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madinmaryland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-28-09 05:50 PM
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Philadelphia Eagles Defensive Coordinator Jim Johnson has died.
RIP.

Age 69.
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MrSlayer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-28-09 06:22 PM
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1. A sad day.
Edited on Tue Jul-28-09 06:28 PM by MrSlayer
Johnson was one of the best. He will be missed.

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Auggie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-28-09 06:29 PM
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2. "Jim Johnson is the best in the business at what he does" -- Andy Reid
From wiki:

From 2000-07, Johnson's units rank tied for first in the NFL with 342 sacks, second in the league in 3rd down efficiency (34.3%) and red zone touchdown percentage (43.0%), and fourth in fewest points allowed (17.6 per game).

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.

LINK: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Johnson_ (American_football)

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madinmaryland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-28-09 06:35 PM
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3. Yes. That explains the success of the Eagles the last few years.
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Auggie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-28-09 07:05 PM
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5. Seems no matter what, they always play tough
Edited on Tue Jul-28-09 07:07 PM by Auggie
Pennsylvania is lucky to have to two great football franchises like that. Somehow, just to the immediate west, the story has been a bit different...

:eyes:

on edit: even further west -- way further west (but that's about to change)...
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madinmaryland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-28-09 07:14 PM
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6. That they do. Though Johnson had them playing tough through the 2000's.
OTOH, San Diego or Seattle may change their ways on the West Coast! :D

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Auggie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-28-09 07:58 PM
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7. Yeah, them too
:smoke:
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madinmaryland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-28-09 08:05 PM
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8. Oh, sorry. Forgot the Raiders.
:D

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rep the dems Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-28-09 06:41 PM
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4. A tough year for Philadelphia sports legends.
R.I.P Jim, thanks for all the great years :patriot:
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PRETZEL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-29-09 07:48 AM
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9. One of the best,
Philly will surely miss him.

RIP
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NJmaverick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-29-09 08:44 AM
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10. As a Giants fan I can say he tormented us for years with his genious
he will be sorely missed. The NFL (and his family) have lost a great one. I guess this is one of the occupational hazards of working as a coach (you are out in the sun for long periods of time).
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NJmaverick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-29-09 09:21 AM
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11. Giants coach Tom Coughlin on his passing
It is a sad, very sad, day, Coughlin said. I talked recently to (Eagles video director) Mike Dougherty and asked him to let Jim know that I was thinking about him, and I had dropped Jim a note to let him know as well. Forget about what kind of coach he washe was an excellent, excellent defensive coach, and he trained others to be the same. We know what Steve Spagnuolo meant to us. We had great respect for Jim, and he had great respect for us. I didnt know Jim personally, but we would always talk to each other, mostly about the NFC East and what a great, competitive division it is. It was a respectful critique about what great players, coaches and organizations there are within the division. In talking with people who worked with Jim, you sense what a class act Jim was. He was great to work with and for, and he had his priorities in order. His players loved to play for him and his coaches loved to coach with him. It is a sad day for the National Football League to lose somebody the quality of Jim Johnson. It is a sad note on which to start the season. He coached right up to the very end.
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