The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl may be a one-game showcase for interim head coach Mike Johnson, but he doesn’t look at it that way.
The former UCLA offensive coordinator is not expected to be retained by Jim L. Mora even though the two worked together with the Atlanta Falcons. Johnson was up for the head coaching position at his alma mater, Akron, but the job went to Terry Bowden.
“I’m not going to do anything drastic to make me look good,” Johnson said. “I’m not putting myself in front of the team at all. I’ll go in, coach the team, do my best and give us the best chance to win.”
The bowl game is not just a showcase for Johnson, though, but the players.
For a 6-7 team – one that has a chance to become the first 6-8 team in history – and one with a new incoming head coach, this is either Game 14 of the 2011 season or Game 1A of the 2012 campaign.
“The guys who are coming back, they’re looking at this going forward; the seniors are trying to go out on a positive note,” Johnson said. “If you have tremendous pride you’re going to go out and try hard and end your career on a positive note.”