Philadelphia Eagles: For the second consecutive year defensive coordinator Jim Johnson is a candidate for a head-coaching job. The San Francisco 49ers looked at him last offseason and the Arizona Cardinals are interested in him this year. Michael Bidwill, son of Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill, named Johnson, along with former Minnesota Vikings coach Dennis Green, recently fired New York Giants coach Jim Fassel and New England Patriots defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel, as Arizona's top four candidates. Johnson's first coaching job in the NFL was with Bill Bidwill's St. Louis/Arizona Cardinals, from 1986 to 1993, as a defensive line and defensive back coach. Johnson is 62, which would be old for a first-time NFL head coach, but his agent doesn't think that will be a problem. "How old is old?" Bob LaMonte asked the Philadelphia Daily News, noting the success of Cowboys coach Parcells and 67-year-old Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil. "Jim Johnson's reputation over the last 4 years, what he's done particularly this year [when the defense has been ravaged by injury], people have to look at him as a viable candidate." Johnson's only job as head coach was in 1968-69 at Missouri Southern.
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