Johnson spent that last three years in Oakland coaching the tight ends. Initially, he got his coaching start collegiately in 1995, and has a laundry list of experience in different positions since.
- 1995-1998 — University of Akron — Graduate assistant and defensive line coach
- 1999-2004 — Miami (OH) University — Tight ends coach and offensive line coach
- 2005-2009 — Indiana University — Offensive line coach
- 2010-2011 — Buffalo Bills — Assistant offensive line coach
- 2012 — Jacksonville Jaguars — Tight ends coach
- 2013-2014 — Detroit Lions — Tight ends coach and assistant offensive line coach
- 2015-2017 — Oakland Raiders — Tight ends coach
Johnson was the head coach of West team in this year’s East-West Shrine game. He’s been impressive this offseason with his time at the Shrine game, even garnering an interview for head coach of the Raiders (albeit, it was to satisfy the Rooney Rule).
Johnson will work with Dave DeGuglielmo, the Colts’ new offensive line coach, who was hired this offseason as well. DeGuglielmo was hired for would-be Colts coach Josh McDaniels’ staff, however, and Johnson is an actual hire of new Colts head coach Frank Reich. That dynamic will be interesting to watch if the Colts’ offensive line performers poorly in 2018.