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Johnson: Solid connection

Patriots DL coach popular with players for his experience, energy

Updated: January 24, 2010, 11:33 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

When New England Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork talks about being coached by Pepper Johnson over the past six seasons, one of the main aspects he appreciates is the connection between coach and player.

Wilfork says he sometimes forgets that Johnson is a coach because his passionate, energetic approach almost makes it seem like he's on the field with them.

"He is a player's coach and a big part of that is that he actually played the game," Wilfork said. "A lot of things ...

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