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Amon-Ra St. Brown Reveals “Unfinished Business” Amidst Ben Johnson’s Detroit Lions Confirmation

Published 02/01/2024, 9:05 PM EST

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Ben Johnson is not going anywhere! So, are the Detroit Lions team & staff happy with his decision? Amon-Ra St. Brown recently revealed what his team thinks about it.

The hiring & firing drive for the coaches and staff started before the playoffs this season. As many teams like the Washington Commanders and the Seattle Seahawks have fired their respective coaches, they were looking for a new face as the franchises’ new head coach. Johnson, under whom the Lions’ offense ranked among the top 10, was also in the eyes of the hiring team. However, the OC isn’t going anywhere, as the team’s WR, Amon-Ra St. Brown, revealed why!

Amon-Ra St. Brown revealed what Ben Johnson told him

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Ben Johnson has informed the Commanders and Seahawks, who were trying to get a coach for their team, that he will be staying with the Lions for the next season. This decision comes despite Johnson being the highly-sought after candidate, particularly for the HC position with the Commanders. At 37 years old, the offensive coordinator has opted to continue with his role in the Lions, as they pursue their first Super Bowl victory.

The star wide receiver of the team, Amon-Ra St. Brown, revealed that Johnson called him on Tuesday to communicate his choice to remain with the team. When Brown was asked, on the first-day Pro Bowl event, whether he was surprised by Johnson’s decision or not, he replied, “I was surprised, but I’m excited.” He continued to speak on behalf of his team, “We can’t wait. We got some unfinished business.”

On the “St. Brown Brothers” podcast, Johnson recalled the conversation between himself and the OC. The WR said, “I’m like, ‘So what’s up with you, you did an interview, like, are you leaving?’ He’s like, ‘You know what, I’m on my way to the facility right now.’ He said he couldn’t sleep last night. He was thinking about it, and he said, ‘There’s unfinished business.’ He wants to stay. He said his heart is in Detroit, he wants to stay. So, he told me that while he was on his way to the facility.

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In this season, the Lions were eliminated in the NFC title championship game against the 49ers. However, Johnson helped bring some positive changes in the squad since his offensive control.

How Ben Johnson helped the Lions?

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Ben Johnson joined the Lions in 2019 and worked his way up to become the offensive coordinator from the quality control coach. Before his promotion, the team struggled in terms of points and yards ranking, 25th and 22nd, respectively.

After he took over in 2022, there was a notable improvement, with quarterback Jared Goff performing well, and naming himself as one of the efficient quarterbacks. The offense became more efficient, leading to better rankings in points (5th) and yards (4th). This success continued into the current season, resulting in a 12-5 record and the Lions’ first division title since 1993.

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However, the season ended with a loss in the NFC Championship game. Detroit has never won a Super Bowl and is one of only four teams (the Cleveland Browns, the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Houston Texans) that have never played in the Super Bowl.

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