Bill Johnson was made the defensive line coach for the New Orleans Saints on Jan. 10, 2009. Johnson succeeds Dennis Allen in this position, who was recently moved to secondary coach.
Johnson's extensive experience at coaching defensive lines goes all the way back to the college ranks in 1988, where he held this position at Louisiana Tech, Arkansas, and Texas A&M.
This will be Bill Johnson's third assignment as an NFL D-Line coach. His former employers include the Atlanta Falcons and the Denver Broncos.
Johnson has coached many Pro Bowl linemen during his career, including Atlanta's Patrick Kerney and Rod Coleman. He plans to bring his experience with beefing up third-down defenses to New Orleans, as well as put more focus on forced turnovers and quarterback pressure.
These are also two of defensive coordinator Gregg Williams' top priorities this season, which makes Johnson a good fit.
This is a homecoming of sorts for Bill Johnson, as he was himself a four-year letterman at Northwestern State in Nacthitoches, LA from 1982-1984.
Bill Johnson is 54 years old.