Bobby Johnson to the Bills?

Rivals/Yahoo national college football writer Tom Dienhart said on his Twitter account that an Indiana source told him Hoosiers offensive line coach Bobby Johnson is leaving to take a job as the assistant offensive line coach with the Buffalo Bills. Trying to confirm this. Hopefully we’ll have more later.

[4:19 p.m. UPDATE]

Hearing that this is pretty much a done deal, but Johnson’s contract won’t be signed for a few more days, so no one at IU is going to confirm it on the record. Will keep trying.

[6:09 p.m. UPDATE]

Chris here. How have you been? Good? Good.

Anyway, this thing is a done deal. The holdup appears to be something procedural, as in the Bills want to talk about it next week and don’t very much mind that the sports editor in the town where Johnson currently lives believes that news should be reported when it happens instead of when it’s crafted.

Johnson, in case you were wondering, has spent parts of his recent off-seasons working with NFL staffs. Coaching in the league has been his goal. He’s spent time with the Saints, Browns and Colts. His name is out there in NFL circles as a young guy ready to do good things (and Rodger Saffold’s emergence has helped that). The Bills are giving him his chance.

There’s been no movement on finding a replacement yet.


  1. Hate to see Coach Johnson leave as the Hoosiers are recruiting more talented o-linemen for him to coach. His replacement needs to be a sound and creative overachiever for the future program building. I am going to watch the candidates for the selection process with interest. Good luck Bobby Johnson.

  2. Luke Butkus, was recently let go by the Chicago Bears. Luke, played at Illinois. He knows Illinois and yes he is Dick’s nephew. That’s all I know about him.

  3. The Colts seem to be a little more careful about hiring than many of the NFL clubs that adhere to the ‘good ‘ol boy’ system so prevalent in the league.

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