Here's a possible reason that Patriots defensive line coach and former Giants linebacking great Pepper Johnson was never -- to my knowlege, anyway -- seriously considered for the defensive coordinator's job.
New England fired its DC a few minutes ago and the immediate in-house front-runner to succeed Dean Pees is: linebackers coach Matt Patricia.
Apparently, Johnson's name doesn't immediately spring to the mind of the eminent Bill Belichick, either, in regard to high-level coaching vacancies.
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