3. Ben Johnson, OC, Detroit Lions
There is no question about the fact that Ben Johnson is one of the hottest head coaching candidates in the 2024 circuit. Teams are already filling coaching vacancies, but there were a lot of openings this year, and Johnson has been interviewed by almost all of them.
What Johnson has been able to do with that Detroit offense is nothing short of stunning. The Lions were in dire straits just three years ago. They had just traded Matthew Stafford for Jared Goff, who was being thrown out of Los Angeles by an offensive wizard in Sean McVay. People (understandably) figured that if McVay was giving up on Goff, he was a lost cause.
The Lions built around him, and Ben Johnson has developed an offense to suit not only his skills, but enhance literally everyone who has touched his depth chart. Having him out of the NFC North will be a breath of fresh air.
4. Aaron Glenn, DC, Detroit Lions
Let's stay in theme with Detroit Lions assistant coaches for the moment. As great of a head coach as Dan Campbell is, he's obviously developed a tremendous staff around him.
Not only is offensive coordinator Ben Johnson getting head coach looks around the league, but so is Aaron Glenn, the defensive coordinator. And this is nothing new for Glenn, either.
We saw the impact it had on the Philadelphia Eagles for Nick Sirianni to lose both offensive coordinator Shane Steichen and defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon in the same offseason this past year. Perhaps the same fate awaits the Detroit Lions.