Don Johnson

Sr. Assistant/Defensive Line

College: Jersey City State

Hometown: Newark, NJ

Experience: 12 years


Veteran assistant coach Don Johnson enters his first season with the Cardinals as the team’s senior assistant/defensive line after he joined Arizona’s coaching staff on 2/14/18. Johnson, a veteran of 38 seasons as a coach, came to Arizona after previous NFL assignments with the San Diego Chargers (2009-15), Oakland Raiders (2007-08) and Chicago Bears (2005-06).

He coached for seven seasons with the Chargers, helping develop DT Corey Liuget, San Diego’s first-round selection in 2011. In 2014, Liuget led the Chargers in sacks (4.5) and tackles for loss (19), while leading the defensive line in QB hits (18) and fumble recoveries (two). That followed the 2013 season where Liuget led the Chargers in sacks (5.5), tackles for loss (10) and QB hits (18).