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New Bills Offensive Line Coach Changing Culture

Posted at 7:39 PM, Aug 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-16 19:39:30-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Bills offensive line coach Bobby Johnson is bringing the energy and the noise for the 2019 season. It’s something he originally learned from his father.

“If you want somebody to listen, you have to have a presence,” Johnson said. “That’s just something my dad taught me. A lot of the coaches that I’ve played for and worked under, they were that way.”

Johnson returns to Buffalo as the offensive line coach for 2019 after a stint with the Bills from 2010 to 2011. Coaches and players alike are impressed with what he brings to the table.

“It’s all love, and we feed off that, which is driving this offensive line,” offensive tackle Dion Dawkins said. “He is our head and we’re following in his direction.”

“We have some colleagues in common. To watch and listen to how they describe Bobby is exactly what I’ve observed,” head coach Sean McDermott said. “You watch how he designs the running game, he’s a tireless worker.”

Throughout the summer at St. John Fisher college, Johnson wearing a hoodie on the hottest of days was a common sight. It’s how he sets an example for the offensive line about mental toughness.

“It’s just a mentality. I want my players to see, “well aren’t you hot?” “No.” I’m lying, you can see it,” Johnson said. “Physical toughness from mental toughness.”

Johnson inherited a position group that McDermott has described as “fluid.” The depth chart has seen several changes throughout training camp. But under Johnson, the players decide their own fate.

“The biggest thing is that we’ve just got to rebuild the culture in the room,” Johnson said. “I can’t tell you how many new guys there are going to be. They’re going to determine that. It’s going to be guys that display the culture and the attitude that we want on this team.”