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Reggie Herring
Linebackers
Age:
58
College:
Florida State
Experience:
13

Reggie Herring enters his fourth season as linebackers coach with the Broncos in 2018. A coaching veteran of 37 seasons, including 12 NFL campaigns, Herring was hired by the club on Jan. 28, 2015.

A linebackers coach for 36 years spanning the college and NFL ranks, Herring arrived in Denver to coach the position in 2015 after previous stops in the league with Chicago (2014), Houston (2002-03, ’11-13) and Dallas (2008-10).

REGGIE HERRING
LINEBACKERS 
13th NFL Season (4th with Broncos)

Reggie Herring enters his fourth season as linebackers coach with the Broncos in 2018. A coaching veteran of 37 seasons, including 12 NFL campaigns, Herring was hired by the club on Jan. 28, 2015.

A linebackers coach for 36 years spanning the college and NFL ranks, Herring arrived in Denver to coach the position in 2015 after previous stops in the league with Chicago (2014), Houston (2002-03, ’11-13) and Dallas (2008-10).

Herring has coached nine linebackers who have made Pro Bowl appearances during their careers, including outside linebackers Ware (9), Mario Williams (4), and Connor Barwin (1), and inside linebackers Zac Thomas (7), Keith Brooking (5), Lance Briggs (7), Brian Cushing (1), Sean Lee (2) and DeMeco Ryans (2).

Coaching Denver’s inside linebackers for the last three seasons, Herring helped lead a defense that allowed a league-low 296.4 yards per game during that span.

In 2017, inside linebackers Brandon Marshall and Todd Davis finished as the Broncos’ top two leading tacklers. Marshall’s 106 defensive stops represented the third time in his career—and second time under Herring—he eclipsed the 100-tackle mark. Davis started 14 games and produced 82 tackles as a key component of Denver’s fifth-ranked run defense (89.4 ypg).

Davis led the Broncos with 96 tackles (63 solo) during his first season as a starter in 2016 while Marshall (11 starts) and Corey Nelson (5 starts) accounted for 114 combined defensive stops. The trio of inside linebackers were instrumental in Denver’s effort in allowing an NFL-low 4.7 yards per play for the season.

Herring helped Denver’s defensive transition to a 3-4 alignment in 2015, coaching Danny Trevathan (110 tackles) and Marshall (101 tackles), who finished No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in defensive stops for the NFL’s No. 1-ranked unit (283.1 ypg). The linebackers, both of whom overcame significant injuries sustained in 2014, were named co-recipients of the team’s Ed Block Courage Award after starting 37-of-38 games during Denver’s championship run and becoming the first Broncos defensive tandem to reach 100 tackles each since 2009.

Before his lone season working with the Bears in 2014, Herring coached in his second stint with the Texans from 2011-13. He was part of a staff that helped turn the league’s 30th-ranked defensive unit into a group that ranked fourth overall (308.8 ypg) during his three years with the club.

In 2011, Herring’s linebacker group accounted for 27 of the team’s 44 sacks as the Texans ranked second in the NFL in total defense (285.7 ypg). Linebacker Brian Cushing earned second-team All-Pro honors from the Associated Press in 2011, and Connor Barwin transitioned from defensive end to outside linebacker and finished third in the AFC with 11.5 sacks.

As linebackers coach for Dallas from 2008-10, Herring helped outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware deliver the most productive three-season stretch of his career. In addition to averaging more than 100 tackles per season under Herring, Ware ranked first in the NFL with 46.5 sacks during that span, including two single seasons (20.0, 2008, 15.5, 2010) leading the league in that category.

Herring began his NFL coaching career instructing linebackers for the expansion Texans from 2002-03. Linebacker Jamie Sharper ranked second in the NFL with 303 tackles during his two seasons under Herring, including a league-high 166 defensive stops in 2003.

Before being hired by the Texans, Herring served as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at North Carolina State (2004) and Arkansas (2005-07).

During Herring’s lone season with the Wolfpack in 2004, N.C. State led the country in total defense (221.4 ypg). The unit featured up-and-coming sophomore defensive end Mario Williams, who would go on to become the No. 1 overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft by the Texans.

In Herring’s second year with Arkansas in 2006, he was named a finalist for the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation’s top assistant coach. He also served as interim head coach for the Razorbacks during the 2008 Cotton Bowl.

Herring spent eight years at Clemson University, serving as linebackers coach from 1994-96 and defensive coordinator from 1997-2001. The Tigers made six bowl appearances during that stretch as seven of Herring’s linebackers were selected in the NFL Draft. Herring was hired by Clemson after spending two seasons (1992-93) as defensive coordinator for Texas Christian University.

He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant for Oklahoma State in 1981 and was promoted to linebackers coach from 1982-85. Herring coached the same position at Auburn University from 1982-85 as the Tigers won three Southeastern Conference Championships during his four years with the school.

A three-year starter at linebacker for Florida State University from 1978-80, Herring led the Seminoles in tackles in each of his three seasons with the program. He was named a team captain during his senior season in 1980 and was later elected to the FSU Hall of Fame in 1989.

Born on July 3, 1959, in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Herring and his wife, Lisa, have a daughter, Caroline, and a son, Adam.

PRO BOWL PLAYERS COACHED (1): LB DeMarcus Ware (2008-10).
*as primary position coach

COACHING EXPERIENCE

Denver Broncos
Linebackers ... 2015-18

Chicago Bears
Linebackers ... 2014

Houston Texans
Linebackers ... 2011-13

Dallas Cowboys
Linebackers ... 2008-10

University of Arkansas
Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers ... 2005-07

North Carolina State University    
Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers ... 2004

Houston Texans
Linebackers ... 2002-03

Clemson University
Defensive Coordinator ... 1997-2001
Linebackers ... 1994-96

Texas Christian University
Defensive Coordinator ... 1992-93

Auburn University
Linebackers ... 1986-91

Oklahoma State University
Linebackers ... 1982-85
Graduate Assistant ... 1981

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