Coach Johnson is in his second season as the San Antonio Talons head coach. Johnson began his coaching career with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League, serving as defensive line coach in 1997 before being promoted to defensive coordinator the following season. He gained NFL coaching experience with an internship for the Denver Broncos in 2002 under then-defensive coordinator Ray Rhodes and defensive line coach Jacob Burney. He served as the defensive line coach for the Berlin Thunder of NFL Europe in 2001-02, helping guide the team to two World Bowl titles.
Johnson started his Arena Football League coaching career in 2000 as the defensive coordinator for the Carolina Cobras in their inaugural season. From 2003-06, Johnson was on the coaching staff of the Colorado Crush. He was originally named defensive coordinator and spent his final three seasons with the Crush as special teams/line coach. He spent the 2007 season as defensive coordinator of the Austin Wranglers. Johnson was the line coach with the Cleveland Gladiators in 2008. Under his guidance, the offensive line paved the way for fullback Marlion Jackson to rush a league-leading 356 yards and tied for the league lead with 23 rushing touchdowns. In 2011, he was the line coach under current Iowa Barnstormers Head Coach Mike Hohensee with the AF2’s Peoria Pirates.
Prior to his coaching career, Johnson had a playing career spread across the NFL, World League, CFL, and AFL. Johnson was member of the Washington Redskins when they won the Super Bowl in 1991. Most of his success as a player came in the AFL. Johnson played three seasons split between the Tampa Bay Storm and Charlotte Rage.
Personal: Johnson works with Sports Studios to do all of the sports shows: Any Given Sunday, The Longest Yard, USA show: Necessary Roughness along with Radio Show: Overtime with the All Pro.
Raymond 'Ray' Philyaw is a former arena football quarterback of the Arena Football League who now serves as the offensive coordinator for the Talons. He played for the Cleveland Gladiators, Chicago Rush, Kansas City Brigade, Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings and the Albany/Indiana Firebirds, leading the former to the American Conference championship game in 2004 and 2005. Prior to his Arena Football career, he played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League and the Madison Mad Dogs of the Indoor Football League. He holds the record for the highest career TD-to-INT ratio in AFL history and threw a school record 52 TDs while attending Louisiana-Monroe.
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