2. Ben Johnson, Lions offensive coordinator
Ironically enough, the Detroit Lions have been one of the most dominant teams in the NFL since midseason 2022. They started out 1-6 last year and then finished 8-2, giving them their first winning campaign since 2017. This year, they’ve been on a tear as well, winning eight of their first 10 games.
They’re not only winning the NFC North but also in play for the No. 1 seed in the conference. Most of that success is due to their highly efficient offense led by Ben Johnson. At 37 years old, Johnson is a hot name in the coaching ranks, and for good reason. He’s elevated the previously porous Lions offense to a top-10 scoring offense over the past two seasons.
He’s also taken Jared Goff and helped him go from a perceived draft bust to one of the most effective passers in the game. Last year, the former No. 1 overall pick had 4,438 yards with 29 touchdowns and just seven picks. So far in 2023, he’s again playing well with 3,075 yards and an 18-to-8 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
Johnson’s ability to tailor his offense around the quarterback will be a huge draw for anyone looking for a new head coach. For New England, that could be a plus whether they want to give Mac Jones another chance to secure the job or make a change to a rookie. That’s just one of many reasons he should be in contention if they decide to make a move.