Former New York Giants defensive coordinator Wink Martindale won’t be seeing his former team twice next season, but former offensive line coach Bobby Johnson will.
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports that the Washington Commanders are hiring Johnson as their next O-Line coach.
The #Commanders are hiring veteran offensive line coach Bobby Johnson to coach their OL, per source.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) February 12, 2024
The Giants fired Johnson on Black Monday after two seasons overseeing one of the worst offensive lines in football, including a 2023 campaign that saw them surrender 85 sacks, the second-most in NFL history.
“We moved on from Bobby Johnson and from Thomas McGaughey,” head coach Brian Daboll said at the time of the firings. “I want to thank those guys for what they’ve done the last two years. This is the hard part of the job. I have a lot of respect for them but just felt we were going to move in a different direction.
“I’m not going to add anything to it. Those were private conversations. But I do respect both of those guys and what they’ve done the last two years — their commitment to the deal and their work ethic. But wanted to make a change.”
Johnson followed Daboll over from the Buffalo Bills, where he spent three seasons as their offensive line coach. It was his second stint with the team.
In Washington, Johnson will be reunited with former Giants center/guard Nick Gates.