Jay Rodgers enters his fifth season with the Denver Broncos and his second as defensive line coach in 2013 after spending the previous three campaigns as a defensive assistant for the club.
Rodgers, who worked for nine seasons at the collegiate level before joining the Broncos, was originally hired by Denver on Jan. 21, 2009, and was promoted to his current role on May 14, 2012.
In 2012, Rodgers instructed a unit that helped the club tie for the NFL lead in sacks (52) while ranking third against the run (91.1 yds./G). Defensive end Elvis Dumervil earned his second consecutive Pro Bowl selection under Rodgers, ranking second on the Broncos with 11 quarterback takedowns, including a league-best six strip sacks.
Defensive end Derek Wolfe emerged as a solid contributor, recording six sacks and becoming just the second rookie defensive lineman in team history to start every game. Veterans Justin Bannan and Kevin Vickerson combined with second-year player Mitch Unrein to provide a steady force in the middle.
During the 2011 campaign, Rodgers was part of a staff that helped the club improve in nearly every defensive statistical category from the previous season. Additionally, Denver tied Baltimore and San Francisco for the most defensive players (4) selected to the Pro Bowl, as Dumervil, cornerback Champ Bailey, safety Brian Dawkins and linebacker Von Miller made the league’s annual All-Star Game.
During his first NFL season with the Broncos in 2009, Rodgers was a defensive assistant for a unit that ranked third in the league against the pass (186.3 ypg.) while placing seventh in both yards per game (315.0) and yards per play (5.0). Also that year, Dumervil became the first player in franchise history to lead the league in sacks with a club-record 17.
A former college quarterback, Rodgers coached the offensive side of the ball before joining the Broncos, instructing Iowa State’s wide receivers from 2007-08 after coaching quarterbacks at Stephen F. Austin University (2005-06) and Missouri State University (2004).
He served as passing game coordinator at Dodge City Community College in Kansas during the 2003 season following stints at Louisiana State University (2001-02) and Ohio State University (2000).
At Iowa State, Rodgers instructed the school’s all-time leading wide receiver, Todd Blythe, during his senior campaign in 2007 and helped him to honorable mention All-Big 12 Conference accolades after he posted a career-high 52 catches (779 yds., 5 TDs) that year. Blythe signed a free-agent contract with the New Orleans Saints following the completion of his collegiate career.
During two seasons as Stephen F. Austin’s quarterbacks coach from 2005-06, Rodgers worked with one of the best passing offenses in the country. The school ranked 12th nationally with a Southland Conference-best 283.5 passing yards per game average in 2005, and quarterback Zeke Dixon accounted for 20 touchdown passes and 2,407 passing yards that year.
Rodgers coached quarterbacks at Missouri State in 2004 after serving as passing game coordinator at Dodge City Community College in 2003, helping that school rank eighth nationally in passing yards per game.
He spent two years as a graduate assistant at LSU from 2001-02, years in which the Tigers won the Southeastern Conference’s Western Division. He was a defensive graduate assistant in 2002, working primarily with the defensive backs, and was an offensive graduate assistant on LSU’s 2001 squad that won the SEC title and the Sugar Bowl.
Rodgers’ coaching career began in 2000 as a recruiting intern at Ohio State.
In college, Rodgers played quarterback for three seasons at Indiana University, starting 15 games before transferring to Missouri State for his senior season. In his one season with the Bears in 1999, he was voted team captain and MVP after setting several school single-season passing records.
A native of Austin, Texas, Rodgers attended Austin Westlake High School and received a bachelor’s degree from Indiana in 2000. His younger brother, Jeff, is entering his second season as the Broncos’ special teams coordinator. Rodgers, who was born on Aug. 29, 1976, in St. Paul, Minn., is married to Melissa, and they have a daughter, Avery, and a son, Rock.
PRO BOWL PLAYERS COACHED (1): DE Elvis Dumervil (2012).
*as head coach, coordinator or primary position coach
Defensive Line 2012-13
Quality Control-Defense 2011
Coaching Assistant 2009-10
Iowa State University
Wide Receivers 2007-08
Stephen F. Austin University
Missouri State University
Dodge City C.C. (Kansas)
Passing Game/QBs/WRs 2003
Louisiana State University
Defensive Graduate Assistant 2002
Offensive Graduate Assistant 2001
Ohio State University
Recruiting Intern 2000
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