Born: May 26, 1941, in Maywood, Ill.

Education: Bachelor's degree in education; master's degree in physical education from Missouri

Player: Quarterback at Missouri, 1959-62; Tight end for Buffalo Bills, 1963-64

Family: Wife, Vicky; two children, Scott, Michelle; four grandchildren, Katie, Justin, Brandon, Jax.


1967-68: Missouri Southern, head coach

1969-72: Drake, defensive coordinator

1973-76: Indiana, linebackers

1977-83: Notre Dame, defensive coordinator/assistant head coach

1984: Oklahoma Outlaws (USFL), defensive coordinator

1985: Jacksonville Bulls (USFL), defensive coordinator

1986-93: St. Louis/Arizona Cardinals, defensive line/defensive backs

1994-97: Indianapolis Colts, linebackers/defensive coordinator

1998: Seattle Seahawks, linebackers

1999-2009: Eagles, defensive coordinator


427: Sacks during Johnson's tenure with Eagles

167: Eagles interceptions under Johnson.

26: Eagles' Pro Bowlers during Johnson's tenure.

22: Years as NFL assistant

9: Playoff appearances (7 with Eagles, 2 with Colts)

1: Super Bowl appearance


*At Missouri, Johnson was an all-conference quarterback.

*Notre Dame won 1977 national championship with Johnson as assistant coach.

*Under Johnson in 1991, Cardinals' Aeneas Williams became first rookie cornerback to lead league in interceptions since 1981, with six.

*Under Johnson in 1998, Seahawks recorded 10 touchdowns on defense, including eight interceptions returned for scores, second most in league history.

*Under Johnson since 2000, the Eagles allowed an average of 17.7 points per game, fourth fewest in the league.

*Only defensive coordinator to serve under head coach Andy Reid, joining the staff on Jan. 22, 1999.

*Known for innovative blitzes and schemes, always keeping defense fresh and evolving.

*Credited Gene Stallings, Vince Tobin and Fritz Shurmur as influences for his aggressive approach.


"This game is a game of turnovers. That's one of our goals. You've got to talk about it every day. You've got to harp on it. When we [get an interception], it becomes like a punt return for us. We want to score. It sets an attitude." (1999)

"I don't want to blitz all the time. I want us to have good run defense, sound coverages, and be able to prevent the big play. But I also think being aggressive is what kicks the motor. When you come at a team right away, it sets the tempo. It tells the defense that this is how it's going to be." (2001)

"You don't know if you have [prepared] too much sometimes, or not enough. I think we get to a point where we go, 'What did we do to get here?' We still have our base stuff, and maybe we will add a wrinkle there, and maybe we don't know what they are going to do, either." (before Super Bowl, 2005)

"I've never been around fans this passionate. It's a pure sports town. I've been in places where it's take it or leave it. This is a special place for fans and there's so much history around here. I love it." (2009)