Just a quick recap of what this countdown is. Over the next few weeks, we will take a look at our choices for the 25 people who will have a short-term and a long-term effect on the rebuilding of the Auburn football program.
4) Ellis Johnson, defensive coordinator
By Aaron Brenner
Brian VanGorder has an excellent reputation has a teacher, yet he couldn’t teach last year’s squad consistency, and slow starts and fundamentals were also challenges he never overcame. The players embraced his rugged style in August, but it never translated to the game field. Obviously, Johnson’s a much different guy in his mannerisms, but he’s equally blunt and demanding. If a guy stinks, Johnson won’t hesitate to tell him he stinks.
Johnson is 61 years old. He’s been coaching since before his offensive coordinator counterpart, Rhett Lashlee, was born. He’s got a national championship ring, and has taken part of four Southeastern Conference championship games. He’s been successful pretty much everywhere he’s been as a coordinator. Nothing is guaranteed in this sport, but the staff Johnson has assembled should reinstate the Tigers as a respectable and effective SEC defense. The question might not be if … but what about when?