8th Season in NFL
3rd Season with Raiders
Bobby Johnson enters his third year with the Raiders as tight ends coach. In his 22-year coaching career, 15 of them at the collegiate level, Johnson has spent 10 seasons coaching tight ends and the last seven seasons working in the NFL.
During his second season in Oakland, Johnson continued the development of second-year TE Clive Walford, who set career highs with 33 receptions for 359 yards while tying a career-high three touchdowns. Walford started in eight games in the absence of veteran TE Lee Smith, who suffered a season-ending ankle injury in Week 4. Fourth-year TE Mychal Rivera appeared in 13 games with two starts, recording 192 yards on 18 receptions with one touchdown.
Under Johnson’s tutelage in 2015, Rivera appeared in all 16 games and finished the season tied for fourth on the team with 32 receptions, for 280 yards and one touchdown. Free agent signee Smith completed his fifth NFL season starting a career-high 15 games and set a career high with 12 receptions. Third-round draft pick Walford emerged as a dependable receiving option and blocker throughout his rookie campaign, playing in all 16 games and finishing with 28 receptions for 329 yards and three touchdowns.
Prior to joining the Silver and Black, Johnson spent two seasons with the Detroit Lions as tight ends coach (2013) and assistant offensive line coach (2014). He brought a rejuvenated approach to the Lions tight end corps in 2013, as his instruction allowed for the emergence of one of the NFL’s top tight end duos in TE Brandon Pettigrew and undrafted rookie TE Joseph Fauria.
Pettigrew (two) and Fauria (seven) combined for nine of QB Matthew Stafford’s 29 touchdown passes in 2013, and totaled a combined 59 receptions for 623 yards. Fauria set the franchise record for touchdown receptions by a rookie tight end, and his three-touchdown performance in Week 6 at Cleveland set a single-game franchise record among tight ends and all rookies. His seven scores were also tied for second among all 2013 rookies.
Prior to joining the Lions, Johnson served a one-year stint as tight ends coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2012) and two years as assistant offensive line coach with the Buffalo Bills (2010-11). With the Jaguars, Johnson helped veteran TE Marcedes Lewis to his second 50-reception season and his third 500-yard season, while also recording his second-highest touchdown total with four scores. Under his guidance, the Bills’ offensive line ranked tied for seventh in the NFL from 2010-11 with just 57 sacks allowed. The team also averaged 4.6 rushing yards per attempt over those two seasons, good for sixth in the league.
From 2005-09, Johnson was the offensive line coach at Indiana, where he developed two NFL linemen in G/T Rodger Saffold, a second-round selection of the St. Louis Rams in 2010, and G James Brewer, a New York Giants’ fourth-round pick in 2011.
Before his stint at Indiana, Johnson was an assistant coach at Miami (Ohio), his alma mater, from 1999-2004, helping the RedHawks to a 13-1 season, a MAC Championship and GMAC Bowl victory in 2003. He also helped the team to an 8-5 finish in 2004 and a berth in the Independence Bowl. He spent his final season at Miami (Ohio) as the offensive line coach after working with the tight ends from 1999-2003. During his five-year tenure, the RedHawks were 36-5 when outrushing the opponent.
At Miami (Ohio), Johnson worked with eventual NFL draft picks G Jacob Bell (Tennessee Titans, 2004 fifth-round selection) and G Alex Sulfsted (Kansas City Chiefs, 2001 sixth-round selection), as well as free-agent signees TE Matt Brandt (Detroit Lions, 2004) and T Ben Herrell (Carolina Panthers, 2004).
Johnson spent four years at the University of Akron, the first two as a graduate assistant (1995-96) and then as the Zips’ defensive line coach (1997-98).
PERSONAL: Native of Akron, Ohio…Played tackle at Miami (Ohio), starting on the offensive line from 1992-94…Helped the RedHawks average 156.7 rushing yards per game in 1992 and 174.4 rushing yards per game in 1994…Graduated with a degree in health appraisal and sports organization…Attended Akron (Ohio) Hoban High School, where he was a standout lineman and a track-and-field letterman…He and his wife, Kristen, have two daughters, Madilyn and Olivia.
Silver and Black Productions sat down with tight ends coach Bobby Johnson who spoke about the traits of a good tight end and upholding the Raiders tradition.
The Raiders have a history of productive tight ends, including Dave Casper and Todd Christensen, and Coach Johnson intends to uphold that legacy.