2nd year in NFL/2nd year with the Bills
Bobby Johnson enters his first year coaching in the NFL in 2010. He has spent the last five years as the offensive line coach at Indiana University.
2nd year in NFL/2nd year with the Bills
Bobby Johnson enters his second season with the Buffalo Bills in 2011. Johnson assists in all aspects of coaching the offensive line group and works specifically on the development of the group’s younger players.
Prior to joining the Bills, Johnson spent five years as the offensive line coach at Indiana University. At Indiana, Johnson developed Rodger Saffold (2010 2nd round selection to the St. Louis Rams) and James Brewer (2011 4th round selection to the NY Giants).
During Johnson’s tenure, the Hoosiers posted some of the top offensive numbers in school history.
Indiana broke the 2,000-yard rushing mark (2,003 yards - sixth in the Big Ten- in 2008) for two consecutive seasons (2007 and 2008). The first time since 2000 and 2001 an IU team produced back-to-back 2,000-yard rushing seasons.
In 2008, IU averaged 4.5 yards per carry and tallied 19 rushing scores, its best numbers since 2001 (5.5, 33). Indiana rushed for over 250 yards four times with a season-best 297 yards in the season-opening win over Western Kentucky.
What makes these numbers more impressive is the shuffling that took place on the line due to injuries. The Hoosiers used seven different starting lineups and nine total players, including three players receiving their first career action.
Johnson’s leadership helped the 2007 Indiana offensive line put together one of the best seasons in recent memory.
IU posted 157.4 yards per game on the ground and 393.8 yards of total offense, the highest averages in each category since the 2001 campaign. Indiana improved its rush total from the 2006 season by 43.6 yards per ballgame.
The IU rushing attack went over 100 yards nine times and over 200 yards on five occasions.
Guard John Sandberg earned All-Big Ten honorable mention from the coaches for his role in the offense’s success.
During the 2006 season, Johnson worked with the “seven blocks of limestone” - the nickname given to the seven incoming freshmen on the offensive line - and saw two of them (Pete Saxon and Rodger Saffold) earn multiple starts for the Hoosiers.
In 2005, Johnson worked with current Cleveland Brown Isaac Sowells, who participated in the East-West Shrine Game in San Antonio and later became a fourth-round draft pick by Cleveland.
Johnson, who was one of five assistant coaches who went to Indiana from Miami (OH), played an integral role in the Red Hawks’ balanced offense in 2004, as Miami averaged 125.2 yards per game on the ground and 282.8 yards through the air.
During Johnson’s five-year tenure, MU was 36-5 when it outrushed the opposition.
Johnson worked with eventual NFL draft picks Jacob Bell (fifth round, Tennessee Titans, 2004) and Alex Sulfsted (sixth round, Kansas City Chiefs, 2001) and free-agent signees Matt Brandt (Detroit Lions, 2004) and Ben Herrell (Carolina Panthers, 2004).
A former Miami offensive tackle who returned to his alma mater in 1999, Johnson spent four years at the University of Akron, two as a graduate assistant (1995-96) and two as the Zips’ defensive line coach (1997-98). From 1999-2003, Johnson served as Miami’s tight ends coach.
Upon graduating from Miami with a degree in health appraisal and sport organization in 1995, Johnson signed on as a graduate assistant with the Akron football staff.
During his two years as a graduate assistant, Johnson assisted with a defensive line that included NFL star Jason Taylor. Johnson was named the Zips’ defensive line coach in 1997.
During his playing career, Johnson was a three-year starter on the offensive line from 1992-94. In his sophomore and senior seasons, Miami finished 6-4-1 overall and 5-3 in the MAC. Johnson played an integral blocking role for Deland McCullough for three years.
McCullough, a two-time first team All-MAC selection, broke the league’s all-time rushing mark and currently ranks second on the MAC and Miami charts behind Travis Prentice.
Johnson was a standout at Akron Hoban High School, where he was honored as Ohio’s UPI Division III Lineman of the Year in 1991. He earned first team All-Ohio, first team all-district, All-Summit County, all-city and all-scholastic recognition. Johnson also lettered as a member of Hoban’s track team. Bobby and his wife, Kristen, have two daughters, Madilyn (12), and Olivia (9).