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Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson dead at 68by Express-Times staff and wire Tuesday July 28, 2009, 5:58 PMAP File Photo | MILES KENNEDYThe Philadelphia Eagles announced that former defensive coordinator Jim Johnson died at the age of 68 after a struggle with cancer.The Philadelphia Eagles have announced that former defensive coordinator Jim Johnson died this afternoon at the age of 68 following a courageous battle with cancer.The architect of the Eagles aggressive defense received a great deal of renown for consistently having his unit at or near the top of many defensive categories since he joined coach Andy Reid's staff a decade ago.A veteran of a 22-year NFL coaching career with Arizona, Indianapolis, Seattle and Philadelphia, Johnson played two seasons with the Buffalo Bills after being an All-Conference quarterback at Missouri before embarking on a coaching career.Members of Johnson's defensive units have been named to 26 Pro Bowls and the team achieved great success by earning seven playoff berths, five trips to the NFC Championship game and one Super Bowl appearance.Johnson is survived by his wife, Vicky, two children, Scott and Michelle, and four grandchildren, Katie, Justin, Brandon, and Jax.

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