COLUMBIA — He looked like he could fit the part. On Sundays in December with the wind howling inside Lincoln Financial Field, and the noise reigning from a notorious crowd of Philadelphians, Jim Johnson very well could have been the mad scientist.
There are stories. They're the stories about the coach who could never leave the game. They're the stories about cocktail napkins covered in X's and O's, and the father and daughter discussing zone blitzes over the phone.
They're the stories that make it seem like the man known for his ability to constantly adapt and scheme must have had a mind that could do nothing but the same.
They're the ones that will make sure Jim Johnson goes down as one of the greatest defensive coaches in the history of the National Football League, a wizard who spent 10 years as the Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator concocting a brew of pressure schemes and blitzes that terrorized the backfields of opponents and the minds of offensive coordinators.
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