Ben Johnson

Coaching Record

Years Coached Record Win % Playoff record Playoff win %
12 81-97-1 45.53% 2-2 50.00%


Career Summary

Ben Johnson is a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) and has been the offensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions since 2022. Prior to this role, he started with the Lions as the team's tight ends coach in 2020.

Personal Information

Johnson was born on Sunday, May 11, 1986.

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Playing Career


University of North Carolina

Ben Johnson played collegiate football at the University of North Carolina. He walked on to the team in 2004 as a quarterback, working his way up to third on the depth chart his junior season.

Coaching Career


Boston College

After graduating from UNC, Johnson spent three seasons coaching for Boston College. Starting in 2009 as an offensive graduate assistant, by his final season with the school in 2011 he was the team's tight ends coach. Brought in by newly-promoted head coach Frank Spaziani, the team regressed each season Johnson was there, starting at 8-5 in 2009 down to 4-8 in 2011. After the 2011 season, Johnson entered the NFL.


Miami Dolphins

In 2012 Johnson was hired by the Miami Dolphins as their offensive assistant coach. The following season he was promoted to assistant quarterbacks coach, as Zac Taylor was promoted to quarterbacks coach. Building off a successful 2012 campaign in which rookie-quarterback Ryan Tannehill set numerous franchise records for rookie quarterbacks, Tannehill would continue to set various franchise records over the next few seasons. Despite the growth Tannehill experienced under Taylor's and Johnson's coaching, the team was stalled with at most eight wins during his four years with the team.


Year Position Record Playoff record
2024 Detroit Lions Offensive Coordinator 0-0-0 0-0
2023 Detroit Lions Offensive Coordinator 12-5-0 2-1
2022 Detroit Lions Offensive Coordinator 9-8-0 0-0
2021 Detroit Lions Tight Ends Coach 3-13-1 0-0
2020 Detroit Lions Tight Ends Coach 5-11-0 0-0
2018 Miami Dolphins Wide Receivers Coach 7-9-0 0-0
2017 Miami Dolphins Assistant Wide Receivers Coach 6-10-0 0-0
2016 Miami Dolphins Assistant Wide Receivers Coach 10-6-0 0-1
2015 Miami Dolphins Tight Ends Coach / Assistant Quarterbacks Coach 6-10-0 0-0
2014 Miami Dolphins Assistant Quarterbacks Coach 8-8-0 0-0
2013 Miami Dolphins Assistant Quarterbacks Coach 8-8-0 0-0
2012 Miami Dolphins Offensive Assistant Coach 7-9-0 0-0

Coach history guide

Seasons with a championship win Seasons with a conference championship

Coach facts

  • Years as a coordinator: 3
  • Past teams coached for: Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins
  • College Attended: North Carolina Tar Heels
  • Date of Birth: Sunday, May 11, 1986 (38 years old)