Pepper Johnson to join XFL LA as Defensive Coordinator

Pepper Johnson to join XFL Los Angeles as Defensive Coordinator

Earlier today we heard news out of XFL New Yorn, now we’re hearing word that Moss is bringing Pepper Johnson into XFL Los Angeles as Defensive Coordinator, as well as Linebackers Coach.

Johnson is a former linebacker and NFL coach. He was most recently the linebackers coach for the Memphis Express of the Alliance of American Football (AAF). He played in the NFL for 13 seasons, the first seven of which were for the New York Giants. He won two Super Bowls with the Giants before playing for the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions and New York Jets.

After his playing career ended, Johnson began working as an assistant coach for the New England Patriots. In New England he was reunited with Bill Belichick, for whom Johnson played as a Giant and Brown. He spent 14 seasons with the organization, winning three Super Bowls, before leaving the Patriots to work as the defensive line coach for the Buffalo Bills and then the New York Jets.

Johnson began his coaching career as an assistant linebackers coach with the Patriots during the 2000 season. He then served as the Patriots’ inside linebackers coach from 2001 to 2003, before moving to defensive line coach in 2004. In 2012, he returned to linebackers coach.

Johnson was most recently the defensive line coach for the Memphis Express of the Alliance of American Football, where he worked under head coach Mike Singletary.

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