Jimmie Olden Johnson Jr.

Coaching Record

Years Coached Record Win % Playoff record Playoff win %
12 84-107-1 44.01% 1-3 25.00%


Career Summary

Jimmie Olden Johnson Jr. was a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) from 2006 to 2018, finishing his career as the tight ends coach of the New York Jets. Over his twelve years of coaching his teams compiled a cumulative win/loss record of 84-107-1.

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Playing Career

College Career: Howard University

Johnson played college football at Howard University from 1985-1988. His final two seasons, he was the Bison's leading wide receiver. As a senior, he was named to the all-conference team after catching nine touchdown passes. At the conclusion of his career, he was drafted into the NFL by the Washington Commanders. Johnson was the third Bison player ever drafted in the NFL; teammate John Javis was drafted four picks later as the duo became the first time two Bison players were drafted in the same year.

NFL Career

Washington Redskins

In 1989 Johnson was drafted in the twelfth round of the NFL draft by the Washington Commanders. Considered a long-shot to make the team, he ended up playing in all 16 games his rookie year, catching four passes. The next season he had the most prolific season of his career, starting five games and catching 15 passes (including two touchdowns). Injuries shortened his 1991 season as the Redskins would end up winning head coach Joe Gibb's final Super Bowl victory.

Detroit Lion

After his tenure with the Redskins ended he signed as a Plan B free agent (precursor to modern free agent) with the Detroit Lions in 1992. While he started more games for the Lions than he for the Redskins, his production was down and he only played in 22 games for the Lions over his two seasons and he was released following the 1993 season.

Kansas City Chiefs

In 1994 season, Johnson signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. During the season, he played in seven games while starting one. His sole season with the Chiefs ended with tying his career-low with receptions (2), touchdowns (0), and receiving yards (7).

Philadelphia Eagles

Johnson ended his playing career with the Philadelphia Eagles from 1995-1998. During his four seasons, he would play in all 16 games three times, starting a total of 18 games for the Eagles as they made the playoffs twice during his tenure. Johnson retired from professional football and pursued a career in coaching.

Coaching Career

College Coaching

South Carolina State University

Johnson began his coaching career at the college level at South Carolina State in 2001 as the running backs coach. This was the final season of hall of fame coach Willie Jeffries as the Bulldogs finished the season 6-5.

Shaw University

After his single season with South Carolina State, he was hired into a couple of coaching roles with Shaw University. In 2002 he was the offensive coordinator and he also worked with the quarterbacks and wide receivers. In 2003 he dropped the wide receiver coach position and focused on his offensive coordinator position and quarterbacks coach.

Texas Southern University

In 2004 he was hired by Texas Southern as their offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. In 2005, his starting running back Brent Wilson was named first-team all-conference as he broke the 1,000 yard barrier.

NFL Coaching

Minnesota Vikings

In 2006 Johnson began his coaching career in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings as their tight ends coach. During his eight-year tenure with the Vikings, Johnson helped the Vikings' tight ends finish toward the top of the NFL rankings. In 2008, Visanthe Shiancoe tied for third among tight ends for touchdown receptions in the league and catching the second most in franchise history (at the time) at seven. The next season, the tight ends combined for 13 touchdown passes. By 2011, he helped coach new tight end Kyle Rudolph to an NFL All-Rookie team pick. Rudolph would continue to improve the following season, setting the Vikings record for touchdown receptions by a tight end at nine. It 2013 John Carlson led the tight ends in receptions, becoming the fourth player to lead the tight ends in Johnson's eight seasons.

New York Jets

After sitting out the 2014 season, Johnson returned to coaching in 2015 as the tight ends coach for the New York Jets under new head coach Todd Bowles.


Year Position Record Playoff record
2018 New York Jets Tight Ends Coach 4-12-0 0-0
2017 New York Jets Tight Ends Coach 5-11-0 0-0
2016 New York Jets Tight Ends Coach 5-11-0 0-0
2015 New York Jets Tight Ends Coach 10-6-0 0-0
2013 Minnesota Vikings Tight Ends Coach 5-10-1 0-0
2012 Minnesota Vikings Tight Ends Coach 10-6-0 0-1
2011 Minnesota Vikings Tight Ends Coach 3-13-0 0-0
2010 Minnesota Vikings Tight Ends Coach 6-10-0 0-0
2009 Minnesota Vikings Tight Ends Coach 12-4-0 1-1
2008 Minnesota Vikings Tight Ends Coach 10-6-0 0-1
2007 Minnesota Vikings Tight Ends Coach 8-8-0 0-0
2006 Minnesota Vikings Tight Ends Coach 6-10-0 0-0

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