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Prospective Def. Coordinator: Pepper Johnson

According to Ralph Vacchiano at NY Daily News, former Giant LB Pepper Johnson and current Patriots defensive line coach is interested in becoming the next Defensive Coordinator for the Giants.

Pepper Johnson, the former Giants linebacker and current Patriots defensive line coach, is not only a possible candidate, he would also be “very interested” in the job, according to two people familiar with his thinking. He has never been a defensive coordinator, but he has won two Super Bowl rings as a player and three as a Patriots assistant.

He also is a brilliant defensive mind, according to those who know him, and his presence and winning background would certainly get the attention of the Giants’ deflated defensive players.

“Yeah, definitely, it would be instant respect,” said Carl Banks, the former Giants linebacker and a teammate of Johnson’s from 1986-92. “But even if they know nothing of his history and care nothing about Giant tradition, they’ll respect his knowledge of the game. They’ll respect the success he has in this league and the teams he’s coached.”

Cue the fireworks.

Is everyone as excited about this prospect as I am?   Talk about a guy who knows A) how to play the game, B) how to win, and obviously C) how to coach…. this is our guy.  Pepper Johnson is our new #1 prospect.

Note to Giants front office: Move him up the list to the top spot, send the limo, prepare the wet bar, adjust your schedules around — because this interviewing process just got a whole lot more interesting.

Next thing you know LT is going to be the new Linebackers coach.

Shazaaam!!!!!!


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9 Responses to “Prospective Def. Coordinator: Pepper Johnson”

  1. Michael S says:

    Most of the coaches the giants are targeting run a 3-4 defense which is great in mind. Sure, everyone will say that we won the SB with a 4-3 but times change. Offenses know how to better protect the 4-3 since it’s been there longer. The 3-4 or hybrid (which is both) defense might be a great idea. I’m ALL for it.
    What I would do if we switch to a 3-4…. Enjoy
    -draft Terrence Cody for NT
    -move cofield and Alford to strongside end (5 technique)
    -move tuck weakside end but in a 4-3 end position (7 technique)
    -move osi and kiwi to strongside rush linebackers (nice rotation)
    -move sintim to weakside linebacker (better coverage skills)
    -Trade, draft or pickup in FA a middle LB to play next to Boley
    -Webster, Thomas , Ross, and Johnson are corners
    -Trade, draft or pickup in FA a great coverage safety to play next to KP21

    • CES says:

      IIIIGHT! CHECK ME OUT.
      NOSE=ROCKY BENARD or ROBBINS {HAS THE BODY}
      LE= J TUCK{PLAYED EVERY POS. ON THE LINE}
      RE= KIWI {PLAYED EVERY POS.INCL. LINEBACKER}
      CANTY/TOLLESON BACK UP ENDS
      ROLB= OSI {HAS THE SPEED, NEEDS MINOR TWEEK}
      LOLB= SINTIM {HAS SPEED,& ATHLETISM}CAN RUSH
      ILB’S= BOLEY & AP
      BLACKBURN/GOFF/WILKERSON/KEHL/CLARK-BACKUPS
      CORNERS= WEB & ROSS
      NICKEL= THOMAS
      JOHNSON/DOCKERY BACK UPS
      FS/SS=K PHILLIPS {ACTUALLY EVERYWHERE!LB ALSO
      FS MICHAEL JOHNSON
      THIS COULD WORK!!!!

  2. Craig says:

    I remember the fiery demeanor that Pepper had on the sideline and in the game when he was playing. I hope the Giants take him seriously. He certainly would bring Giants “D” pride back ? One question though, why has he been a positional coach so long without being promoted ? If there is a good answer to that, I’d be thrilled to have Pepper as the new DC. He certainly would be able to teach the Giants “D” to put the hurt on opponents that they hit and tackle.

  3. Craig says:

    One more thought on the Giants defense,and a question about Jerry Reese; why has he placed so a low emphasis on Linebackers since he became G.M. ? What is the earliest that he has drafted a linebacker ?

    • Craig-

      I think he has placed such a low emphasis on linebackers becuase in the system the Giants run (the 4-3) the Defensive linemen are the important aspects.

      Also, it’s easier to find good linebackers in later rounds of the drafts than it is a lot of other positions.

      I think Linebackers and Running backs are the two positions that it’s easiest to find solid productive players later.

      But the earliest he’s drafted a linebacker is Round 2 (Clint Sintim)

      He’s also drafted round 4 Bryan Kehl and round 5 Jonathan Goff.

      but when he inherited the team that had spent a 3rd round on a linebacker the year before (gerris Wilkinson)

      In 2006 (the year before he took over) the Giants also signed LaVar Arrington, and this year he signed michael Boley.

      I don’t think he’s ignored the Linebacker position

      (he probably planned on Sintim, Pierce, Boley)

      But it hasn’t worked out great so far.

      Hopefully that turns around this year.

  4. CMH says:

    Lots to like about this idea.

    – Remember Spags wasn’t a coordinator either before we hired him.

    – Like Spags w Johnson, Pepper learned from a master of the game.

    – Instant cred with players as solid ex player.

    – Ties to the organization but away long enough that he brings fresh perspective.

    – Fiery / no nonsense demeanor helps bring some emotion back.

    – Not surprised he’s got a good reputation as an “X” and “O” guy. I remember when he played his team mates often commented that he was like a coach on the field.

    It’s easy to envision him winding the pass rush back up and being tough on the run. Not sure what his thoughts would be on how to improve the coverages.

  5. […] as Vacchiano says, he won’t need that. I’m not the only one excited about him. Andrew is. Is Johnson a shoo-in? No. But, he should be at the top of the […]

  6. […] as Vacchiano says, he won’t need that. I’m not the only one excited about him. Andrew is. Is Johnson a shoo-in? No. But, he should be at the top of the […]

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