Longtime Eagles coordinator Johnson dies at 68

Jim Johnson, who was the Philadelphia Eagles’ defensive coordinator from 1999 to 2008, died today after a bout with cancer, the team announced.

Johnson was regarded as one of the NFL’s top defensive masterminds. His aggressive style kept the Eagles at or near the top of the league in nearly every major defensive category since he joined coach Andy Reid’s staff on Jan. 22, 1999.

Johnson is survived by his wife, Vicky; two children, Scott and Michelle; and four grandchildren, Katie, Justin, Brandon and Jax.

Sean McDermott took over as the Eagles’ defensive coordinator Friday.

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