The former defensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles passed away to day at age 68. I know it's football not baseball, but this was an extremely important man in the game's history not to mention Philly history. Certainly being a fan of the Giants he's one of those guys I rooted against but I had a lot of respect for him as a coach. Then while working in Philly myself I had the privilege to work with and interview him on a number of occasions. He was one of the most sincere and genuinely nice people I'd met. He was also a genius, explaining a couple of football ideas that I couldn't grasp because they were so detailed.
Safe passages, Mr. Johnson. Thanks for the memories.
Forget the man crush. I drop what I'm doing to watch Zack Greinke pitch.
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Inukchuk wrote:Wow. Another Giants fan here, and he gave me fits, which means he did a phenomenal job as a DC. I was unaware his cancer had progressed to that point. That is, I assume, how he passed?
RIP to a marvelous coach and a classy guy.
I had a feeling it was worse than originally stated once they officially promoted McDermott to DC, but the media kept it under wraps that it was life-threatening already. Pretty amazing that he was able to coach through most of last year, especially in the playoffs when he was clearly struggling but still made it out to the games to coach from the booth.