Ben Johnson’s determination to stay the Detroit Lions’ offensive coordinator shocked many, nevertheless it delighted one of many workforce’s largest fan.
Rap legend Eminem, who was current for the Lions’ playoff run up till their NFC Championship Recreation loss this previous Sunday to the San Francisco 49ers, took to social media to share his pleasure about maintaining the person that orchestrated the most effective offense’s within the league this yr.
“Guess I ought to cease recording this diss observe..!! Lol!!” Eminem posted on X. “@ Ben Johnson Thanks for staying!!! We will not break this workforce up ESPECIALLY since I’M on it!!! Coach Campbell we love you bro!!! Let’s run it again subsequent yr!!…I am READY!!!! I promise you I WILL get us to the tremendous bowl!!!””
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Eminem was within the Bay Space at Levi’s Stadium to observe as his Lions blew a 24-7 halftime lead and ultimately lose to the Niners, 34-31, to fall wanting Tremendous Bowl LVIII. Detroit has by no means been to the Tremendous Bowl since its inception, not to mention hoisted the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Head coach Dan Campbell caught some flak, too, for his choices to go for it on a number of fourth downs, which did not work out for quarterback Jared Goff & Co. As a substitute, these turnover on downs every led to 49ers touchdowns within the second half, as all of the momentum swung again to the house workforce.
Campbell owned as much as his gambles, as it has been one thing he is stayed true to all season lengthy. He trusts his gamers regardless of what the scoreboard might say.
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It did not work out for him, although, and Johnson’s standing with the workforce was instantly in query since he had at the very least one interview with the Seattle Seahawks and Washington Commanders for his or her head coach vacancies earlier this month.
However stories got here Tuesday stating Johnson was going to inform the remaining two groups and not using a head coach that he is withdrawing his identify, selecting to remain in Detroit and proceed constructing with Campbell.
The Lions had been the league’s third-best offense this common season in complete yards (394.8 per sport) and fifth in factors per sport (27.1). Johnson has utilized the large younger expertise GM Brad Holmes has constructed the roster with, particularly star receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown and rookie operating again Jahmyr Gibbs.
The addition of David Montgomery within the backfield additionally led to the league’s fifth-best speeding offense when it comes to yards gained on the bottom per sport (135.9) this common season.
Detroit has been on a gradual trajectory since Campbell took over as head coach in 2021. He retained Johnson, who was tight ends coach with the earlier regime, and it was an awesome determination as he labored his manner up the ladder to offensive coordinator earlier than the beginning of final season.
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Now, they’ll proceed to work alongside one another to hopefully fulfill Eminem’s dream — and the dream of Detroit — of lastly making it to the Tremendous Bowl subsequent season.