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Joe Woods
Defensive Coordinator
Age:
47
College:
Illinois State
Hometown:
N. Vandergrift, Va.
Experience:
14

Joe Woods is in his first year as defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos in 2017 after spending his first two seasons with the team as defensive backs coach. He was originally hired by the Broncos on Feb. 9, 2015.

A coaching veteran of 25 years, Woods has instructed defensive backs in the NFL during the last 13 seasons with Denver (2015-16), Oakland (2014), Minnesota (2006-13) and Tampa Bay (2004-05).

Joe Woods is in his first year as defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos in 2017 after spending his first two seasons with the team as defensive backs coach. He was originally hired by the Broncos on Feb. 9, 2015.

A coaching veteran of 25 years, Woods has instructed defensive backs in the NFL during the last 13 seasons with Denver (2015-16), Oakland (2014), Minnesota (2006-13) and Tampa Bay (2004-05).

During his NFL coaching tenure, Woods has coached seven players to 12 total Pro Bowl selections. His secondaries have been part of No. 1 pass defenses on three occasions (2004, ‘15-16), and his teams have allowed fewer than three 300-yard passers per season.

With Woods coaching the Broncos’ defensive backs, Denver finished first in the NFL in pass defense in both 2015 (199.6 ypg) and 2016 (185.8). The Broncos also held opponents to the lowest completion percentage (57.8), yards per attempt (5.99) and passer rating (74.3) during that stretch.

No NFL secondary scored more defensive touchdowns (7) than the Broncos from 2015-16 as Denver’s defensive backs found the end zone on six interception returns and one fumble return in that span.

All four of Denver’s starting defensive backs made at least one Pro Bowl during the last two seasons, including cornerbacks Chris Harris Jr. (2015-16) and Aqib Talib (2015-16), who were also named first-team All-Pro selections by the Associated Press in 2016. Safeties T.J. Ward (2015) and Darian Stewart (2016) also earned Pro Bowl recognitions while playing for Woods.

The Broncos’ secondary in 2016 held opponents to the fewest yards per game (185.8), yards per attempt (5.8) and passing touchdowns (13) in the NFL. Quarterbacks registered a 69.7 passer rating against Denver in 2016 as the Broncos joined the 2013 Seahawks as the only teams in the last five years to hold opponents under a 70.0 rating for an entire season.

In Woods’ first season coaching the Broncos’ secondary in 2015, Denver finished first in the NFL against the pass (199.6 ypg) while the defensive backfield accounted for 11 interceptions, 56 passes defensed, nine forced fumbles and four touchdowns. The Broncos posted three interceptions against just one passing touchdown allowed during Denver’s postseason run that ended with a victory in Super Bowl 50.

Woods coached the Raiders’ defensive backs in 2014, working with veteran safety Charles Woodson, who led the team with 160 tackles (105 solo) and four interceptions (35 yds.) in his 17th NFL season. He also tutored D.J. Hayden as the second-year cornerback made considerable progress from his rookie season while starting 8-of-10 games played for Oakland.

Before joining the Raiders, Woods spent eight seasons coaching defensive backs in Minnesota. The Vikings finished among the NFL’s top 10 defenses in four of his first five years with the club, capturing back-to-back NFC North Division titles from 2008-09 and making an NFC Championship Game appearance following the 2009 season.

In 2013, Woods was instrumental in the development of first-round cornerback Xavier Rhodes, who appeared in 13 games (6 starts) for the club and set a Vikings rookie record with 23 passes defensed.

Cornerback Antoine Winfield earned all three of his career Pro Bowl selections (2008-10) playing for Woods, recording 14 interceptions and 58 passes defensed in his six years with the Vikings.

Woods was brought to Minnesota in 2006 along with Defensive Coordinator Mike Tomlin, who worked side-by-side with him as a secondary coach in Tampa Bay from 2004-05. In his initial season with the Vikings, Woods helped develop a trio of rookies, including cornerback Cedric Griffin (2nd Round; No. 48 overall), the club’s highest-drafted defensive back in 11 years.

During his first two NFL seasons with Tampa Bay, Woods helped coach a talented secondary led by cornerbacks Ronde Barber and Brian Kelly. Barber, an NFL 2000s All-Decade performer, earned first-team All-Pro recognition from the Associated Press following each of his two seasons playing for Woods.

In 2005, the Buccaneers boasted the NFL’s top defensive unit (277.8 ypg)—including the league’s sixth-ranked pass defense (183.1 ypg)—while finishing 11-5 and capturing the NFC South Division title. Barber set a team single-season record for most tackles (120) by a cornerback and led the club with five interceptions.

Tampa Bay ranked first in the NFL in pass defense (161.2 ypg) in Woods’ initial season with the club in 2004 and limited opposing quarterbacks to a 77.2 passer rating. Barber was selected to his second career Pro Bowl after finishing the season as one of just four NFL cornerbacks to record at least three interceptions and three sacks.

Before joining the Bucs, Woods was the defensive backs coach for three seasons (2001-03) at Western Michigan University. He coached the same position with Hofstra University from 1998-2000, helping the school make consecutive trips to the 1-AA playoff quarterfinals.

Woods also served as defensive backs coach at Kent State University (1997) and Grand Valley State University (1994-96) following a stint coaching linebackers during the spring of 1994 at Northwestern State University.

He began his coaching career as a defensive backs coach at Muskingum College in 1992 and moved on to become a graduate assistant coach at Eastern Michigan University in 1993.

Woods lettered four times as a cornerback and safety during his collegiate career at Illinois State University, graduating from the school in 1992 with a degree in criminal justice. He was team captain as a senior in 1991 and went on to earn first-team All-Gateway Conference honors following his final season.

Born on June 25, 1970, in North Vandergrift, Va., Woods and his wife, Ellen, have two daughters, Brianna and Danari, and a son, Geno.

PRO BOWL PLAYERS COACHED (7): CB Ronde Barber (2004-05), CB Chris Harris Jr. (2015-16), S Darren Sharper (2007), S Darian Stewart (2016), CB Aqib Talib (2015-16), S T.J. Ward (2015), CB Antoine Winfield (2008-10).

*as primary position coach

COACHING EXPERIENCE

Denver Broncos
Defensive Coordinator 2017
Defensive Backs 2015-16

Oakland Raiders
Defensive Backs 2014

Minnesota Vikings
Defensive Backs 2006-13

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Defensive Backs 2004-05

Western Michigan University
Defensive Backs 2001-03

Hofstra University
Defensive Backs 1998-2000

Kent State University
Defensive Backs 1997

Grand Valley State University
Defensive Backs 1994-96

Northwestern State University
Linebackers 1994 (Spring)

Eastern Michigan University
Graduate Assistant 1993

Muskingum College
Defensive Backs 1992

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