleans Saints. Johnson brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Rams as he is in his fourth decade as a coach in the collegiate and professional ranks.

Johnson’s eight years in charge of the Saints’ defensive line saw numerous achievements and records set in New Orleans. In 2015, DE Cameron Jordan became the ninth player in team history to record multiple seasons with double-digit sacks. In addition, under Johnson’s guidance, Jordan earned two Pro Bowl appearances. In his third NFL season in 2012, Jordan finished fifth in the NFL with 12.5 sacks.

In Johnson’s debut season with the Saints in 2009, DE Will Smith finished the year fifth in the NFL with a career- high 13.0 sacks en route to a Super Bowl XLIV victory.

In his stop before New Orleans, Johnson spent the 2007- 08 seasons as the defensive line coach with the Denver Broncos. In 2007, DE Elvis Dumervil’s 12.5 sacks ranked sixth in the NFL.

Johnson had a six-year stint in Atlanta as defensive line coach of the Falcons. In two of his six seasons with the Falcons, Johnson’s defensive lines helped the defense rank in the top-10 in fewest yards allowed and fewest yards per rush. Johnson also tutored Patrick Kerney and Rod Coleman to Pro Bowl appearances. Coleman led all NFL defensive tackles in sacks from 2004-06 and Kerney had 53.0 sacks from 2004-06.

The Falcons made an appearance in the 2004 NFC Championship Game after Johnson’s defensive line led the NFL in sacks during the 2004 regular season.

Before entering the NFL ranks, Johnson spent one season as the defensive line coach at Arkansas – his second stint with the Razorbacks.

Prior to his time in Fayetteville, Johnson was the defensive line coach at Texas A&M from 1992-99. In his eight seasons at Texas A&M, Johnson had nine defensive linemen selected in the NFL Draft.

Johnson was the defensive line coach for two years during his first stint at Arkansas from 1990-91 after working at Louisiana Tech from 1988-89.

During the 1987 season, Johnson worked under College Football Hall of Fame coach Jimmy Johnson at the University of Miami as a graduate assistant. He worked on the Hurricanes’ team that would go on to be crowned 1987 National Champions.

Johnson spent two years on the defensive coaching staff at McNeese State, first as the defensive line coach, followed by a year guiding the team’s outside linebackers.

Northwestern State, Johnson’s alma mater, gave him his first start in coaching in 1980 as a graduate assistant. He would then be elevated to defensive ends/outside linebackers coach from 1982-84.

At Northwestern State, Johnson was a two-year starter at center and was on the team from 1976-79.

Bill Johnson begins his first season as defensive line coach for the Los Angeles Rams in 2017 after spending the previous eight years in the same capacity with the New Orleans Saints. Johnson brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Rams as he is in his fourth decade as a coach in the collegiate and professional ranks.

Johnson’s eight years in charge of the Saints’ defensive line saw numerous achievements and records set in New Orleans. In 2015, DE Cameron Jordan became the ninth player in team history to record multiple seasons with double-digit sacks. In addition, under Johnson’s guidance, Jordan earned two Pro Bowl appearances. In his third NFL season in 2012, Jordan finished fifth in the NFL with 12.5 sacks.

In Johnson’s debut season with the Saints in 2009, DE Will Smith finished the year fifth in the NFL with a career- high 13.0 sacks en route to a Super Bowl XLIV victory.

In his stop before New Orleans, Johnson spent the 2007- 08 seasons as the defensive line coach with the Denver Broncos. In 2007, DE Elvis Dumervil’s 12.5 sacks ranked sixth in the NFL.

Johnson had a six-year stint in Atlanta as defensive line coach of the Falcons. In two of his six seasons with the Falcons, Johnson’s defensive lines helped the defense rank in the top-10 in fewest yards allowed and fewest yards per rush. Johnson also tutored Patrick Kerney and Rod Coleman to Pro Bowl appearances. Coleman led all NFL defensive tackles in sacks from 2004-06 and Kerney had 53.0 sacks from 2004-06.

The Falcons made an appearance in the 2004 NFC Championship Game after Johnson’s defensive line led the NFL in sacks during the 2004 regular season.

Before entering the NFL ranks, Johnson spent one season as the defensive line coach at Arkansas – his second stint with the Razorbacks.

Prior to his time in Fayetteville, Johnson was the defensive line coach at Texas A&M from 1992-99. In his eight seasons at Texas A&M, Johnson had nine defensive linemen selected in the NFL Draft.

Johnson was the defensive line coach for two years during his first stint at Arkansas from 1990-91 after working at Louisiana Tech from 1988-89.

During the 1987 season, Johnson worked under College Football Hall of Fame coach Jimmy Johnson at the University of Miami as a graduate assistant. He worked on the Hurricanes’ team that would go on to be crowned 1987 National Champions.

Johnson spent two years on the defensive coaching staff at McNeese State, first as the defensive line coach, followed by a year guiding the team’s outside linebackers.

Northwestern State, Johnson’s alma mater, gave him his first start in coaching in 1980 as a graduate assistant. He would then be elevated to defensive ends/outside linebackers coach from 1982-84.

At Northwestern State, Johnson was a two-year starter at center and was on the team from 1976-79.

 

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