ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — **The Broncos rounded out their defensive coaching staff on Tuesday with the addition of Johnnie Lynn as their assistant defensive backs coach.
Lynn brings 28 years of experience either as a player or a coach to the Broncos with his most recent stint being in Oakland with the Raiders as their defensive backs coach from 2012-2013. While in Oakland, Lynn's secondary that included veteran cornerback Charles Woodson aided an Oakland defense that ranked in top-10 opponent three-and-outs (24.9 percent).* *After Lynn left the Raiders, he was succeeded by current Broncos Defensive Coordinator Joe Woods and current Defensive Backs Coach Marcus Robertson.
Lynn's connections to this current Broncos staff continues all the way up to Head Coach Vance Joseph. The two previously worked together with the San Francisco 49ers from 2006-2010, overseeing the defensive backfield. The secondary led by these two defensive minds contributed to a consistently ranked, top-10 red zone defense during their tenure.
The Broncos new assistant defensive backs coach also spent time as a secondary/cornerbacks coach with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011, where he coached elite defensive talent in a unit that included Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who played for the Broncos for one season in 2013, as well as Asante Samuel and Nnamdi Asomugha. As a unit, these three corners contributed to the defense's 15 interceptions in 2011. He also worked with the Baltimore Ravens from 2004-2005 as a secondary coach.
Before he joined the Ravens, Lynn spent six years with the New York Giants as a defensive backs coach (1997-2001) and defensive coordinator (2002-2003), where he went to the playoffs three times, including an appearance in Super Bowl XXXV. In his final season with the Giants, Lynn's defense finished third in scoring defense (17.4 ppg) and ninth in total defense (309.3 ypg).
As a player, the former UCLA Bruin was drafted by the New York Jets in the fourth round of the 1979 NFL Draft. He spent eight years in the league with the Jets as a defensive back before ending his playing career after the 1986 season. In 97 games played with 48 starts, Lynn totaled 17 interceptions for 271 yards, including one pick-six.
After retiring from the game, Lynn got his coaching start with the University of Arizona working with both linebackers and defensive backs before rejoining the league with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a secondary coach in 1994.