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Jack Del Rio
Defensive Coordinator
Experience:
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Jack Del Rio is in his third season as defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos in 2014. He was named to his current position on Feb. 6, 2012.

A coaching veteran of 17 seasons, including a nine-year stretch as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2003-11, Del Rio is the defensive coordinator for the second time under Head Coach John Fox, as the two spent the 2002 season together in Carolina.

Del Rio’s defenses have ranked in the Top 6 in the NFL in yards per game allowed in nine of his 16 seasons as a position coach, coordinator or head coach. During that time, he has coached 14 players to a total of 22 Pro Bowl selections.

Jack Del Rio is in his third season as defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos in 2014. He was named to his current position on Feb. 6, 2012.

A coaching veteran of 17 seasons, including a nine-year stretch as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2003-11, Del Rio is the defensive coordinator for the second time under Head Coach John Fox, as the two spent the 2002 season together in Carolina.

Del Rio’s defenses have ranked in the Top 6 in the NFL in yards per game allowed in nine of his 16 seasons as a position coach, coordinator or head coach. During that time, he has coached 14 players to a total of 22 Pro Bowl selections.

In his second season with the Broncos in 2013, Del Rio’s defense overcame the loss of several starters throughout the year and managed to improve drastically entering the playoffs. Over the last four weeks of the regular season, Denver ranked fourth in the NFL in total defense (271.5 ypg)—an improvement of 112.7 yards per game from its previous 12 contests.

Del Rio also accepted the additional role of interim head coach (Weeks 10-13) while John Fox underwent a heart procedure and led the Broncos to a 3-1 record against teams with a combined record of 29-9 (.763).

Denver’s defense in 2012 finished as the NFL’s No. 2 unit (290.8 ypg), ranking third against the pass (199.6 ypg) and the rush (91.1 ypg). The unit also tied for the league lead with 52 sacks and allowed the lowest opponent third-down percentage (30.6), while tying for the largest scoring improvement (6.3 ppg) from the previous season.

The Broncos produced Pro Bowl selections at each level of the defense in 2012, as cornerback Champ Bailey, linebacker Von Miller and defensive end Elvis Dumervil represented Denver on the AFC squad. Linebacker Wesley Woodyard, cornerback Chris Harris Jr. and safety Rahim Moore became productive starters for the group, and defensive end Derek Wolfe became just the second defensive lineman in team history to open every game as a rookie.

Miller, the runner-up for NFL Defensive Player of the Year, set a team record with 18.5 sacks in 2012 and combined with Dumervil (11 sacks) to represent the league’s top pass-rushing duo. Additionally, Woodyard became just the second Bronco in 30 years to record at least 100 tackles, five sacks and three interceptions in a season.

Prior to joining the Broncos in 2012, Del Rio spent nine seasons at the helm in Jacksonville. During his head coaching tenure (2003-11) with the Jaguars, the club ranked sixth in the NFL in yards per game allowed (317.3) and eighth in points per game allowed (20.3). A staple of Del Rio’s defensive units was their ability to stop the run, surrendering just 105.6 yards per contests on the ground throughout his tenure to rank sixth in the league.

Under Del Rio, the Jaguars made two playoff appearances from 2005-07, highlighted by the club’s first postseason win in eight seasons with a 31-29 road victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers in a 2007 AFC Wild Card Game.

In just his second season in Jacksonville in 2004, Del Rio led the Jaguars (9-7) to their first winning record in five years and a second-place finish in the AFC South Division.

During his lone season as a defensive coordinator with Carolina in 2002, he inherited the NFL’s worst defense statistically (371.4 ypg allowed) and turned it into the league’s No. 2-ranked unit (290.4 ypg allowed). Additionally, the 2002 Panthers squad led the NFL in rushing average against (3.7) and ranked second in third down efficiency (32.9%) and sacks (52).

As linebackers coach for the Ravens from 1999-2001, Del Rio tutored a talented group that included Boulware, Lewis and Jamie Sharper. Baltimore’s 2000 team set the NFL 16-game record by allowing only 165 points while recording four shutouts and forcing a league-best 49 turnovers. Lewis was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year and the MVP of Super Bowl XXXV that season after a playoff run in which the defense surrendered just one touchdown in four games.

Del Rio began his coaching career with the New Orleans Saints under Head Coach Mike Ditka, serving as an assistant strength coach in 1997 before moving on to coach the linebackers in 1998.

A veteran of 11 seasons as an NFL linebacker, he was drafted in the third round (68th overall) of the 1985 NFL Draft by New Orleans and went on to make the NFL’s All-Rookie Team and earn the Saints’ Rookie of the Year award.

Following two seasons in New Orleans (1985-86), he played for Kansas City (1987-88), Dallas (1989-91) and Minnesota (1992-95). He led the Vikings in tackles in three consecutive years and was selected to participate in the Pro Bowl during the 1994 season. For his career, he played 160 games (128 starts) in the regular season and totaled 1,078 tackles, 12 sacks and 13 interceptions.

He was a four-year starter at the University of Southern California, where he earned consensus All-America honors as a senior and was runner-up for the Lombardi Award, given to the nation’s best lineman or linebacker. Named co-MVP of the 1985 Rose Bowl, Del Rio helped the Trojans to a 30-15-1 record while posting 340 career defensive stops, including 58 tackles for a loss.

Teammates with Randy Johnson and Mark McGwire on USC’s baseball team from 1983-84, he was drafted by Major League Baseball’s Toronto Blue Jays in 1981.

Del Rio was a three-sport star in football, baseball and basketball at Hayward High School in Hayward, Calif. He earned a degree in political science from the University of Kansas while playing for the Chiefs. Born on April 4, 1963, in Castro Valley, Calif., Del Rio and his wife, Linda, have three daughters (Lauren, Hope and Aubrey) and a son Luke, who is a redshirt freshman quarterback at Oregon State University.

PRO BOWL PLAYERS COACHED (14): CB Champ Bailey (2012), LB Peter Boulware (1999), DE Elvis Dumervil (2012), QB David Garrard (2009), DT John Henderson (2004, ‘06), DT Kris Jenkins (2002), RB Maurice Jones-Drew (2009-11), TE Mercedes Lewis (2010), LB Ray Lewis (1999-2001), CB Rashean Mathis (2006), LB Von Miller (2012), ST Montell Owens (2010-11), DT Marcus Stroud (2003-05), RB Fred Taylor (2007).

*as head coach, coordinator or primary position coach

COACHING EXPERIENCE

Denver Broncos

Defensive Coordinator 2012-14

Interim Head Coach 2014 (Weeks 10-13)

Jacksonville Jaguars

Head Coach 2003-11

Carolina Panthers

Defensive Coordinator 2002

Baltimore Ravens

Linebackers 1999-2001

New Orleans Saints

Linebackers 1998

Assistant Strength Coach 1997

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