XFL team fires defensive coordinator one week into the season
Welp, that was quick.
If you missed the debut of the new XFL on Saturday, you missed the Los Angeles Wildcats being taken behind the woodshed by the Houston Roughnecks during the first week of the season. Houston won the game by a 20-point margin, beating Los Angeles 37-17 on Saturday.
Two days later, Los Angeles has fired defensive coordinator Pepper Johnson according to FootballScoop. Unfortunately for Johnson, he can now say he’s coached in the XFL and the AAF but lasted longer in the league that disbanded halfway through its debut season.
The Los Angeles Wildcats are led by head coach Winston Moss, who is a longtime NFL assistant.
Johnson played and coached in the NFL following a successful college career at Ohio State. A second-round pick in the 1986 NFL Draft, Johnson played for the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions before finishing his career with the New York Jets. He went on to coach for the Patriots, Bills and Jets before landing a job in the AAF.
If you missed it, we ran an article sharing our thoughts on the debut season of the new XFL, which can be read here.
UPDATE: The Los Angeles Wildcats have confirmed the news of Johnson’s firing.