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Sam Garnes
Assistant Secondary/Safeties
College:
Cincinnati
Experience:
5

Sam Garnes enters his fourth season with Denver and fifth year overall in the NFL in 2014. Serving as assistant secondary/safeties coach for the Broncos, he was hired by the club on Jan. 27, 2011.

The Broncos’ secondary in 2013 overcame numerous injuries to its personnel, including extended periods without 12-time Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey and starting safety Rahim Moore. In their absence, cornerback Chris Harris Jr. became a steadying force on the outside and second-year safety Duke Ihenacho emerged as solid contributor in the defensive backfield.

Sam Garnes enters his fourth season with Denver and fifth year overall in the NFL in 2014. Serving as assistant secondary/safeties coach for the Broncos, he was hired by the club on Jan. 27, 2011.

The Broncos’ secondary in 2013 overcame numerous injuries to its personnel, including extended periods without 12-time Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey and starting safety Rahim Moore. In their absence, cornerback Chris Harris Jr. became a steadying force on the outside and second-year safety Duke Ihenacho emerged as solid contributor in the defensive backfield.

In 2012, Denver’s secondary helped the team’s No. 2-ranked defense finish third in the NFL against the pass (199.6 ypg). Bailey, who earned his 12th career Pro Bowl selection, and ninth-year safety Mike Adams, who totaled a career-best 80 tackles and 11 passes defensed, provided experience to the group that finished the regular season as the only unit in the NFL that didn’t allow a 300-yard passer.

In his first season with Denver in 2011, Garnes coached a pair of Pro Bowlers in Bailey and safety Brian Dawkins. Additionally, three rookies made significant contributions as Harris Jr. and Moore combined with safety Quinton Carter to start 21 games for the club.

Harris Jr., who made the team as a college free agent, led all NFL rookie defensive backs and ranked fourth on the Broncos with 65 tackles (56 solo). Carter started 12 of the team’s final 13 games, including the postseason, and recorded interceptions in both of Denver’s playoff contests. Tenth-year cornerback André Goodman opened every game for the Broncos in 2011 and tied for the team lead with two interceptions — including one returned for a touchdown — during the regular season.

In 2010, Garnes was a special teams and strength and conditioning assistant under Head Coach John Fox in Carolina, where he also worked closely with Broncos Special Teams Coordinator Jeff Rodgers.

Prior to entering the NFL coaching ranks, Garnes spent five seasons coaching various positions following his seven-year playing career.

He served as a defensive backs coach with the UFL’s Las Vegas Locomotives in 2009, helping them to the league’s inaugural championship. Garnes participated in the NFL’s Minority Internship Program twice – once with New Orleans during the team’s 2008 training camp and once with Carolina during its 2007 training camp.

His professional coaching career began in 2006 with the Cologne Centurions of NFL Europe. Under his guidance, the team led the league in pass defense and interceptions. In 2005, Garnes coached Emerson High School in Emerson, N.J.

Garnes played safety for five seasons with the New York Giants (1997-2001), while Fox was the team’s defensive coordinator. He then finished his career with the New York Jets, where he played from 2002-03. He started 105-of-106 games and registered 577 tackles, three sacks, 10 interceptions, 41 passes defensed, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries during his career. He was selected in the fifth round of the 1997 NFL Draft by the Giants.

A three-time first-team All-Conference USA and All-Liberty Bowl Alliance choice at the University of Cincinnati, Garnes finished his career as the Bearcats’ all-time leader in tackles and interceptions and graduated with a degree in criminal justice. He attended DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, N.Y., and was born on July 12, 1974.

COACHING EXPERIENCE

Denver Broncos
Assistant Secondary/Safeties                        2014
Assistant Secondary                                       2011-13

Carolina Panthers
Special Teams Assistant                                2010

Las Vegas Locomotives
Defensive Backs                                              2009

Cologne Centurions
Defensive Backs                                              2006

Emerson High School
Defensive Coordinator                                   2005

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