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Sam Garnes
Assistant Secondary
College:
Cincinnati
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Sam Garnes enters his third season with Denver and fourth year overall in the NFL in 2013. He was hired to his current position as the team’s assistant secondary coach on Jan. 27, 2011.

The Broncos’ secondary in 2012 helped the team’s No. 2-ranked defense finish third in the NFL against the pass (199.6 ypg). Veteran cornerback Champ 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.
Sam Garnes enters his third season with Denver and fourth year overall in the NFL in 2013. He was hired to his current position as the team’s assistant secondary coach on Jan. 27, 2011.

The Broncos’ secondary in 2012 helped the team’s No. 2-ranked defense finish third in the NFL against the pass (199.6 ypg). Veteran cornerback Champ 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.

Second-year cornerback Chris Harris emerged as a solid starter opposite Bailey, tying for the team lead with three interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns. Cornerback Tony Carter thrived as a situational player in passing situations, tying for the fewest completions allowed (27) among NFL players targeted 50 or more times and equaling the team-leading mark for passes defensed (11). Second-year safety Rahim Moore started 15-of-16 games for the club and played the most defensive snaps on the team.

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 and Moore combined with safety Quinton Carter to start 21 games for the club.

Harris, 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 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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